The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters
By: R. Albert Mohler Jr.
This book has 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters, and I will briefly write a short review on the following four Principles that I believe, in my personal, humble opinion, every leader must learn.
Chapter 16: Leaders as Stewardship
I suggest that you read this two-part series from Albert Mohler’s blog as well:
Our first impression of the word “stewardship” might bring to mind “The Parable of the Talents” in Matthew 25:14-30. Most think of God as someone in this parable who only cares about what He gains when He returns. If that’s the case, you might want to read Chapter 22.
Chapter 22: The Leader and Time
“…success or failure depends upon the right deployment and stewardship of time” (p. 184).
Even in the downside of economic periods, you don’t hear people complain about not having enough money, but about not having enough time in a day. Some even wish that there were 48 hours in a day.
In “The Parable of the Talents”, one can make the excuse that the other has one or four more talents than he or she does, but when it comes to “redeeming the time…” (Ephesians 5:16, KJV), no one can claim more or less because we all have 24 hours every day. This leads me to Chapter 12 and talking about what leaders do with their time.
Chapter 12: Leaders are Readers
“There is no way to gain the basics of leadership without reading” (p. 99). It really hurts when you see Christian leaders waste so many hours a week on watching sports on television. I’m not a hater if a leader spends more time studying God’s Word than watching sports.
On average, basketball games take two hours, and baseball and football games take three hours each (this is not including Monday Night Football, video games, and news). I can spend about eight hours a week on television, but in those same eight hours, I can read a book and be “…prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks [me] to give the reason for the hope that [I] have…” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV). Someone once said, “Where you spend your time now tells others where you will spend time in the future.”
I’m ashamed to mention here that I have not heard many so-called Christian leaders recommend any good books for others to read. This leads right into Chapter 8. Chapter 12 alone is worth the money and time you spend on this book.
Chapter 8: Leaders are Teachers
A leader can’t be a good teacher unless he is a reader. I have sat in many Bible Study groups and Sunday School classes where the teacher talked mostly about his personal experiences on the lesson that was supposed to be taught. When a teacher doesn’t read up on what he is supposed to teach, he will talk about his own experiences the majority of the time. Chapters 12 and 8 go well together for all leaders.
In my personal, humble opinion, I believe we have so many youths and Christians who are walking away from “…the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3, KJV) due to leaders who don’t look at themselves as “stewards” of God’s grace and don’t know how to manage their time in a way that allows them to read and prepare themselves to be great teachers of God’s Word.
This book is a must-have for leaders. I will buy a few and give them to all your church leaders. It will be the greatest investment for your church’s leaders and future leaders. We spent thousands of dollars on building, signs and programs and yet neglected a few dollars on books for leaders.