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Summoned To Lead [Hardcover]

By Leonard Sweet (Author)
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This retelling of the story of Ernest Shackleton, who in 1914 commanded the doomed British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, showcases the fine art of leadership that emerged from his failed expedition in which, miraculously, no one died.

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Leadership Re-Visioned Cast a vision, set a strategy, rally the troops, and take the hill---you don't need another book to rehash the well-worn principles of modern leadership. But if you're looking for something different, something that . . . approaches leadership as an art as well as a science inspires hope and expectation in those of us who aren't born leaders challenges those with leadership roles to explore new possibilities . . . then Leonard Sweet wants to help you discover a very different kind of leadership vision. It's one you hear if your ears are open, and it could summon you at any time. When you respond, the puzzle pieces of who you are will fit together into a leader others follow because you've answered a call, not trained for a position. 'The church has it all wrong. It is trying to train leaders. Instead, it ought to train everyone to listen and to develop their own soundtrack.' Leaders don't see a vision, says Sweet, they hear one. 'Sound becomes sight. Leaders hear life.' For a sonogram of 'acoustic leadership, ' Sweet takes us inside the incredible account of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the celebrated polar explorer who led his entire crew of twenty-seven from disaster in the Antarctic to safety. Called 'the greatest leader that ever came on God's earth, bar none, ' Shackleton objectifies the goals of Sweet's own exploration in search of wisdom for today and tomorrow's truly compelling, voice-activated leaders. Right now, you may be leading many people or just yourself. But who knows what tomorrow---or a minute from now---will call forth in you. Are your ears open

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.16" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.695 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 13, 2004
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310232228  
ISBN13  9780310232223  
UPC  025986232221  

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More About Leonard Sweet

Leonard Sweet Leonard Sweet is a scholar of USAmerican culture; a semiotician who "sees things the rest of us do not see, and dreams possibilities that are beyond most of our imagining;" and a preacher and best-selling author who communicates the gospel with a signature bridging of the worlds of faith, academe, and popular culture. In 2006 and 2007, Len was voted by his peers “One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America” by ChurchReport Magazine, and in 2010, he was selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the “Top 10 Influential Christians of 2010.” His popular podcast, “Napkin Scribbles,” is widely quoted, and his weekly sermon contributions to have made that site the top preaching resource for pastors in North America. For nine years, he and his wife wrote the entire content for the weekly preaching resource Homiletics. In 2005 Len introduced the first open-source preaching resource on the Web, Len’s microblogs on twitter and facebook rank as two of the most influential social media sites in the world. You can find some of Len’s talks on his youtube channel, Founder and President of SpiritVenture Ministries (SVM), in 1995 Len launched Sweet's SoulCafe, a spirituality newsletter purchased by Broadman&Holman Publishing. Len is a popular and highly sought-after speaker throughout North America and around the world. In the past couple of years he has spoken in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, England, Wales, South Africa, South Korea, Iceland, Scotland, and most recently, China, Indonesia, and Latvia.

Author of more than 200 hundred articles, 1300+ published sermons, and more than fifty books, Leonard Sweet’s publications include the best sellers Soul Tsunami, Aqua Church, Jesus Manifesto (with Frank Viola), and Jesus: A Theography (with Frank Viola), as well as many other volumes that are revolutionizing the church’s mission. Len released multiple books in 2012, including Viral: Why Social Media is Poised to Ignite Revival; What Matters Most; the e-book, Real Church in a Social Network World; I Am A Follower; The Greatest Story Never Told: Revive Us Again. In 2011 Len published his first novel, The Seraph Seal (co-authored with Lori Wagner) with an innovative website, Several more books are scheduled for release in 2013/14: the ground-breaking preaching textbook, Giving Blood: A Fresh New Paradigm for Preaching (Zondervan), The Well-Played Life (Tyndale), Me to We ( ), and a new way to tell the scriptures, My Story, My Song (with Byounho Zho). Len published the first religion e-book on amazon: The Dawn Mistaken for Dusk in 2000.

Currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University, Madison, NJ and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University, Portland, Oregon, Len was Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University from 1995 to 2001. Previous to Drew, Len served for eleven years as President and Professor of Church History at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio and is currently their President Emeritus. Prior to 1985, Len was Provost of Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York when he was in his late 20s. Involved in leadership positions in the United Methodist Church, Len has been chosen to speak at various Jurisdictional and General Conferences as well as the 1996 World Methodist Congress in Rio de Janeiro. He also serves as a consultant to many of America's denominational leaders and agencies. He is a member of the West Virginia Annual Conference.

Leonard Sweet currently resides in Madison, in the state of New Jersey.

Leonard Sweet has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Emergent Ys (Paperback)
  2. Library of Living Faith
  3. Resonate

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Reviews - What do customers think about Summoned To Lead?

Listen to the clear small voice  Aug 28, 2006
Dr. Leonard Sweet encourages leaders to listen to the signs and sounds around them to determine the directions they should go. Using the voyage of Shackleton as a backdrop, he points out the importance of bringing everyone through these difficult times: that accomplishment of the mission may end up different than we expect. The eyes deceive us more than our ears. Lucid, clear writing.
first chapter is great  Jul 3, 2006
I got this book based on the the attractiveness of the theme of being summoned to lead. In the first chapter Sweet takes apart the usual top-down vision approach to leading. I would recommend the book for the first chapter alone. Honestly, Sweet's writing is a little to metaphor-based for me to follow for too long, so I couldn't finish the book.
First Class Book  Mar 9, 2006
Sweet gets it! This read is worthwhile and valuable. It is for right now. Don't wait.
The Sound of Leadership  Apr 24, 2005
Sweet's book is great! It's truly refreshing as it takes a non-typical look at leadership. Sweet makes his view (or tune) understandable and applicable. Learn how you can become a more effective leader by realizing the power of the small vibrations which can create such magnificent melodies.
a great, anti-leadership book...  Aug 29, 2004
Sweet's new, quick read based on Ernest Shackleton (arguably one of the greatest leaders of all time---who failed in his primary mission) is refreshing to say the least. 'Summoned to Lead,'--like many other Sweet books--is well-researched and compelling in its discoveries and challenges. It focuses on the apsects of leadership rarely talked about and is such a little inspiring gem, you'll be surprised at how after each chapter, you feel like you could tackle the world. That may be trite to say, but it's rarely felt as often as people would like to think or believe. While the only thing this book seems to be weak in is how it too often falls into the mythological or allegorical or ideological language...but most of the time, it's refreshing. A solid read, and recommended highly.

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