Last night I decided to read an ebook that has been on my laptop for quite some time. I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan of ebooks, but this one is a must read for anyone in the area of leadership, inside or outside of the church.
Developing a Theology of Leadership is a small ebook that is only about 14 pages. You can easily read it in one setting and it only took me about 15 minutes to read it. It is written by Tony Morgan who is a well-known person in the area of Christian leadership.
Morgan basically breaks the book up into five parts:
Part One: Building a Firm Foundation
Part Two: Servant Leadership
Part Three: Empowerment
Part Four: Character
Part Five: Put it Into Action
In part one, Morgan challenges you to build your idea and theology of leadership on the Bible. He is not against learning from leaders outside the Christian circle, but our foundation needs to be God’s Word. In part two, Morgan talks about being a servant leader and how if you base your theology of leadership on Scripture you will have to be a servant leadership, its Biblical! In part three, Morgan explains how true leadership is empowering others to do God’s work. In part four, Morgan reminds you that leadership is less about the leaders abilities, but about his character. Then lastly in part five, Morgan give you a strategic plan how networking with leaders around you to help you grow as a leader.
Here are a few quotes from the book to hopefully wet your appetite and make you want to read this great book:
“Biblical leaders cannot be anything but servant leaders.”
“Leadership isn’t leadership if it isn’t released to others.”
“Leadership is less about the words or actions of the leader and more about the character of the leader.”
“I may be gifted to lead, but my character will determine the ongoing impact of my leadership.”
Leaders, take a few minutes of your time and read this helpful ebook. It’s free and downloadable, so go here to get it! Also, my friend Josh Evans, student pastor at Union Grove Baptist Church in NC, wrote a short blog about this book as well. You can read his thoughts here.