I recently finished Albert Mohler’s new book, The Conviction to Lead:  25 Principles for Leadership that Matters.  It was fantastic and I highly recommend it.  With only 213 pages, the book was easily accessible and I never felt bogged down.  Mohler structured the book around 25 short leadership principles and spent one chapter on each one.  My favorite chapters were Leaders are Readers (12), Leadership as Stewardship (16), The Leader as Writer (20), and The Leader’s Legacy (25).

Here are some highlights from the book.

  • “Management is not the same as leadership.”  p. 16
  • “You can divide all leaders into those who merely hold an office or position and those who hold great convictions.”  p. 25
  • “This book is written with the concern that far too much of what passes for leadership today is mere management.  Without convictions you might be able to manage, but you cannot really lead.”  p. 26
  • “A robust and rich model of Christian thinking – the quality of thinking that culminates in a God-centered worldview – requires that we see all truth as interconnected.”  p. 45
  • “Passion must arise out of conviction.”  p. 52
  • “When the mission is ambiguous and the beliefs of the organization are nebulous, passion dissipates quickly.”  p. 55
  • “The conscious denial of reality is a central danger of leadership, and the leader must defend against this temptation.”  p. 61
  • “If the right decision were always clear to everyone, we would not need leaders.”  p. 63
  • “The best leaders know that the road to great effectiveness is paved with intentional communications, and the very best leaders are always learning how to be even more effective as communicators.”  p. 92
  • “If a leader has to look for a message, his leadership is doomed.”  p. 92
  • “When a true leader shows up, we already know what he is going to say.”  p. 97
  • “A leader without accountability is an accident waiting to happen.”  p. 112
  • “Common goals are the product of intensive communication, enduring influence, and constant affirmation.”  p. 118
  • “The sovereignty of God puts us in our place, and that place is in God’s service.” p. 135
  • “Leaders have to be concerned not only with what their organization is doing but with what it ought to be doing.”  p. 138
  • “Indecisiveness is one of history’s greatest leadership killers.”  p. 142
  • “Leaders will be humble, or they will be humbled.”  p. 154
  • “Leaders write because words matter and because the written word matters longer and reaches farther than the words we speak.”  p. 172
  • “The leaders who make the biggest difference are those with long tenure.”  p. 191
  • “Leaders often overestimate what can be accomplished in a single year, but underestimate what can be accomplished in a decade.”  p. 194
  • “There is no place as humbling as a cemetery – and there is no place more likely to remind the leader of the limits of one’s leadership.”  p. 201
  • “There are no indispensable people, only indispensable convictions.”  p. 202
  • “The leader’s central concern with regard to legacy is the perpetuation of conviction.”  p. 208
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