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The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  646 ratings  ·  145 reviews
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

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 15th 2012 by Bethany House Publishers (first published October 26th 2012)
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Steven Wedgeworth
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
Brandon Lehr
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
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John Gardner
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 actuallyenjoyed one before.

Until now.

Mohler makes no effort to hide the fact that The Conviction to Leadis categorically different from the plethora of other
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Douglas Wilson
First rate. It would be hard to over-praise this one.
Brian Watson
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
Barnabas Piper
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.
Clara Roberts
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
Paul Sheldon
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
Peter N.
The best book on leadership I have ever read. 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 to make sure they are called to leadership. Often he will say something like,
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Shane Saxon
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
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
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
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Cliff Eastham
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
Dustin Witmer
The focus of the book is to inspire leaders to "convictional leadership," that is, leadership centered on conviction. No doubt this is very important as any leader is tempted to be turned aside for power, money, fame, security, or sex. The postmodern, hyper-individualistic ethos of our era only makes it more necessary. Few leaders stand by convictions.

Mohler sets out to revolutionize the way we think about leadership. I'm not sure he's really doing that though. I feel like there's probably a sec
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Eric Abisror
This was an excellent book on leadership. He deals with a lot of issues a leader have to deal with.
Ben Trowbridge
I must be honest and say that I did not read the entire book. I got about 75% through it. Maybe I'll pick it back up in the future and finish it. The reason why I stopped was because it was not holding my attention and I had several other books that I wanted to get to.
Al Mohler is brilliant! He is easily one of the best preachers that I have had the privilege to hear preach. The Conviction the Lead is ok is really the best I can say about it. It doesn't have a whole lot of scripture in it which
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Derek
The title of the book basically says it all. Conviction to lead is all about how biblical convictions ought to influence Christian leadership. Mohler details 25 principles which he considers essential for true leadership to occur. He helpfully describes his own leadership experiences as the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the challenges he faced along the way, giving credibility to his words.

While the book gave helpful things to consider in leadership (e.g. leaders
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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.
Bob Allen
There are some really good things in the book with some overlap with The Top Ten MIstakes…. Having watched Mohler for the last 30 some odd years (we were in Geogia when he became the editor of The Christian Index), he’s describing his leadership approach. I think there are and will be a lot of really good leaders who will be somewhat competent, but don’t excel, in areas that he says are critical. Several of the principles apply to a level of leadership like Platt or Brady or even Cearley, but ar ...more
Paul Mullen
I waffled between 3 stars and 4. 4 stars because I think he's right. 3 stars because most of this seems obvious to me. Nevertheless, I'm beginning to think that it is not obvious to everyone and I want to be sure that people who want to lead well would give this one a try.

Mohler seems to write out of his own experience as a leader and he titrates the experiences into 25 principles. They are mostly practical and they play together in concert but won't work well as a magic incantation for someone
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Josh
Good principles for Christian leaders in the workplace. Does have somewhat sloppy scriptural analysis in my opinion.
Scott
Really helpful stuff. The chapter with the principles for reading was especially good. Mohler is the man.
Bill
Great book. I found most of Dr. Mohler's points applicable to being a family leader. What remains most vivid in my mind is the importance of passing on your convictions to your organization (family). When we pass, those left in our place may do things different, but must have the same convictions. If not then the organization will change, usually for the worse. He uses many older universities as his examples of this. I can think of many godly older people, but yet their children and grandchildre ...more
Rob Sumrall
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
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Brad Graham
Hard for me to review this book... I very much enjoy Dr. Mohler's writing and his daily briefing of the news from a Christian perspective. Perhaps, then, this book is a victim of my (and Mohler's own stated) high expectations. Obviously the book has been a huge hit, particularly among Christian men I respect. It's just... I don't see what's so great about it. Here are a couple of my quibbles:

First - the audience. This book is quite clearly written for people in Dr. Mohler's situation: Leaders of
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Dan Glover
This book is very, very good. Most books on leadership are all about methods and management, and while the author admits those things are important and he speaks to them in this volume, Al Mohler very correctly explains that solid and effective leadership begins and ends with the leaders convictions. For leadership to truly seek and result in the success of the cause or organization being lead, that leadership must be based upon, nurtured through, and be measured against the truth-based convicti ...more
Randall Hartman
This is the most well-integrated, thoroughly Christian, principled and practical leadership book I have read. Mohler asserts that "leadership starts with a purpose, not a plan," and that "leadership that matters most is deeply convictional." "Leading is believing...without conviction, nothing really matters, and nothing of significance is passed on." Symptoms characterizing our lack of effective leaders in society, government, business, and even church are easily identified when one examines the ...more
Nikole Hahn
The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles For Leadership That Matters by Albert Mohler could be summed up in one sentence: A leader must lead with conviction using the tools available to us to pass on that conviction as a legacy.

“Awareness of our mortality changes everything…We are creatures made for a specific time and a specific opportunity and a unique stewardship of influence, life, and energy…for we live with the constant awareness that everything we have built can be undone when we are gone. W
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Victor Gentile
Albert Mohler in his new book, “The Conviction to Lead” published by Bethany House Publishers provides 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters.

From the back cover: 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
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Bryan
I finished this book in about two days and must say that it is a great book for anyone looking to enter the field of ministry or about to become the leader of a fairly large ministry/church. The downsides of the book are that it appeals well to a niche market. Those who have not read the copious amounts of leadership materials from Druker, Maxwell, and Roth will find this a great place to start reading about Leadership Principles. Mohler mentions them in passing and quotes them in various places ...more
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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.” 2 likes
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