Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders
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Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders

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Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor to many thousands of Christian leaders across a broad spectrum of ministry settings, Reggie McNeal helps spiritual leaders understand that they will self-select into or out of greatness. In this important book, McNeal shows how great spiritual leaders are committed consciously and intentionally to seven spiritual discip...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published May 20th 2010 by Jossey-Bass (first published April 1st 2006)
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This was a very good book on leadership that was more practical in its approach. Many leadership books tend to be more philosophical in nature, focusing on the ideas of leadership but leaving out practical application and steps. McNeal does a good job of balancing the two. He approaches leadership from a biblical perspective and explains that as Christian leaders we are called to be excellent. God does not call us to be mediocre, but to represent Him in a way that honors Him. We need to be great...more
I loved Reggie McNeal's [The Present Future:] but had a hard time getting into this book on spiritual leadership. When it touches on some of Reggie's key themes (passion, talent, the missional transition) the book sings; other parts of the book read more like a well-thought-out conglomeration of ideas on leadership from Maxwell, Stanley & Hybels.

This would be a good starting place for someone reading about spiritual leadership - it's a great compilation of disciplines & ideas. It's prob...more
McNeal identifies seven disciplines that hold the potential to transform one’s leadership from good to great: self-awareness, self-management, self-development, mission, decision-making, belonging, and aloneness. While these disciplines doubtlessly serve as catalysts to greatness in leadership, McNeal’s insights are generally stale and uninspiring. There is little here to disagree with, but, likewise, little that will adequately motivate or equip leaders (McNeal’s comments on debriefing as a for...more
I love Reggie McNeal but did not really enjoy this book. His whole concept on changing the scorecard and missional thinking is a breath of fresh air but this book seems to be more generic leadership book in style. Would not recommend this book.
Another good read from Reggie McNeal. Good overview of a spiritual leader's life and needs. Helpful review of areas in which to be personally disciplined in order to be effective.

The Introduction is worth the time to read by itself.
Jan 08, 2010 Aaron rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are all into "leadership"
It's chocked full of good strategies for Godly leaders. The only problem is that I don't get the "leadership-ese" that it's written in. Also, it seems to be a little too broad in it's prescriptions for it to be applicable.
Challenging and encouraging. Well written in my opinion and very inspiring. If there is anything to critique, I would say it gets a bit overwhelming at times. So much good advice in one place!
Loved this book. I used it with my 2008/09 Leadership team. Greatness requires discipline and Reggie outlined 7 Principles of Greatness...Will reread this book.
Very good! It focus on discipline of greatness and defines greatness biblically of what Jesus taught...humility, service, and good skills defines greatness.
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Steve Solari
Loved it, plan to re-read it many times.
Book touches way too lightly on subject of leadership. Some good insights, but not worth the time.
Great book! Great practices to put into practice!
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