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The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development [Paperback]

By Robert Clinton (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2001
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  0891091920  
EAN  9780891091929  

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Are you a leader? This book will show you six stages of leadership development and help you identify where you are on the road to leadership. LEADERSHIP. Where do leaders come from? What does it take to be a leader? When does leadership begin? The answers to these questions may surprise you. Leadership is not confined to position, title, or training, nor is it limited by experience. In fact, these things sometimes cloud the real issue of leadership. In The Making of a Leader, Dr. Robert Clinton identifies the patterns God uses to develop a leader. By studying the lives of hundreds of historical, biblical, and contemporary leaders, Dr. Clinton has determined the six stages of leadership development, and he establishes checkpoints to clarify where you are in the process. As you examine these principles and case studies, you'll begin to recognize that the ministry of leadership flows from a person's being. And that's something God continues to mold throughout a lifetime. Designed for use as a resource, The Making of a Leader will prove invaluable for students, lay or professional leaders, counselors, or anyone in a leadership training position. It will help you: *Identify those with leadership characteristics *Direct the development of maturing leaders *Recognize where you are in the development process *Counsel those who are experiencing periods of trial or frustration And each chapter concludes with a "personal application" section to further help you become a better prepared leader.

Publishers Description
By studying the lives of hundreds of historical, biblical, and contemporary leaders, author Robert Clinton has determined six stages of leadership development to help you determine where you are in the process.
Each chapter in this leader resource concludes with a personal application section.
Ideal for pastors or anyone in a position of authortiy.

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Learning Leadership  Dec 27, 2006
This book contains no surprises. The title tells at the outset that this is a book about the process of making a leader. The writer then goes on to set forth all of the various steps and stages that take place in bringing about this end. As such, the book could be divided into two major sections. First there is the process of making a leader that in which we are given a guided tour through the early, the middle and the final stages of that process. Only in the last two chapters do we focus upon the practical applications of this tour as we view a leadership philosophy and a set of three challenges to pursue as we move along that process.

It seems to me that anyone who is already in a leadership position will be able to use this book primarily as a memento of where he has been, but I found myself wondering whether my reaction would have been any different ten or fifteen years earlier in my own journey. It is a bit like giving lessons for falling in love for the first time; before having gone through the experience you have nothing to relate the lessons to and after you have gone through the experience you have no real need for the lessons.

The central task of leadership is influencing God's people towards God's purposes (203), but this must begin with the leader himself seeing what those purposes are in his own life. A continuing theme in this book is that one ministers out of what one is and that ministry flows out of being. This means that my first great business on earth is the sanctification of my own soul and that a lifestyle of obedience to the Lord will only be taught as it is first caught. The application of this theme is that I as a leader need to focus upon my own spiritual life rather than focusing upon processes or techniques of leadership.

"In a crisis, we are what we really are. How we react in a crisis is often more important than solving our crisis" (Page 173).
How Leaders Develop and How You Can Too!  May 9, 2006
For 10 years I've used The Making of A Leader in my work developing leaders. First, the book has been instrumental in my own personal and leadership development. Second, I use the content in workshops and classes all over the world. The principles hold up well in a variety of cultural contexts. And never before have these principles and practices been more relevant than today!

In The Making of Leader, Dr. J. Robert Clinton documents his research of hundreds of leaders. Clinton discovered a generalized time-line consisting of six phases that represent the general flow of a leader's life. Development phases represent major segments of a leader's development. The six phases are:

1. Sovereign Foundations
2. Inner-life Growth
3. Ministry Maturing
4. Life Maturing
5. Convergence
6. Afterglow

Identifying phases gives a leader capacity to track progress in their development, and clarify insights and lessons. Armed with these patterns a leader has the ability to actually identify and develop leadership, character, vision, values, and relational skills. This is what separates Dr. Clinton's book from the rest of the leadership genre; he actually provides the tools to develop a leader, not just talk about what one is or does.

Each chapter covers roughly one development phase. Inside each phase we learn that there are Process Items that are specific types of challenges leaders typically will face during each phase. By identifying Process Items, leaders are armed with the means to see beyond their immediate circumstances to what the underlaying developmental lesson might be. I've been using these Process Items for years in my own life and in coaching other leaders to grow. They are tremendously helpful!

Just so you don't think this is just a how-to book, let me say that this book often invokes a deep spiritual response from leaders. It's as if leaders gain perspective on their circumstance and see patterns of development-or lack of development-with new eyes.

This book is written, of course, from a Christian perspective and for Christian leaders. But the appeal of the book goes far beyond just this segment of the population. Dr. Clinton offers a useful grid for recognizing the lessons and patterns of leadership development.

If you desire to be equipped with the tools to develop leaders, then this book is for you!
A Must-Have Book for All Leaders  Dec 4, 2005
Possibly one of the most significant shifts in the culture of church ministry over the past 10 years has been the emphasis on leadership and its development, both in our own lives and in the lives of those we have been called to lead. The downside is that most of us have a lot of knowledge about leadership skills and practices but no "big picture" understanding of how to "get there."

In 1988, Dr. J. Robert Clinton, who was at the time an assistant prof. of leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary, wrote what some consider to be the definitive work on leadership development. In "The Making of a Leader," Dr. Clinton developed a profoundly insightful text that will help any leader learn to recognize the lessons and stages of leadership development. Beware: This is not a book of "how-to's" that assumes anyone who works hard enough can make herself a great leader. This is a book that attempts to answer a single question: How does God develop His leaders over a lifetime? The result is an eye-opening look at the sovereignty of God as He molds and shapes those whom He has placed on the road to a lifetime of leadership.

I highly recommended this book for leaders or potential leaders who:
---[ Are wondering what God is doing
---[ Are beginning to seek their place in ministry
---[ Need a fresh challenge from God
---[ Need to understand how to select and develop young leaders
---[ Want to know how God develops leaders

Personally, I rate this as one of the most significant and life-forming books I've ever much so that I try to re-read it every year or two.
Thee Book on Leadership Development  Jan 14, 2004
I teach leadership and leadership development both in the States and internationally and I can tell there is no better book on the subject. There are other books available, and they all are easier reads than this one but this is or will be the classic on the subject.

The book goes much further than explaining leadership it shows how every incident in your life went to form and fashion who you are. Take your time with this book and definitely do the chart work and you will recieve the peace of not only knowing who you are but that your past was all valuable and your future can be better understood.

Insightful Work - Must Read  Jul 3, 2003
I met Bobby Clinton during a difficult time of transition. Over a cup of coffee, after asking a few questions, he was able to perfectly describe what was going on in my life and outline a practical plan to make the experience most profitable. It was if he had been reading my mail for the past two years.

When I told him how amazed I was at his ability he outlined for me the research that gave birth to this book. He and his students at Fuller Theological Seminary had studied the lives of over 400 leaders. The patterns of emergence they discovered are the basis of this book.

The book is a must read for anyone who is interested in the topic of leadership and leadership development.


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