Item description for Spirituality and Leadership: Harnessing the Wisdom, Guidance, and Power of the Soul by Alan E. Nelson & Eugene H. Peterson...
Overview This book is a 21st-century follow-up to Oswald Sander's classic "Spiritual Leadership." Both practical and philosophical, it defines what spiritual leadership is and provides tools to aid leaders in their responsibilities and struggles.
Publishers Description What does it mean to be a spiritual leader in the 21st century? Spirituality and Leadership answers just that. More than just a manual for using organizational skills and influence, it defines what true spiritual leadership is and why it is more vital now than ever before.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Aug 5, 2002
Publisher NavPress Publishing Group
ISBN 1576832600 ISBN13 9781576832608
Availability 0 units.
More About Alan E. Nelson & Eugene H. Peterson
Dr. Alan E. Nelson is a senior pastor, a speaker, a trainer, and the author of several books. He holds a graduate degree in psychology and communication and a doctorate in leadership. Nelson lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Reviews - What do customers think about Spirituality and Leadership: Harnessing the Wisdom, Guidance, and Power of the Soul?
Church Staff/ Lay Leadership Must Read Sep 11, 2005
I found this book a perfect fit for the leadership program used with Church Staffs - it covers all of the bases of Spiritual Leadership, including a well-thought out view of preparing for transformation of any kind. Strongly recommend using it for individual and collective leadership development.
Good thoughts, useful format Jun 3, 2004
Lately, we've heard a lot of talk about leadership, probably because the world needs good leaders in the midst of rapid change. Columnist and Author Alan Nelson says we do need leaders, spiritual leaders who direct primarily from a strong character, not from their position. Leadership is like a chess game in the modern world, Nelson says, and leaders are both players and pieces. They have unique strengths and weaknesses and while they must plan ahead, the complex playing field changes with each move.
In this book, Nelson explains his terms and answers a long list of questions. "Leadership is a social relationship in which people allow individuals to influence them toward intentional change," he writes. Spirituality is that metaphysical dimension which relates to God and the soul, a dimension which includes everyone. So in combining the two, he says, "Spiritual leaders rely on God, lead to serve, take risks out of faith rather than ego, and listen to the Sprit regarding timing, decisions, and relationship issues."
"Because of the inherent conflicts between leading and being authentically spiritual, few genuine spiritual leaders exist," he observes. "The temptations of strong leaders and the process of leadership are often the opposite of what makes a person spiritual." But it can be done, if the leader will yield himself to God.
The book is organized for skipping around. Each chapter loosely groups several questions, helping you find the sections which interest you most. It easily accommodates group discussions with a moderator who has read it through. Nelson addresses 57 questions, including: * Why does the Enemy target spiritual leaders with failure and discouragement? * Why is it so hard for spiritual leaders to pray? * How are talent and gifting adversarial to spiritual leading? * How does a spiritual leader best use team members? * How do spiritual leaders create a culture that nurtures the soul? * How does a spiritual leader handle betrayal?