Leadership Essentials: Shaping Vision, Multiplying Influence, Defining Character

Leadership Essentials: Shaping Vision, Multiplying Influence, Defining Character

by Greg Ogden, Daniel Meyer


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Leadership is essential.
Maybe you've shied away from leadership because you don't know what it will involve, or you feel too unsure of your own abilities. But your leadership is needed! In every sector of society, from families to businesses to churches, leadership roles remain empty, waiting for people willing and able to step up and make wise decisions that bring positive change. And, in a world with priorities vastly different from Christ's, Christian leaders are especially needed to point people to him.
Preparation is essential.
As essential as the leadership itself is the preparation beforehand, which is why Greg Ogden, a seasoned leader himself, has created this interactive guide that will give you the tools you need to lead well, using your unique gifts and experience.
Divided into four sections, this workbook will help you develop character, postures, vision and skills as you participate in the following elements in each chapter:

  • a memory verse
  • a Bible study
  • a reading
  • a leadership exercise

By working through these multiple channels of learning you'll be equipped not just with head knowledge about leadership but with true character formation and awareness of your own abilities that will prepare you for the challenges and choices of leadership.
Designed to work well on your own, with a partner or with a group, Leadership Essentials by Greg Ogden and Daniel Meyer is the essential preparation tool for those who would be led and shaped by Christ to lead others with strength and wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830810970
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/29/2007
Series: The Essentials Set
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,208,251
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x (h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Greg Ogden (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is executive pastor of discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. Previously he was associate professor of lay equipping and discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary. A pastor for twenty-three years with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he developed a discipleship program resulting in his bestselling book Discipleship Essentials. you can visit his website at gregogden.com.

Daniel Meyer (M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. Dan's sermons are heard weekly on Chicago radio and television stations. They are also frequently featured in Christianity Today's Preaching Today resource. Additionally, Dan is the host of television's Life Focus news program. He serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of Fuller Theological Seminary's School of Intercultural Studies. He has been an adjunct teaching resource for the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Art of Multiplying Influence

Part One: The Character of a Leader

1 Holy

Developing a vision of Christlike character

2 Habitual

Cultivating spiritual disciplines to sustain our leadership

3 Humble

Keeping watch over our souls

Part Two: The Posture of a Leader

4 Kneeling

Embracing servant love as our primary model

5 Teaming

Building teams to accomplish our corporate mission

6 Stewarding

Stewarding our gifts, passions and personality

Part Three: The Vision of a Leader

7 The Compelling Christ

Loving passionately the compelling Christ

8 Embracing the Kingdom

Engaging people in mission

9 Helping Others See

Lifting people out of lethargy and inertia

Part Four: The Shaping of a Leader

10 Taming Temptation

Facing the dangers of money, sex and power

11 Conquering Criticism

Handling criticism with humility and fortitude

12 Defeating Dragons

Addressing disappointment, frustration, anger and depression

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