Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders

Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders

by Joseph M. Stowell


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ISBN-13: 9780310538387
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 895,742
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dr. Joseph M. Stowell serves as the President of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Joe also works with RBC Ministries, partnering in media productions, outreach to pastors, writing, and a web ministry called Strength for the Journey. His books include The Trouble with Jesus, Following Christ, Simply Jesus and You, and Radical Reliance. He earned degrees from Cedarville University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Joe and his wife Martie are the parents of three adult children.

Table of Contents

In Gratitude 11

Introduction: A Redefined Goal 13

Part 1 A Redefined Priority 21

Chapter 1 Character-Driven Leadership 23

Chapter 2 The Unlikely Leader 32

Chapter 3 Taking Leadership Personally 46

Part 2 A Redefined Identity 55

Chapter 4 Followership 57

Chapter 5 By What Authority? 73

Chapter 6 .Where Have All the Shepherds Gone? 86

Chapter 7 The Humble Shepherd 106

Chapter 8 Minding Your Own Leadership 113

Part 3 A Redefined Leader 129

Chapter 9 Which Kingdom? 131

Chapter 10 Reliant and Repentant 138

Chapter 11 Meek and Righteous 148

Chapter 12 Merciful and Pure 157

Conclusion: A Redefined Expectation 169

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'This book is powerful. It exposes the eternal consequences of having earthly applause for our Christian leadership and service, while receiving Heaven’s silence. And it is incredibly encouraging because it also reveals that leaders and ministries that seem to have earth’s silence may one day be the very ones who receive Heaven’s applause. After reading it, I re-examined my leadership, repented of my desire for “outcome,” and recommitted my “followership” to more clearly reflect our Servant King. Thank you, Joe Stowell.' — Anne Graham Lotz, Speaker and author of Wounded by God’s People

'My soul needed this book. Redefining Leadership offers the profound reminder that our legacy is formed by who we are, and not merely by what we accomplish.' — Jeff Manion, Senior Teaching Pastor, Ada Bible Church in Ada, Michigan, and author of The Land Between

'I am so grateful to God that my dear friend, Joe Stowell, has written Redefining Leadership. Not only is Joe a portrait of what he has written, but he has also spent much of his life and ministry shaping the next generation of Kingdom leaders. He writes not just from experience and what he has observed, but from a life and ministry marked by godly integrity. This book is a treasure and all who have been given the gift and privilege of influencing others. Thanks, Joe, for the clear, compelling reminder that we are to lead according to the ways of the Kingdom and the will of our King, Jesus Christ.' — Dr. Crawford W. Loritts, Jr, Author, speaker, radio host, and senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, Georgia

'A revolutionary and life-shaping book on kingdom leadership, one rooted not in outcome-based theories about leadership but in theology—-a kingdom-saturated and gospel-based theology where the leader is first a follower whose character is transformed by God’s grace. The revolution of this book is that God’s transformation of us makes us God’s kingdom leaders, and this is just the kind of leadership we need today. Five stars!' — Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

'Joe knows leadership. And he knows what the Bible says about leading. He’s a guide worth following.' — John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and author of Who Is This Man?

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Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Dolphins72 More than 1 year ago
The author maintains that leadership is all about character, resulting in a leader who serves out of humility rather than position. Character, not outcome, is the key. John Maxwell says leadership is a gift. When it's treated as such, it becomes a stewardship rather than a position laden with expectations and rights. Real leaders follow, and they follow Jesus. John Maxwell says leadership's power is not to be used to bless oneself or to gain attention, affirmation and acclaim; rather, it is to be used to let go of perks and privileges, empty oneself of self, and lead by being a servant in humble obedience. This book was interesting and challenging, effectively citing Scripture to support the author's positions. The material was appealing and cohesive, although redundant in places, as so many books today are. I received this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze Program.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe Stowell provides a good biblical and balanced approach to leadership and writes with clear insight from a lifetime of experience.