Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: Redefining Leadership by:Joseph M. Stowell

 Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders
About the Book:
Have you ever felt inadequate for the task of leadership? Great leaders know that leadership is not about power and authority, it's about influence---leading others with moral authority. But as failed, sinful people, we often fall short. We fail those who look to us for guidance and direction. We feel inadequate to the task, knowing that our decisions and our actions are often flawed by selfish ambition and pride. In Redfining Leadership, author, pastor, and college president Joe Stowell explores the unique way in which Jesus Christ transforms our understanding of leadership. 

He shows us how our awareness of our weaknesses should lead us to greater dependence on God. Stowell explains why an emphasis on process trumps our short-term goal of producing, actually leading to greater long-term fruitfulness in ministry and life. He reminds us that while people matter more than our tasks, wise leaders will balance the needs of people with the vision that God has given to them. How we lead is never as important as who we follow. The best leaders don't rely on their own strength, they follow Jesus.

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.

My Review:
 Many people that choose to or that have been called to stand in the position of leadership, really do feel overwhelmed with the sheer idea of it all--much less the actual physical capability of doing it. That is why I'm glad that there are books like this out there to first of all share one's experience and secondly to help you overcome your fears. It is an awesome undertaking so that is why we have to fully depend on God for accomplishing the task because we simply can not do it on our own. And God wants us to realize this and hand it over to Him.

 This book talks to you about the different leader "types", then it leads you into redefining that leader and lastly the author speaks about how we should continue on the journey. Joseph Stowell, takes you on a journey of self discovery and in turn causes you to pause and look inside yourself to see what God sees. It is an amazing, authentic book worth using in a leadership role and to also refer back to occasionally.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Look.