Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor to many thousands of Christian leaders across a broad spectrum of ministry settings, Reggie McNeal helps spiritual leaders understand that they will self-select into or out of greatness.
In this important book, McNeal shows how great spiritual leaders are committed consciously and intentionally to seven spiritual disciplines, habits of heart and mind that shape both their character and competence: The discipline of self-awareness-the single most important body of information a leader possesses The discipline of self-management-handling difficult emotions, expectations, temptations, mental vibrancy, and physical well-being The discipline of self-development-a life-long commitment to learning and growing and building on one's strengths The discipline of mission-enjoying the permissions of maintaining the sense of God's purpose for your life and leadership The discipline of decision-making-knowing the elements of good decisions and learning from failure The discipline of belonging-the determination to nurture relationships and to live in community with others, including family, followers, mentors, and friends The discipline of aloneness-the intentional practice of soul-making solitude and contemplation
Reggie McNeal is the director of leadership development for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Through his various leadership roles, from local congregational settings to denominational positions to seminary classrooms to coach and consultant for thousands of spiritual leaders, he has been devoted to helping leaders understand and practice true leadership greatness. McNeal is the author of Revolution in Leadership: Training Apostles for Tomorrow's Church (Abingdon Press), along with A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders and the best-selling The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church, both from Jossey-Bass.
About Leadership Network. Foreword by Ken Blanchard. Acknowledgments. Introduction Needed: Great Spiritual Leaders. 1. The Discipline of Self-Awareness. 2. The Discipline of Self-Management. 3. The Discipline of Self-Development. 4. The Discipline of Mission. 5. The Discipline of Decision Making. 6. The Discipline of Belonging. 7. The Discipline of Aloneness. Conclusion Choosing Greatness. Notes. About the Author. Index.