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Overview Seminary president Jeff Iorg believes that character, and character development, are essential foundations for effective leaders. In The Character of Leadership, he writes about how God ever shapes character in the life of every leader, and in relation, how continual spiritual formation is a process to which every good leader must pay close attention.
Iorg puts insightful chapter-long emphasis on nine important character-shaping qualities that help readers in ?becoming the leader God intends me to be rather than doing the leading God intends me to do.? The nine qualities are: Integrity, Security, Purity, Humility, Servanthood, Wisdom, Discipline, Courage, and Passion.
Publishers Description Seminary president Jeff Iorg believes that character, and character development, are essential foundations for effective leaders. In "The Character of Leadership," he writes about how God ever shapes character in the life of every leader, and in relation, how continual spiritual formation is a process to which every good leader must pay close attention. Iorg puts insightful chapter-long emphasis on nine important character-shaping qualities that help readers in "becoming the leader God intends me to be rather than doing the leading God intends me to do." The nine qualities are: Integrity, Security, Purity, Humility, Servanthood, Wisdom, Discipline, Courage, and Passion. Endorsements: Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life "Jeff Iorg defines lasting leadership as character, not capacity or competency. The making of a great leader is built on what God intends you to be rather than doing the leading God intends for you to do. His purpose is first and foremost to shape you into the image of Jesus, the greatest leader of all time." James T. Draper, Jr., president emeritus, LifeWay Christian Resources "An enormous contribution to the critical area of ministry and leadership. A must read for every ministry that strives for excellence. I recommend it without reservation." J. Robert White, executive director, Georgia Baptist Convention "Iorg is imminently qualified to write this volume on leadership . . . the chapters on integrity and purity are very much needed in our times and worth the investment of your time."
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Studio: B&H Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.9" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805445323 ISBN13 9780805445329
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More About Jeff Iorg
Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, is also the author of The Character of Leadership and Is God Calling Me? He holds degrees from Hardin Simmons University and Midwestern and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminaries and has answered God's call to be a church planter, pastor, and denominational executive. Jeff and his wife, Ann, live in Mill Valley, California.
Jeff Iorg currently resides in Mill Valley. Jeff Iorg was born in 1958.
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We Lead From Who We Are Dec 14, 2009
We lead from who we are. This is true of leaders on the secular and Christian side of leadership. Who we are and how we act determines whether we are a leader worth following. Jeff Iorg's book, The Character of Leadership, explores what a leader should be in an easy-to-read, non-academic book that is both insightful and convicting. I have read quite a few books on leadership, but not one like The Character of Leadership. Jeff Iorg, who is president of Golden Gate Theological Seminary, explores nine characteristics that he believes a leader should posses in order to be successful as a leader. His book is biblical, reflective, heartfelt, and personal. Iorg's extensive experience lends a personal note to the book that makes it at once engaging and practical to any leader. Iorg explores the following nine areas of character with advice, definition, and anecdote: Integrity Security Purity Humility Servanthood Wisdom Discipline Courage Passion
Far from being a rehash of old leadership principles, Iorg manages to challenge many long held beliefs about these nine characteristics and engage them in new ways. Iorg offers practical advice on how to engage each of these characteristics in your life, while being very real about his struggles and victories in each category. Whether you have been a leader for many years or are just starting your leadership journey, you will find The Character of Leadership extremely helpful and practical for personal and ministry growth. You will find yourself identifying with Iorg's heart for leadership and personal development, while engaging biblical leadership principles freshly in your own life.
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Good content. Limited application. May 15, 2009
Iorg's list of nine qualities is a must for leaders in the church. Unfortunately, he seems to be writing only to full-time, vocational pastors. Christian leadership isn't nearly so limited, and hopefully, neither are these character traits. Christ-like character is the goal of every disciple. So is living a life that is exemplary, i.e. leading others to be more like Christ.
I Was the Problem Feb 9, 2009
"In my twenties, I was determined to change the world," writes Jeff Iorg. "In my thirties, I tried to reform the church. In my early forties, I discovered I was the problem. That was a most difficult day."
So begins Iorg's very transparent first chapter. As pastor, denominational leader and now seminary president, Iorg understands the trenches. He also understands the God of the trenches. He confesses to the sin of "coasting."
"For me, my pastorate had become like swimming laps. I was stroking along, doing well, staying in shape, keeping things moving, and making steady progress." But then: "answering God's call to this new position was like being tossed overboard into the ocean. No more gliding along! Once again, I would be swimming for my spiritual life."
What's so unique about this book on character qualities? "God wants you to work hard and to study how to improve your skills so you work more effectively. Other books, other very important books, will help you do that. Most schools, seminaries and seminars focus on these skills. Many of them are helpful. But this book is not about how to do leadership. It is about how to be a leader."
So...after setting the spiritual foundation in chapter one (worth-the-price-of-the-book), he zeroes in on his Top-9 list of character qualities that define great leaders. It's the perfect book for a silent day-of-prayer retreat or a 10-week group study with emerging leaders and managers. I love the fact that his nine character qualities are preceded by verbs. It's all about being--and involves action. Here's the list: Maintaining Integrity, Finding Security, Maintaining Purity, Learning Humility, Developing Servanthood. Gaining Wisdom, Practicing Discipline, Showing Courage and Sustaining Passion.
"Showing Courage" is one of the author's Top-9 character qualities that define great leaders. He says that "showing courage begins with confronting immobilizing fear." Iorg reminds us that the Bible lists more than 600 references related to fear. All of the Bible's "spiritual hall of fame" leaders had something in common: they were afraid of something. What do you fear?
Because humility is one of the nine, the author (not surprisingly) does not suggest that his Top-9 list is the final word on character. What leadership character qualities would make your Top-9 list?
Subtle shifts of focus. Nov 19, 2007
I found Dr. Iorg's approach to be refreshing. He addresses key components of successful leadership by examining the need to develop our internal core values, without ignoring the need of external training. I found his use of subtle shifts in focus extremely practical, soundly biblical, and sometimes humbling. A personal favorite was Dr. Iorg's discussion of facing unpleasant circumstances; being able to shift the focus from ourselves, that despairing and unfruitful "Why me?" approach, to the more teachable "Why this?' approach. One subtle little shift that will broaden our perspective from 'our' world to see our Father's Kingdom and His desire to grow us to be like Christ. A simple and practical way to not just persevere in tough times, but even anticipate relational and character development as we allow our Father's purpose in those unpleasant circumstances to take root in our lives. This teaching is a very good read and is a valuable addition to any leader's library.
What a Book! Simple Yet Profound! Oct 30, 2007
I must have said to myself a dozen times in reading The Character of Leadership this is so simple yet profound. About the second chapter I quit thinking about how this applied to others and how it applied to me as a Christian leader. There were many places I was convicted and challenged in my own personal Christian walk, BUT NEVER felt defeated. Dr. Iorg motivated me to strive to be a better Christian leader as I continuously examined my life and continue to examine my life. I read the book two times and will pick it up often as I strive to implement the nine qualities Dr. Iorg refers to in the book. A must read.