The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters (Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2012)

A young Mohler was called upon to right the ship. Withstanding intense opposition, not only has the institution turned around but it is sailing high in the seas. As a result Mohler has become a respected leader in evangelical and baptist circles. He is often sought out by mainstream media to give voice to the views of the circles.

Mohler’s stated goal for the book is to change the way you think about leadership (p. 15). As the title indicates, Mohler’s contribution to this field of literature is to wed leadership with conviction.

He succeeds in building the case for linking leadership with subjects such as truth, beliefs, passion and worldview. The reader will gain real value from Mohler’s digging into the topic of conviction. The other aspect of this book that provides great value is the development of a leader’s role in communicating conviction in every component of leadership.

I have been reading and discussing this book with a small group of men in our church. The book has provided fodder for much healthy discussion. We have been enriched through the journey.

This book appeals primarily to those within the Christian community. It is especially applicable to those who lead in Christian spheres like churches, schools or other ministries.

It also appeals to the Christian who leads in a vocation outside of a Christian institution. Some principles may have to be translated into your world if you are leading in this realm.

A weakness of the book is the size. Mohler covers twenty-five principles in 213 small pages. Some of the principles could be explored much more deeply.

I encourage you to read this book, even if your leadership sphere is no larger than your own family. You and your family will benefit. It is a book I plan on keeping on my shelf for future reference.

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