Item description for Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader by Confronting Potential Failures by Gary L. McIntosh & Samuel D. Rima...
Overview Timely resource offers valuable guidance in confronting the inherent risks of leadership. Using biblical and current examples, the authors describe the characteristics of five types of leaders and the problems that are most likely to develop if their particular dysfunctions develop unrestrained. This edition includes a new introduction, updated information throughout, a self-assessment tool, and other additional material.
Publishers Description The Christian world has been rocked by the number of prominent leaders, in both church and parachurch organizations, who have been compromised by moral, ethical, and theological failures. This pace-setting volume addresses this alarming problem and offers Christian leaders valuable guidance in dealing with the inherent risks of their work. Using biblical and current examples, the authors describe the characteristics of five types of leaders and the problems that are most likely to develop if their particular dysfunctions develop unrestrained. McIntosh and Rima offer a series of steps for leaders to consider so they can take control of their dark side and learn to harness its creative powers. This edition includes a new introduction, updated information throughout, a self-assessment tool, and other additional material. Includes endorsements from John Maxwell, Leighton Ford, Leith Anderson, and Rob Angel.
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801068355 ISBN13 9780801068355
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More About Gary L. McIntosh & Samuel D. Rima
Gary L. McIntosh is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written several books, including Biblical Church Growth and Beyond the First Visit.
Gary L. McIntosh currently resides in La Midrada, in the state of California. Gary L. McIntosh was born in 1947.
Reviews - What do customers think about Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader by Confronting Potential Failures?
excellent book Dec 24, 2009
I was very impressed with this book. it was extremely well written. The stories were not superficial but real, detailed, and hard-hitting. I highly recommend it. I was impressed with how the authors revealed their own dark sides in the beginning. One reviewer laments the lack of "sin" language when describing the "dark side" and there is a measure of truth to this analysis (as well as the lack of talk of demonic activity). HOWEVER, I attribute this to the author's focus. In other words, great authors and great books focus on particular themes. This great book focused on the inner psychological sides that unknowingly drive all of us--often because of past hurt. These issues are part of the FALL OF MAN, and I feel the authors clearly articulated that.
Questionable Premise Dec 1, 2009
McIntosh and Rima might claim that my generally negative response to their book originates within my own `dark side', and to their credit they have led me to (again) reflect on my own critical tendencies. However, after acknowledging a general impatience with this literary genre, there is much to criticize in this text. Even assuming that the target reader is educated in basic theology, the disregard shown by the authors for some basic principles is surprising.
For instance, McIntosh and Rima fail to distinguish (or to even seriously address) dysfunctional behavior versus sin. Certainly all psychological dysfunction is a result of a fallen creation, but one can persuasively argue that sin is a more particular subset of dysfunction involving moral failure. In their many real life examples the authors treat moral failures and more general socio-psychological maladjustments equally as illustrations of their thesis. It seems implicit in their point of view that "nurture" plays a far greater role than "nature" - perhaps this is due to the fact that there would be no useful action to recommend if the real issue is fallen human nature, save to recognize God as our only hope. Of course, that would result in a very different text, of lesser current demand than leadership books. If one analogizes the authors' chosen thesis as a hammer, then every human failure looks like a nail.
Biblical characters do not escape the authors' speculative analysis. Moses, Solomon, and Saul of Tarsus all exhibit presumed dark sides that lead to their various failures. At best such examples do not advance the authors' point: at worst they are reminiscent of liberal theology's attacks on scripture. Aside from the rather scant evidence cited in those examples, if we continue the applications to other biblical characters the weakness of such conclusions becomes more apparent. For instance, did the failure of Adam and Eve before the Fall result from a dark side? Was Judas acting out of some unacknowledged need for control? What about Jesus' displays of temper? Since there are plenty of modern examples of moral failures and general bad behavior in among God's people, one wishes that they had left these cases alone.
Concluding on a more positive note, the chapter questions and appendices contain useful tools and exercises to aid in personal reflection. Such tools are value neutral and can be used to good effect. Given that God is sovereign and chooses to work through fallen human beings (and their methods), these tools can help identify areas that need attention. My own cynical approach to this kind of book may be one immediate case in point.
excellent work Mar 23, 2009
I am a student at the doctoral level and Dr. McIntosh book was a required text. It really hit home, I could not stop reading until almost half way, It was a forced break. It is easy to read, and put me face to face with my dark side. As a plus Dr. McIntosh was a guess professor at my seminary, and I had the opportunity to have lunch with him, and have him sign my book. It was an uplifting experience hear him to share how he overcame his dark side. Noah Angel Jefferson City, Mo.
An opportunity for leaders May 23, 2008
McIntosh and Rima have provided an opportunity for every leader to discover their dark side - that hidden part of their personality that may explain their drive to lead.
They explain that our motivations may come from the desire to satisfy unmet needs and existential debts, and that significant experiences may cause us to have particularly strong drives that never seem to get satisfied. These strong drives may push us beyond outstanding leadership, to leadership failure that negatively affects others as well as ourselves if we do not recognize, harness, and transform our drives. It is a process of discovery, of bringing what is hidden into the light of awareness and understanding. Finally, we can overcome our dark side through God's grace and a new understanding of our identity and value that does not depend on performance and achievement, freeing and transforming our leadership.
A very worthwhile read, especially, if one takes the journey of self-discovery in the process.
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