- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764210041
- Bethany House
Many thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy of The Conviction To Lead by Dr. Al Mohler.
To begin with, it is fitting of me to quote Dr. Mohler’s opening words in the first chapter: “Let me warn you up front–my goal is to change the way you think about leadership. I do not aim merely to add one more voice to the conversation; I want to fundamentally change the way leadership is understood and practiced” (p. 15).
Mr. Mohler sets out to accomplish this goal through 25 Principles of Leadership That Matters, which by the way is the book’s subtitle. Does he accomplish this?
I’ve been reading books on leadership for about 15 years now. There is something different about this one–it is convictional. In the first chapter, “The Conviction To Leader,” Dr. Mohler writes, “I want to turn the Believers into Leaders and the Leaders into Believers” (p. 20). Over the next four chapters, he sets out to expand and build on this goal. The reader will find chapter three, “Convictional Intelligence,” quite a challenge to how we process leadership and those we are called to lead.
Each of the chapters is well-written. Dr. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological seminary, in Louisville, KY, does not shy away from his own personal convictions–convictions that have been shaped by his conversion to Christ and commitment to the Christian faith. These personal convictions serve to illustrate many of the 25 Principles that make up the book. I find them quite refreshing, especially in the beginning years of his leadership at the historically significant Southern seminary, at the young age of 33–a leadership challenge to steer a threatened institution on the right path.
Dr. Mohler’s knowledge of world leaders on the stage of world history, in the arenas of politics, the military, and religions–is quite a treat.
After exploring the many moral essential qualities of convictional leadership, Dr. Mohler turns to skills that the leader needs to adopt if he or she is going to be effective in the 21st century, the age of technology: (19) “The Leader and the Media.” (20) The Leader as Writer;” and (21) “The Digital Leader.” In chapters 22 through 25, Dr. Mohler next deals with the leader stewardship of time, endurance, succession, and the all-important matter of leadership legacy.
In recent times, many who hold positions of leadership continue to falter and fall victim to the decisions they make. These decisions are inevitably the results of their own deeply held convictions. As it turns out, these deeply held convictions are flawed and seriously need to be jettisoned for convictions that truly matter.
With this in mind, I commend The Conviction To Lead by Dr. Al Mohler.