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The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters

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Change the Way You Think About Leadership

At the age of thirty-three, Dr. Albert Mohler became the youngest president in the 153-year history of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the driving force behind the school's transformation into a thriving institution with an international reputation characterized by a passionate conviction for truth. In the process he b

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 15th 2012 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2012)
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Douglas Wilson
Dec 30, 2012 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing
First rate. It would be hard to over-praise this one.
Steven Wedgeworth
Jan 19, 2015 Steven Wedgeworth rated it it was amazing
This was a really fantastic book. There were a few chapters which I had slight disagreements with or nitpicky thoughts about, but on the whole this book was well done, principled, and practical. I wish I had read it years ago, though I see that it only came out 3 years ago. Mohler makes a strong case for convictional leadership, and he is refreshingly forward-thinking in many of the ways he sees contemporary application. The chapter on management actually hit me the hardest, which should tell yo ...more
John Gardner
Apr 02, 2013 John Gardner rated it it was amazing
I have a confession to make: I really don't like leadership books.

Don't get me wrong. I read books on leadership frequently, and I understand the value that good books on leadership add to my own ability to lead. In many ways, leadership is a very pragmatic subject, and I've greatly benefited from many of the ones I've read. I've just never actually enjoyed one before.

Until now.

Mohler makes no effort to hide the fact that The Conviction to Lead is categorically different from the plethora of oth
Brandon Lehr
Dec 19, 2012 Brandon Lehr rated it really liked it
There are an innumerable number of books on the subject of leadership. Everyone wants to be a leader and everyone is willing to tell you how to do it.

So how is this book any different?
First off, it is written by Albert Mohler, who is one of the clearest and most insightful voices in all of Christendom. If you aren't currently subscribed to his blog, you should be. He is also the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is responsible for leading the institution back to its founding
Peter N.
Sep 19, 2013 Peter N. rated it it was amazing
Also read back in 2013. Still the best book on leadership I have ever read. It needs to be revisited every couple of years. Here are the things I liked.

First, it is comprehensive, covering internal things, such as honesty, as well as external things such as managing and dealing with the media. There is no topic associated with leadership that he doesn't touch on. But it is important to note that while much applies to pastors, it was not written for pastors.

Second, he frequently encourages men
Brian Watson
Jan 30, 2014 Brian Watson rated it liked it
Maybe three stars is a bit overly critical, but I expected something better. Mohler states at the outset that he wants to change how the reader thinks about leadership. I don't think he accomplished that in me, but that is not to say his book isn't useful or wise. The main theme is that leaders need to lead according to their convictions. Mohler devotes a short chapter (usually seven pages) to each of 25 leadership principles. Each bit of advice was fine, but there are two main critiques I would ...more
Drew Miller
Jul 01, 2015 Drew Miller rated it really liked it
I'm not one to read lots of leadership books as it's just not something that I'm drawn to. I did find this book helpful in many ways. Mohler not only talked about what it looks like to be a leader but also had plenty of application to help you get there. I found the chapters on reading, writing, time, and social media/digital age most helpful.
Nathan Schneider
Mar 13, 2015 Nathan Schneider rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
Great resource for any leader. Mohler combines his experience in training the next generation of Christian leaders with the best of what you can find in other leadership genres. The difference for Mohler, though, is leadership grounded in truth.
Barnabas Piper
Jan 02, 2013 Barnabas Piper rated it really liked it
Really more of a 4.5 star book. The 25 short chapters is an ideal format because it keeps everything concise. The insights are strong. The practical and visionary aspects are equally balanced and strong. I really appreciated this book.
Paul Sheldon
Mar 15, 2013 Paul Sheldon rated it liked it
Shelves: leadership
Dr. Albert Mohler is qualified to speak authoritatively on many subjects, but there are perhaps few he is more qualified to address than leadership. For that reason when he writes a book on leadership it is safe to assume that your time will be well spent reading it. The Conviction to Lead is precisely that; a book on leadership written by Dr. Mohler. While it is a book on leadership its design is to be something other than one more volume to add to the mountainous pile of works dedicated to the ...more
Shane Saxon
Nov 28, 2013 Shane Saxon rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. I deeply respect Al Mohler, and this book only increased that admiration. I look forward to when one of Mohler’s students decides to write his biography so that we can all take a look into the miracle of SBTS. In Conviction to Lead, Mohler gives twenty-five principles of leadership. Of course, these principles are intrinsically biblical reflecting Mohler’s comprehensive worldview, but they are also practical. I think you can divide the principles into three somewhat overl ...more
Joe Valenti
Sep 02, 2013 Joe Valenti rated it really liked it
Shelves: church, leadership
Dr. mohler has done an excellent job assisting and empowering the Christian leader in his newest book, The Conviction to Lead. The goal and through line of the book is, just as the title indicates, conviction. Mohler agrues that conviction is the overarching trait that trumps all other leadership skills. A leader without conviction will fail. The thing that I really appreciate about this book is that it is very practical. There are no pie in the sky ideas. Rather Mohler offers clear and concise ...more
Matt Pitts
Dec 30, 2012 Matt Pitts rated it it was amazing
This book is solid gold. Though Dr. Mohler is a first-rate preacher, he is even more fundamentally a leader. Leadership is where Mohler has made (and is making) his most enduring mark on the world and in this book we learn how he does it.

The 25 brief chapters throb with the passion and conviction that Mohler embodies and believes is required of all true leaders. Here is wisdom gleaned from Mohler's extensive leadership experience as well as leadership experts and great leaders from history. Rea
Clara Roberts
Jun 10, 2014 Clara Roberts rated it it was amazing
This was the best book I have read on leadership. Only Rumsfeld's Rules comes close in offering aides to an active leader. Mohler tells the reader the the leaders are thinkers,teachers,communicators, readers, managers,decision makers, speakers, and writers. Leaders have character, credibility, moral virtue, passion, and convictions. He or she have intelligence and understands worldviews. As I read this book I was amazed to see how Obama is lacking in the twenty-five skills that Mohler list as ne ...more
Chad Gray
One of if not the best book I've read on leadership. It is solid biblically and theoretically, easy to read, and quite practical too. It has definitely motivated me to nail down my convictions and begin to learn how I might better communicate those convictions to those I lead or may lead in the future.
Dec 25, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on Leadership. Dr. Mohler lays out clear principles of what leadership is and how to apply each of those principles. What is leadership? Al Mohler defines it as, "Leadership is conviction transformed into united action." I highly recommend this book to all men and those especially in positions of leadership.
Ben Hartman
May 10, 2016 Ben Hartman rated it it was amazing
Al Mohler's book shows how true leadership comes from conviction, and helps you apply that conviction to various practical aspects of leadership. I would recommend this book to anyone who is or aspires to be a leader.
Oct 23, 2013 Josh rated it liked it
Good principles for Christian leaders in the workplace. Does have somewhat sloppy scriptural analysis in my opinion.
Eric Abisror
Jan 26, 2015 Eric Abisror rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership, favorites
This was an excellent book on leadership. He deals with a lot of issues a leader have to deal with.
Apr 28, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
Really helpful stuff. The chapter with the principles for reading was especially good. Mohler is the man.
Colton Guffey
Dec 15, 2015 Colton Guffey rated it it was amazing
I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a while. Easy to read, full of wisdom, and autobiographical of a leader who lives out his convictions. Would recommend to all who feel called to leadership.
Harold Cameron
Dec 20, 2012 Harold Cameron rated it it was amazing
“25 Principles For Leadership That Matters”

About the Book:

Leadership Principles from a Renowned Agent of Change

“Cultures and organizations do not change without strong leadership. While many leadership books focus on management or administration, the central focus of The Conviction to Lead is on changing minds.

Dr. Mohler was the driving force behind the transformation of Southern Seminary from a liberal institution of waning influence to a thriving evangelical seminary at the heart of the Sout
Cliff Eastham
Aug 19, 2014 Cliff Eastham rated it really liked it
At a time when many look at organized religion as fraudulent and non-Biblical, Dr. Mohler has written a book that motivates the reader to do more. Author of the book Albert Mohler, Jr. is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which is clearly a true form of leadership. He gets to the crux of the purpose of the book in the very first sentence, “Let me warn you right up front – my goal is to change the way you think about leadership.” There have been many books written about lea ...more
Kevin Thompson
Dec 31, 2012 Kevin Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
Title: The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters
Author: Albert Mohler
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publishing Year: 2012
Pages: 224
My Rating: 5 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)

There are certainly no shortage of books about leadership. Yet, in my few short years on earth, I’ve learned that whenever Al Mohler decides to address an issue, I need to pay attention. So, what does Dr. Mohler add to our public discourse on leadership? In a wor
John Majors
Feb 19, 2017 John Majors rated it really liked it
A solid read on the essentials of leadership from a guy who has certainly lead well. I wish there would have been more of the "behind the scenes" story of his effort to transform the Seminary he was charged with leading at just 33 years old. But it's clear his insights are rooted in his 20 years of experience carrying out that task. Worth reading and ingesting with conviction.
Mar 29, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Today, so many good ministries of conviction try to get you to support the teaching ministry of so-and-so in such a way as if the truth of God's Word will die unless the particular personality of that ministry/leadership of so-and- so survives. Mohler's work is a 'breath of fresh air', so to speak, in the seemingly ever present Déjà vu era of "I am of Paul, I am of Apollos...Calvin, Arminius,...etc." Mohler's premise is that, "There are no indispensable people, only indispensable convictions." T ...more
Rob Sumrall
Jun 18, 2014 Rob Sumrall rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
Those who have read and listened to Al Mohler before may be surprised by The Conviction to Lead. Mohler leaves behind the theological realm long enough to share insights he has garnered from his time at the helm of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

When Mohler was appointed as president at SBTS, he was done so as the result of a larger movement in Southern Baptist Life to move its seminaries, institutions, and churches back to their conservative theological roots
Dennis Thurman
Jan 31, 2017 Dennis Thurman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource to help equip Christian leaders in every realm of life. Almost perfect. The last few chapters were a bit redundant I thought, but overall highly recommended!
Feb 18, 2017 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
So helpful

This book was written by a solid leader who also happened to be the president of the seminary from which I graduated. So helpful.
Leonardo Alfonseca
Jan 23, 2017 Leonardo Alfonseca rated it it was amazing
Great book. I really like the chapter on character especially after so many leadership books neglect to mention it, I think it is much needed.
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Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

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“As theologian David F. Wells states so powerfully, We have turned to a God that we can use rather than a God we must obey; we have turned to a God who will fulfill our needs rather than to a God before whom we must surrender our rights to ourselves. He is a God for us and for our satisfaction, and we have come to assume that it must be so in the church as well. And so we transform the God of mercy into a God who is at our mercy. We imagine that he is benign, that he will acquiesce as we toy with his reality and co-opt him in the promotion of our ventures and careers.” 4 likes
“We want character but without unyielding conviction; we want strong morality, but without the emotional burden of guilt or shame; we want virtue but without particular moral justifications that invariably offend; we want good without having to name evil; we want decency without the moral authority to insist upon it; we want moral community without any limitations to personal freedom. In short, we want what we cannot have on the terms that we want it.” 4 likes
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