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Just Lead!: A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church Hardcover – February 26, 2013

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From the Author: Quick Tricks for the Leader Who Wants to Grow

  1. Get off the Leadership Island. If you find yourself leading alone, someone is setting you up and it's not your boss or your employees. It's Satan. He wants you to be alone in your leadership, so when things frustrate or overwhelm you, you don't have anyone to turn to. There are two kinds of support every leader needs: Cheerleaders and Challengers. The cheerleaders are on your side even when you haven't done your best. They always believe in you and speak it into your spirit. They speak words of encouragement that help us survive the inevitable bumps of leadership. The Challengers are people who push us to get better, to go even farther. They call you out when you are not doing your best and they don't let you settle into average. We need a balance of both in our lives. As a leader if you only have cheerleaders, you'll be happy and comfortable, but you'll never grow. If you only have challengers, you'll get easily discouraged and you might feel like giving up.
  2. Develop your leader finesse. Focus on these 3 areas for quick but solid growth:
    1. Find a mentor that possesses skills you admire. Watch them and take notes. Apply what you see and hear in your own leadership life.
    2. Brush up on your reading. I go back often to tried and true leadership guru's like John Maxwell and Patrick Lencioni, but I also check out current leadership titles, i.e. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath.
    3. Pick a leadership skill to work on this week. Write down how you want to improve and set short, but easy goals that you can accomplish in a short time.
  3. Give permission for a fellow leader to speak into you. Embrace the fact that a blind leader is a weak leader and be willing to look honestly at what you are not good at. Invite another leader who knows you well to speak into your actions, your attitudes and your skills. Are there blind spots that elude you? Giving someone permission to speak freely, with the assurance you won't bite their head off is humbling, wise and a sure way to sharpen your leader acuity.

From the Inside Flap

"God created in [us] the desire and raw talent to lead, just as he has in you. . . . God is asking us to do something with what he has given us: not to dig a hole and keep it a secret or pretend with false humility that we aren't able, and not to hide in a corner because we're afraid someone will point a finger and label us bossy. But to use our creativity and ability to learn, grow, and become the leader God designed us to be."

—From the Introduction

Just Lead! is a welcome guide for women who feel called to lead but who need help to learn what it takes to break the "stained-glass ceiling." As two experienced leaders who have served in a number of capacities in churches and organizations, Surratt and Catron not only explore the barriers—internal and external—that keep women from assuming a leadership role but also provide practical reality checks on what women can do to become effective leaders. The book shows how to handle criticism, face indecision, and grapple with the loneliness that often comes with being in charge. It also offers sage advice on respecting gender differences, overcoming communication barriers, leading other women, and developing a balanced team.

Written with style and wit, Just Lead! is filled with illustrative examples, solid research, and practical advice for women who aspire to leadership roles within their churches and ministries. Sherry Surratt and Jenni Catron have "walked the leadership walk" and are wise companions in showing godly women how to lead well.

If you are a woman who wants to successfully navigate the transitions necessary to lead well in church and ministry settings, Just Lead! is the handbook you need.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118314395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118314395
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By turnerbethany on March 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Top 10 reasons why I love Just Lead:

1. Applicable to everyone - This book is written with women leaders in the church in mind, but I think this book is applicable to everyone as #2-10 will show.

2. Practical tips and sound advice - For every topic Sherry and Jenni discuss, they offer practical tips learned from their own experiences on how to handle being lonely, afraid, insecure, criticized, indecisive, and safe.

3. Discussion questions - At the end of every chapter are questions for you to reflect on. These questions would be great for reading the book alone or with a small group.

4. Relatable authors - When reading the book, I felt like I could sit down with both of the authors and have a wonderful conversation with them.

5. Biblically based - The Bible is one of the main resources the authors draw from in how to become leaders.

6. Honest - Sherry and Jenni did not try to hide how difficult leadership especially if you are woman can be. They are honest, but offer plenty of insight on women leadership.

7. Importance of communication - One chapter is fully devoted to communication.

8. Tackles the big issues - Leaders face lots of issues. Sherry and Jenni didn't shy away from the biggest ones.

9. Validates women leaders - Many times especially in the church, women are not allowed to be leaders, and THIS IS WRONG. Just Lead validates and celebrates women leaders.

10. Fills a huge gap in our libraries - There is a plethora of books on leadership, but many of those books are geared toward men leaders. It was a breath of fresh air to read a book aimed at discussing the issues many women leaders face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Hinrichs on March 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Finally! A book for women leaders written by women leaders who know.

I often find myself frustrated in situations where the lack of leadership is apparent and I tend to get a bit itchy when progress or resolution seems distant or too slow. Quite frankly, there are days when I simply want to throw in the towel, walk away, and start over...somewhere else. But I don't.

I remember the time, years ago, that I received a phone call from someone at my church asking me to lead Women's Ministries. I laughed. Me? Lead? I was relatively young and new in my faith but someone at the church saw something in me that I didn't see in myself. As I reflect back on my life, I realized this has been a common theme...someone saw abilities and talents in me, called them out, and encouraged me to give them a try.

Over the years, opportunities have seemingly dropped in my lap. Opportunities I was not looking for and that I didn't seek out. Opportunities to lead. Opportunities to implement. Opportunities to create and dream. Opportunities to use my God-given gifts to a fuller extent than I was aware of and to be all that he created me to be. But I was afraid.

2012 was a defining year in my leadership. I was plagued by massive frustration and indecision which led to questioning the direction of my future. Over time, I had a growing sense of what was wrong, but I was afraid to speak up. A recurring phrase holding me back was, "What if I'm wrong?" I lacked the experience of being able to say, "In my 20+ years of leading people, I've seen this situation over a dozen times. Here's what worked..."

But somehow, God gave me the strength to take a risk. When you are a leader, you cannot sit back and just watch things unfold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on February 24, 2013
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This book, while being targeted to women who lead in the church, holds nuggets of wisdom for any woman in leadership. I am a business woman, not a minister by profession. In the male-dominated world of business, it is nice to see some practical, sound advice for women leading in what has mainly been a man's arena. I found in this book many things that I can take into my work day to help me be a better manager and employee. The book is well written and easy to read. It felt like you were sitting down with a friend getting good advice on how to to be a better leader. Both authors bring different experiences and wisdom to the book and balance each other well. I have several peers in my industry who will be receiving this book as gift when it comes out in hardback, and I am confident they will love it as much as I.
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Just Lead is a must read! Jenni Catron and Sherry Surratt represent women leaders so well in these brilliantly articulated chapters. Their no-nonsense, no-complaining and no-whining approach to leadership helps give all women managers, presidents and leaders hope and encouragement. Regardless of your gender, you can lead to your fullest potential just the way God wired you - even with two X chromosomes! Yes, women can play a key role in our businesses, churches or any other organization. Of course, there are challenges and hurdles to jump, but Jenni and Sherry both acknowledge these obstacles while giving you wise perspective and honest, practical advice on how to get the job done that God called you to accomplish! These two authors are seasoned, intelligent, successful, authentic and lead with character and integrity. I'm thrilled that they teamed up to discuss a topic that is rarely yet increasingly necessary to discuss. Having had leadership roles in a few different churches and a non-profit organization since 1997, I was immensely inspired to Just Lead and I guarantee you will, too! Thanks for this gift, Eve Annunziato
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