- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Trusted Books (May 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632693151
- ISBN-13: 978-1632693150
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,565,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Commandment Leader Paperback – May 5, 2014
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What is a good leader? In The Great Commandment Leader, Dordal exposes the truths many miss. Of course, based on The Great Commandment, his ideas focus on putting others first-service-as opposed to climbing the corporate ladder through a dog-eat-dog approach. That's not to say his target audience is solely the Christian leader. Obviously, it is the Christian leader that will best understand the commandment spoken of by Jesus, but that doesn't narrow the field of emphasis to believers only. Anyone in command can implement Dordal's principles and achieve success. Whether you are a soccer mom or football coach, the format Dordal lays out works. "Leadership is influence-nothing more, nothing less."
In order to actually fulfill the Great Commandment, Dordal breaks down the concept of who God is, who we are in God, and how to create influence in the lives of others. God is love. Although that is simplistic and perhaps clichéd, it is what it is. The concept of God being a bully in heaven, waiting to punish our every mistake, is at the foundation of the belief system of many. However, Dordal teaches that because God is perfect, he experiences righteous indignation and corrects injustice as needed. However, he is also the one who sacrificed his son for our benefit. He did it providing a way of escape and accomplishment as it pertains to salvation, healing and any other need one may have. God meets our needs so that as leaders, we may concentrate wholeheartedly on the needs of others. "God provides not only for the leader's sake but so the leader might become a conduit of God's love to others." The emphasis is on love being an action word and not just the description of an emotion.
Another area in which Dordal contradicts long held beliefs regarding leadership is independence verses interdependence. "Though many leaders are known for their fierce self-reliance and independence, Great Commandment leaders are completely dependent on God for their needs. Their confidence, authority, and power come from their relationship with Christ." This is an elementary theory, though, because being a leader that serves and sacrifices can't afford to be self centered. They have to be grounded enough to look beyond themselves and aware of the opportunities that will present. This is a basic yet mandatory requirement of great leaders.
Through boots-on-the-ground experience and Godly wisdom, Dordal has managed to get his finger on the pulse point of the type of leadership that makes a difference. It is service oriented, not goal driven. He uses copious Biblical references, charts, study questions, and my favorite-information on how to make those paradigm shifts. He has devoted a chapter each to equipping, coaching, multiplication, outcome, justice and `glocal" paradigms. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, it takes viewing a situation differently before we can enact a new concept, which is why these chapters are so crucial to completing the enlightenment of being a Great Commandment Leader.
Dordal's concept is really simple-lead by serving, serve by loving. You don't need the book to understand that. However, if you want to know how to be a leader of influence, you can't afford not to read The Great Commandment Leader. After spending time studying the scriptural references and concepts that Dordal presents, I believe other books designed to motivate the leader are a waste of time, money and effort. If the author demands you concentrate on yourself and not others, you will do leadership, but not be a great leader. It all begins with one question. What kind of leader do you want to be?