Albert Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a blogger, radio personality, a sought-after commentator. He is also a son, a husband, father and grandfather. Dr. Mohler is also a leader.
I have had the privilege of reading several books on leadership and this is by far the best one I’ve read to date.
Dr. Mohler tells you what a leader is:
- Understanding of worldviews
- Passionate about leading
- A thinker
- A Teacher
- A communicator
- A Reader
and the list goes on. Everyone of the 25 chapters deals with some aspect of being a leader.
“The Leaders are passionate about leadership. They are tired of seeing organizations and movements die or decline, and they want to change things for the better. They look around and see dead and declining churches and lukewarm organizations. They are thrilled by the experience of leading and are ardent students of leadership wherever they can find it. They talk leadership wherever they go and are master of motivation, vision, strategy and expression.”
The Conviction to Lead as the title comes from Dr. Mohler knowing and wanting to share, to teach leaders that what they believe, what they are passionate about, matters. If we want to lead, we have to have several core convictions and we have to know what they are and why they matter. If we are unsure on any of those, our leadership will be faulty.
I have quoted this book so many times on facebook while reading it because it is just full of “WOW” quotes. Those thoughts, expressions that hit you squarely between the eyes. The words that leave you saying “Oh yeah!” all the while screaming OUCH!
“If our beliefs about God are not true, everything we know and everything we are will be warped and contorted by that false knowledge. This fact should raise warning flags for us as we look to secular culture.”
“We want character but without unyielding conviction; we want strong morality, but without the emotional burden of guilt or shame; we want virtue but without particular moral justifications that invariably offend; we want good without having to name evil; we want decency without the moral authority to insist upon it; we want moral community without any limitations to personal freedom. In short, we want what we cannot have on the terms that we want it.” ~James Davison Hunter
If you are a leader, want to be a leader or just want to read a really good, convicting book, read this one!
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.)