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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 rated it it was amazing
First rate. It would be hard to over-praise this one.
Peter Jones
Sep 19, 2013 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
John Gardner
Apr 02, 2013 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 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
Kristopher Schaal
I enjoyed this book from the moment I started reading, and never tired of it till I put it down. Excellent; and ambitious as its author. Mohler begins, “I want to fundamentally change the way leadership is understood and practiced” (15). How? By emphasizing the centrality of conviction to biblical leadership. And who better to write on the topic? Another fitting subtitle for this book would be, “How to Be Like Al Mohler.” But that’s okay, because many of us appreciate what Mohler has accomplishe ...more
Brian Watson
Jan 30, 2014 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
David Schultz
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m usually not a fan of leadership books but this one has a great central message with many helpful applications in different areas. You wouldn’t have to be the leader of a corporation or a pastor to benefit from Mohler’s wise words.
Drew Miller
Jul 01, 2015 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. ...more
Barnabas Piper
Jan 02, 2013 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.
Nathan Schneider
Mar 13, 2015 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.
Eric Durso
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Excellent. Best book on leadership I've read. ...more
Ryan Boomershine
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Second read - Dec '15
First read - March '13

Easily my favorite book on leadership. Almost every word was written for me. Lots of clarity and wisdom herein.
Jesvin Jose
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Al Mohler became the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at age 33 and is a prominent voice in contemporary culture. His goal in “A conviction to lead” is to change the way we think about and practice leadership. Does he succeed? Well, I think mostly yes!

Mohler’s central theme is that leadership should be driven by conviction (right beliefs that lead to action). Without such conviction, we might be able to manage well, but not truly lead. At the heart of such leadership, is what M
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chock-full of sound wisdom for Christians aspiring to positions of leadership.
Paul Sheldon
Mar 15, 2013 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
Ryan Trzeciak
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chapter one identifies two cultures within modern Christian leadership. There are the believers and then there are the leaders. Believers tend to have strong convictions but lack leadership ability. Leaders tend to possess the skill but lack the foundational beliefs that give substance to their leadership. In this book, Mohler seeks to wed the two by creating leaders infused with conviction and instilling those with conviction with the ability to lead. Each one of the 25 principles makes the rea ...more
Kevin McCarthy
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed Mohler’s emphasis on language—on the importance that leaders be writers, readers, and communicators. Didn’t care much for the tendency to praise Republican presidents for great leadership and criticize Democratic presidents for poor leadership. Also didn’t care much for the implicit, unspoken assumption throughout the book that women aren’t capable of much leadership. Who knew? Mohler, I guess. So all in all, a mixed bag for me.
Shane Saxon
Nov 28, 2013 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 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
Good Dogg
Nov 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
At the end of my bookshelf, I have a few books which are so bad I keep them facing backwards. This joins the ranks.
As a daily Bible reading Christian involved deeply in leading others , I wanted to like this book. But it was empty. Empty of spiritual or business value. The stated goal of the book: " fundamentally change the way leadership is understood and practiced." Mission Unaccomplished.
I agree with the author's belief that "the last thing the church needs is warmed over business theo
Matt Pitts
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
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
James Harmeling
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent work. Like a mechanic, Mohler takes apart the task of leadership and rebuilds the work from the ground up starting with conviction of theology. He makes his case pungently and writes like a leader. Mohler's flaws are limited to his main leadership work: seminary revolution. Not everyone leads something like that. Thus, he is not broad enough to encompass all Christian leadership opportunities. There is a glaring gap on team building and spiritual empowerment (prayer life of leaders). P ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very helpful in some ways (and a little boring in others). I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if I could. This isn't my favorite genre, but Mohler does provide several helpful principles for leadership. The book is very thin on implementation. It's strength is to instruct the reader on what's most important, rather than explain how to do it.

I especially appreciated his insistence on "conviction" as the foundation of leadership (given a chapter of its own, but also repeated throughout the book). And the sev
Clara Roberts
Jun 10, 2014 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
David Chung
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
A clear, hearty read. Full of pithy statements on leadership to stir anyone aspiring to lead well. Mohler's core message is that conviction must fuel, as well as govern, all that a leader does, and leaders can't delegate their convictions. Some indeed lead from conviction, while others "merely hold an office." His reflections on the power of language and the imminence of death were especially noteworthy. ...more
Chad Gray
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Dec 25, 2015 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. ...more
Ben Hartman
May 10, 2016 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. ...more
Aaron Hale
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
This is a great read for any leader. The principles laid out in the book apply to any leadership position. What I found great about this book was that Dr. Mohler went beyond the platitudes about leadership that are abundant today and gave practical applicable advice.
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really helpful stuff. The chapter with the principles for reading was especially good. Mohler is the man.
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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.

Dr. Mohler has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In fact, called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangel

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“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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