How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority

How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority

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How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority by Clay Scroggins

"This book will be one of the most, if not the most, pivotal leadership books you'll ever read." - Andy Stanley

"If you're ready to lead right where you are, this book can show you how to start." - Dave Ramsey

"Read this book! The marketplace is full of leadership messages, but this one is a stand out." - Louie Giglio

Are you letting your lack of authority paralyze you?

One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. Great leaders don't buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority and learn to unleash their influence wherever they are.

With practical wisdom and humor, Clay Scroggins will help you nurture your vision and cultivate influence, even when you lack authority in your organization. And he will free you to become the great leader you want to be so you can make a difference right where you are. Even when you're not in charge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310531579
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 50,963
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Clay Scroggins is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church, providing visionary and directional leadership for all of the local church staff and congregation. As the original and largest campus of North Point Ministries, ranked by Outreach Magazine in 2014 as the Largest Church in America, NPCC averages over 12,000 people in attendance. Clay works for Andy Stanley, one of the greatest leaders on the planet, and understands firsthand how to manage the tension of leading when you’re not in charge.

Starting out as a facilities intern (a.k.a. Vice-President of Nothing), he has worked his way through many organizational levels of North Point Ministries and knows all too well the challenge of authority deprivation. Clay holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a Master’s degree and doctorate with an emphasis in Online Church from Dallas Theological Seminary. He lives in Forsyth County, Georgia, with his wife, Jenny, and their four children.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Acknowledgments 15

Part I Understanding Our Challenge

Chapter 1 The Oddity of Leadership 19

Chapter 2 Identity Crisis 37

Chapter 3 Reclaim Kibosh 63

Part 2 The Four Behaviors

Chapter 4 Lead Yourself 89

Chapter 5 Choose Positivity 111

Chapter 6 Think Critically 131

Chapter 7 Reject Passivity 149

Part 3 Challenging Authority

Chapter 8 Challenging Up 169

Chapter 9 Breaking Down Challenging Up 189

Chapter 10 Your Next Chapters Starts Today 211

Notes 227

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was both helpful and humorous, which I greatly appreciated since reading non-fiction isn’t my most favorite thing. This book explains how to start leading right now, no matter what seat you’re sitting in, or whatever your job title might be, and gives applications that readers can start doing right away to gain influence. The thing that makes this book stand out from all other leadership books I’ve read is the Biblical perspective that Clay provides throughout. Not only will those working in ministry benefit from the teaching, but so will business executives, teachers, accountants, plumbers, artists – everyone. If you’ve ever had the thought “if I was in charge…” or “this would work better if…” than this book is for you. Anyone can make change happen if it’s done the right way, and this book will guide you through the process.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading this book. Clay presents practical and essential steps to help you reach your leadership potential even if you are not the person in charge. Everyone has influence and how we chose to use our influence determines our level of impact, Clay bring this point to light in a powerful way. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow as a leader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading this book. Clay presents practical and essential steps to help you reach your leadership potential even if you are not the person in charge. Everyone has influence and how we chose to use our influence determines our level of impact, Clay bring this point to light in a powerful way. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow as a leader.
Mbayne76 More than 1 year ago
I wish I had this book 20 years ago when I started this journey leading inside the church. There is something hard wired in every leader that makes following difficult. We see problems and possibilities and we want to push change forward, but for most of we are not the one holding the authority to make change happen fast. Clay Scroggins unpacks how to deal with this tension in How to Lead When You're Not in Charge. I'm in a different seat these days. I am the lead pastor and I am still under authority. This is a not a book for some leaders but rather a resource to help to all leaders. We all want to be the point leader. We all think if we were in charge we would advance the mission. We all suffer from the lure of power and affirmation. Clay uses this book to help us face the reality of our own leadership depravity and then leads us toward a path of intentional leadership and service regardless of our title. You need to read this book because you are called to lead in an honorable way right now. You can't wait for permission or title before you lead. This book is a strategic tool to help you discover how you can start leading now and honor your authority at the same time. Buy the book. Process the book slowly. Live these principles out. Lead now!