- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Michael Hanrahan Publishing (November 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780994405593
- ISBN-13: 978-0994405593
- ASIN: 0994405596
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
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The Anonymous Leader: An Unambitious Pursuit of Influence Paperback – November 26, 2015
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"In a time where it is easy to craft our own image and advance our leadership journey under our own steam, The Anonymous Leader is a timely reminder of the importance of humble, Christlike leadership." - Mark Sayers, Senior Leader Red Church, author of Facing Leviathan, and Disappearing Church
"The Anonymous Leader is essential reading for anyone taking up the leadership baton. More than informed, you will be inspired!" - Stu Cameron, Lead Minister Newlife Uniting Church
"Ralph Mayhew's new book The Anonymous Leader is packed full of wisdom and insight for both emerging and experienced leaders. I highly recommend it!" - Mark Conner, Senior Minister CityLife Church, Melbourne, author of Transforming Your Church
"This book not only challenges how leadership is being experienced now but also shows how it can be done differently and diligently." - Rohan Dredge, Senior Pastor, Discovery Church, Leadership blogger
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It is both honest and practical. The author doesn't shy away from providing practical examples and next steps for the principals offered as well as allowing others to learn from his own experiences and mistakes. The ideas in this are relevant to anyone offering leadership within their Christian community, whether as a small group leader, youth leader or pastor. It would also be a great help for those who may be a huge influence in their community and are still trying to work out what to do with this reality.
Well written and engaging, it will definitely get a 2nd read through to see what I missed the first time around. :)
Seeking to be anonymous is hardly a spoken goal for many in today’s social media dominated world. Likes, shares, and going viral is the goal, not becoming hidden. Yet, Mayhew makes a strong case for the latter over the former. The goal of our leadership should be to exalt Jesus, not ourselves. Jesus must increase and we must decrease, so stated John the Baptist, and is the calling at the root of this book.
The book is not a fast read because you have to slow down and prayerfully consider what has been written and how it applies to your life. Think a bit over these sentences as a sample:
• Leading is not about you or your influence-it is about God influencing others through you and receiving the glory
or credit because of it.
• That people would dare to follow you is a sobering responsibility.
• You are a signpost that points people toward God, and a signpost cannot afford to take up any of the road.
• The anonymous leader chooses to become less so that someone else can become more of who they were created
• Leaders have asked others to expect more of them by stepping onto the platform of leadership.
• Wise people reflect a lot. They analyze how they are felling, what actions they have taken, why the did what they
did, and how to reacted to certain pressures.
• It’s not until a person starts to make influential decisions with those they lead that their character is truly
• Of course, every leader has their weaknesses, but having them and knowing them are two different things.
There are many, many more sentences that caused me to stop and ponder my own leadership platform. For example, “As a leader matures, what defines their leadership is not their level of confidence, but the source of their security.” What an excellent thought to think about for say, the next twenty years or so!
Overall the book does a good job laying out the leadership platform upon which all leaders stand. The author presents fences that keep us on the platform and choices we can make that knock us off of it. The goal of the book is to end up in a chair in the middle of the platform spending time at Jesus’ feet.
As leaders, we are supposed to be about building the Kingdom of God, not our own little one. We are to lift Jesus up and He will build the Church. We are to present Jesus and draw our follower’s attention to Him, not to us or our giftings. Whatever we have been given gift wise, the purpose is to lead others to Jesus and not to ourselves.
As we become more like Jesus we will learn to decrease as He increases. Jesus will take center stage and we will become a blur in the background. We will learn to invest in others to excel while we rejoice in their success. We will seek to become anonymous, and that is an excellent choice.
This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review, which is a wonderful blessing!
Dr. Jeff Klick
writer, designer, leader