The Truth About Leadership

I’ve been re-visiting a fantastic book called The Truth About Leadership. I believe this is one of the most important “primers” on leadership that you can read.

Why? Because it sets foundational principles that we all need to grasp before we can really implement deeper principles on leadership. I’ve heard many times that leadership principles have changed with our current information/technology revolution.

No, they haven’t. 

In the introduction to this book, the authors address this idea, saying…

the context of leadership has changed dramatically…but the content of leadership has not changed much at all. The fundamental behaviors, actions, and practices of leaders have remained essentially the same …”

If, in fact, everything rises & falls on leadership, then understanding foundational elements of leadership are really non-negotiable if you are in a leadership position.

In this book, Kouzes & Posner suggest 10 fundamental leadership principles. We might post more on these individually in later posts, especially applying the principles to leading in children’s & family ministry, but just listing them here is a great reminder to all of us.

The principles include:

  1. You make a difference. 
  2. Credibility is the foundation of leadership.
  3. Values drive commitment.
  4. Focusing on the future sets leaders apart. 
  5. You can’t do it alone. 
  6. Trust rules. 
  7. Challenge is the crucible for greatness. 
  8. You either lead by example or you don’t lead at all. 
  9. The best leaders are the best learners. 
  10. Leadership is an affair of the heart. 
I would highly recommend this book. Also, if you haven’t read their other book (considered one of the all-time classics on leadership), I would encourage you to get it: The Leadership Challenge. These 10 principles fit within the context of the 5 Practices described in The Leadership Challenge. These 5 Practices are, leaders…
  • Model the Way
  • Inspire Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart
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Greg Baird is a Children’s Ministry veteran with over 20 years ministry experience. Greg has had the privilege of serving in four San Diego area churches, including under the leadership of both John Maxwell and David Jeremiah. He continues to fulfill his life calling through the ministry of, offering an experienced voice in equipping and connecting Children’s Ministry leaders around the country and around the world.