Item description for Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders by Reggie McNeal & Ken Blanchard...
Overview Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor, McNeal helps readers to understand that greatness is indeed their birthright if they will claim it by living the seven personal disciplines that can help them grow from good to great.
Publishers Description Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor to many thousands of Christian leaders across a broad spectrum of ministry settings, Reggie McNeal helps spiritual leaders understand that they will self-select into or out of greatness. In this important book, McNeal shows how great spiritual leaders are committed consciously and intentionally to seven spiritual disciplines, habits of heart and mind that shape both their character and competence:
The discipline of self-awareness--the single most important body of information a leader possesses
The discipline of self-management--handling difficult emotions, expectations, temptations, mental vibrancy, and physical well-being
The discipline of self-development--a life-long commitment to learning and growing and building on one's strengths
The discipline of mission--enjoying the permissions of maintaining the sense of God's purpose for your life and leadership
The discipline of decision-making--knowing the elements of good decisions and learning from failure
The discipline of belonging--the determination to nurture relationships and to live in community with others, including family, followers, mentors, and friends
The discipline of aloneness--the intentional practice of soul-making solitude and contemplation
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.31" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher John Wiley And Sons
Series Leadership Network
ISBN 0787977535 ISBN13 9780787977535
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More About Reggie McNeal & Ken Blanchard
Reggie McNealis the director of leadership development at the South Carolina Baptist Convention. His past experience involves twenty years in local church leadership, ten years in various staff roles, and ten years as a founding pastor of a new church. Reggie has lectured or served as adjunct faculty for multiple seminaries, including Southwestern Baptist (Ft. Worth, TX), Golden Gate Baptist (San Francisco, CA), Fuller Theological (Pasadena, CA), Trinity Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), and Columbia International (Columbia, SC). In addition, Reggie has served as a consultant to local church, denomination, and para-church leadership teams, and as a seminar developer and presenter for thousands of church leaders across North America. He has also provided resources to the United States Army Chief of Chaplains Office, Air Force chaplains, and the Air Force Education and Training Command. Reggie's work also extends to the business sector, including The Gallup Organization. Reggie has contributed to numerous denominational publications and church leadership journals, including Leadership and Net Results. His books include Revolution in Leadership (Abingdon Press, 1998), A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2000), The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2003), and Practicing Greatness: Seven Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2006). Reggie's education includes a B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees, both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Reggie McNeal currently resides in Columbia, in the state of South Carolina. Reggie McNeal has an academic affiliation as follows - Columbia, South Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Practicing Greatness?
A good ministry tool Feb 6, 2007
Better than your average Christian leadership book. It's neither so business-minded as to make you wonder where God is in all this, nor is it so spiritual that it neglects practical application. It challenges you to examine yourself through the Word of God and develop healthy relationships - which are often lacking most in church circles.
Excellent Jan 11, 2007
This is a great book, and a must read for those looking to better themselves in the areas of leadership and life.
A quick read... Nov 27, 2006
Practicing Greatness is a quick read that will challenge the ministry-weary practitioner. While there are some sound principles, it's better as an introductory read for emerging spiritual leaders. It would have been nice to have more in-depth, scripturally inspired examples. Nonetheless it is a worthwhile read.
Great Leadership Book Nov 9, 2006
One of the best leadership books I have read. Deals more with the person than with the tasks of leadership. Would be a great book for a group of leaders to read together and discuss.
An ESSENTIAL Contribution to Authentic Leadership Oct 3, 2006
If the intention of Dr. McNeal was to cause the reader of this book to reflect and evaluate his/her life inwardly and to feel compelled to advance in the disciplines elaborated in this book, then, he succeeded in my case.
I feel that the author has written with wisdom and maturity on a critically important facet of leadership, especially "spiritual" leadership. The disciplines of "self" outlined in this book have been overlooked for too long, making this work much needed and timely for those who realize that today's leadership is in need of reformation. McNeal makes his case with both positive and negative examples in each chapter, writing from his vast experience, and with a sense of having developed these disciplines in his own life.
If you are a leader, or an aspiring leader, please make this book a priority to read. It will certainly make a great contribution to your thinking, and to the formation of "great" leadership in your life. In my opinion, these disciplines are not optional, they are ESSENTIAL.
This is definitely an excellent treatment of the greatest leadership challenge you will ever face - leading your self! Let's face it, you will only be successful at leading others to the degree that you have learned to lead your self.