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This has become one of my all-time favorite books on the subject of leadership (and I've read books by some of the most well-know leadership experts).
Usually I run into two problems with other leadership books. First, some of them are just boring to me. Sometimes I have felt like I'm reading through some dry, academic work. This is not too fun--it seems counterintuitive to try to sharpen your skills with a dull book. Secondly, some leadership books are too repetitive and vague. The information kind of runs together, with one chapter looking suspiciously like the previous chapter.
McNeal's book is different. It was a joy to read, and each of the 7 disciplines made a lot of sense to me. Practicing Greatness is more about being a leader than "doing" leadership roles. This book further confirmed my decision to stay in my current ministry and continue to do something that I'm gifted for and passionate about.
When I was given this book expected it to be just another leadership book with practices and principles. However, what I found was an author that was relatable enough to see myself in. As he wrote with ancient wisdom and compassion he took me on a journey that dove deep in my soul and propelled me forward. I highly a recommend this book.
I'm within a year of retirement from 35+ years as a Senior Pastor. This book contains a lot of practical applications and lessons I had to learn the hard way. So it’s a “must read” for young new leaders (and not just pastors) of today. Now that I'm looking at a change in direction for future ministry, this book and Reggie McNeal’s book, THE PRESENT FUTURE: Six Tough Questions, gives me the courage to take the next step and make the paradigm changes necessary to be an apostolic leader that our new culture and world demands. Now maybe I’ll be free to do what God has really been calling me to!
Reggie McNeal offers great help to all Christian leaders. He demonstrates that great spiritual leaders need to be people who depend on God, then take God;s counsel and act upon it. He also demonstrates ways Christian leaders are and allow themselves to be, thwarted in their desire to provide great Christian leadership. This book is a "must read" for all Christian leaders, whether in a spiritual community or in the world. The spread of such principles to the world would revolutionize the art and practice of leadership.Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) 1st (first) edition
Good concepts, gives you allot to think about, definitely not a waste of your time. The only thing i have against it is that the author uses way to many examples. That is my personal opinion though. I believe the majority of you will find it helpful though. If you are in the same boat as me, I just read small portions at a time and it was less agitating.
Highly recommended! Brimming with wisdom, full of relatable stories, and packed with practical ideas you can put in place immediately to take steps toward becoming a better spiritual leader. This is one I will pass down to my sons.
I recently completed ready this book as part of a seminary course on Biblical Foundations of Leadership. This is very well written and give excellent insight into the characteristic of what makes great leaders. From my extensive experience in the high tech sector this has applications in the secular as well as the sacred space.