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The Self-Aware Leader: Discovering Your Blind Spots to Reach Your Ministry Potential Paperback – March 14, 2017
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"This book is designed to equip young Christians to grow in their capabilities, devotion, and development, and to maximize the vapor that God has given to each of us for his glory!" (John H. Sather, national director, Cru Inner City)
"When I went into full-time ministry at twenty years old, I wish I'd had this book at my disposal. The Self-Aware Leader is an incredible tool for both individuals and teams, but it's especially helpful for young leaders learning to navigate ministry, leadership, and their own limitations for the first time. In this book, Terry helps leaders have the tough conversations necessary for growing in both self-awareness and Christlikeness." (Elle Campbell, author, speaker, cofounder of Stuff You Can Use)
"Fresh and relevant! This book brilliantly offers great insights and will challenge you to take a deeper look at how ministry has been done in the past. It is a game-changer for Christian youth workers desperately trying to stay in step with our rapidly shifting culture, providing real-life strategies for success! Bravo!" (Joan McClendon, project director, Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative, Saint Mary's College, adjunct instructor, Bethel College)
"I've been waiting for Terry to write this book ever since I first heard him talk about it. It's overdue! It's a must-read for every leader. I will highly recommend it to anyone who desires to be a healthy leader." (Doug Fields, veteran youth pastor, bestselling author, cofounder, Downloadyouthministry.com)
"In a society where people remain silent from having the conversations needed for healthy settings, ministries have relaxed and adopted the normalcy of allowing gaps among leaders. The young adult leader occupies the past and the present but is unable to lead well without addressing the day-to-day issues. My friend Terry provides practical exercises that will help organizations learn how to gather together, address issues, and adopt best practices to keep the lines of communication open and ongoing." (Fred Oduyoye, director of networking, Youth Specialties)
"Terry Linhart has given a gift to those of us who care about developing faithful leadership for the decades ahead. The Self-Aware Leader provides wonderful content and profound questions for reflection that can help leaders do the important inner work that is absolutely vital for long-term effectiveness in ministry. This is a wonderful resource, both for leaders and their mentors!" (Ken Knipp, VP of training, Young Life)
"For years, Terry has helped equip young leaders like myself to serve the church well as pastors, ministry directors, missionaries, and more. The idea of learning to see in community what you cannot see on your own has been a constant thread in his work. The church is better because of leaders like Terry. In this project, The Self-Aware Leader, Terry stays true to form and offers piercing yet practical insight for rookie and seasoned leaders alike. While many leadership books can devolve into the realm of self-help, this work challenges us to overcome our blind spots by engaging in the critical, Spirit-led process of self-examination and communal reflection that moves a leader toward a place of confession, forgiveness, and growth. If you can only read one book on leadership this year, you should make it The Self-Aware Leader!" (Edrin C. Williams, The Sanctuary Covenant Church)
"Grounded in years of experience in leadership development and a passion for seeing leaders flourish, Linhart brings much-needed attention to common blind spots that often hinder young leaders and provides biblical practices to address them. A must-read practical guide for leadership teams or anyone hoping to grow their effectiveness in leadership!" (Tom Lin, president/CEO of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship)
"Terry Linhart has delivered a winning exploration of what you need to know about your past, present, and future leadership journey. Those you lead will thank you for reading this book." (Kara Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute, coauthor of Growing Young)
"Terry takes us on a deep dive into the inner life of a leader, which truly guides all of life and leadership. He is gentle and gracious, yet direct and relentless, to go after the critical areas of a leader's life. If you allow it, this book will be a deep dive into your soul and character that will utterly transform your whole life." (April L. Diaz, author and speaker, Slingshot Group associate, director of coaching, The Youth Cartel)
"A few ministry leadership tours of duty convinced me that too many otherwise gifted people hit ineffectiveness walls because they were unable (or unwilling) to carefully consider the cracks in their foundations. As Terry Linhart points out, we've all got them. But when we're deluded into thinking that it's more important to give others what we think they want than to give them what we know we can offer, the temptation to 'act the part' gains a foothold in our hearts. This book is written by a friend who has become comfortable in his own skin and wonderfully fruitful as a leader, in part because he is fully committed to staying on the same journey he so carefully describes as necessary for the authentic, self-aware leader." (Dave Rahn, senior ministry advisor, Youth for Christ USA)
About the Author
Terry Linhart (PhD, Purdue University) is an author, speaker, consultant, and professor of Christian ministries at Bethel College in South Bend, Indiana. He is founder and leader of the Arbor Research Group and hosts the leadership podcast 37thePodcast. His books include Evangelism Remixed, Teaching the Next Generations, What Can We Do? and Global Youth Ministry. For over twenty-five years, Terry has led and taught about topics related to Christian ministry and organizational oversight. His youth ministry experience includes eight years in parachurch ministry with Youth for Christ and seven years as youth pastor at Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton, Indiana. He has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary, North Park University, Huntington College, Taylor University, and Alliance Graduate School in Quezon City, Philippines. He and his wife Kelly live near South Bend, Indiana, and they have three grown children.
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In his introduction, he is transparent in telling his own story and his own bumpy path that taught him to finally develop self-awareness. He explains self-deception that finally pushes us into a life of hypocrisy. Though self-awareness is a modern psychological term, he means it in the biblical sense of examining ourselves before God.
In chapter 1, he reminds us that most of us want to do our best in Christian ministry, yet we often fall short of our potential. He rips from the pages of the New Testament the analogy of a race to help us see life as it should be seen. (Be sure to note the Johari Window he shares). He exposes our allusions that we can bear fruit without being closely connected to Jesus Christ. In chapter 2 he goes after our blind spots and teaches us to learn to pass the smell test in our actions and reactions. In chapter 3 he encourages us to learn how to view our past appropriately.
When it comes to chapter 4, he tackles the sticky subject of our not being blind to our temptations. He hammers away at what he calls “the big five” of seeking prominence, holding on to control, valuing shiny stuff, pursuing inappropriate intimacy, and relishing resentment. He provides self checks and ways to build in personal safeguards in each category. In chapter 5 he tackles our emotions and surveys the damage they can cause and the emotional maturity we need. Chapter 7 guides us through the common ministry problem of conflicts. Again, he provides practical advice for being more mature in that area. The final chapter is about seeing your margins. He gives some really thoughtful help and encouragement here. His conclusion brings out the end goal to steady our perspective.
Mr. Linhart succeeds in helping us find our blind spots to reach our true ministry potential. The book reads well and is a real help. In our age of brokenness, this book has come along at a perfect time. I highly recommend it!
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Knowing that my work requires me to lead well, I take leadership development seriously. One way that I pursue leadership development is by reading books like Terry Linhart's The Self-Aware Leader: Discovering Your Blind Spots to Reach Your Ministry Potential.
The Self-Aware Leader addresses several key areas of leadership, including a leader's past, temptations, emotions, pressures, conflicts, and margins. Terry's writing is engaging and includes personal anecdotes, scripture, and time-tested principles designed to help leaders see and address their blind spots in order to lead more effectively.
One thing that I appreciated about The Self-Aware Leader is that it starts with an examination of self in which Terry walks readers through exploring how they're dissatisfied, competitive, and insecure. He then offers practical solutions for how to address these blindspots, including taking an “imaginary reaction selfie” in order to monitor your reactions and better understand what causes the “deep down internal reactions that no one else sees.”
Terry's insights on Seeing Your Conflicts are also particularly profound. Here, his experience as a professor, consultant, and pastor are particularly evident. It's clear his advice comes from someone who hasn't just studied conflict in an academic setting, but has lived it and worked hard to resolve it (and helped others do the same.) Among other things, in this chapter, Terry reminds leaders of the importance of discussing issues with many voices, but leaving with one voice. In his words, “Unity is a demonstration that the issue has been truly resolved.”
The Self-Aware Leader will be my new “go-to” leadership book to put in the hands of other leaders. It's short, accessible, and relevant for both young leaders as well as veteran leaders. The discussion questions included throughout The Self-Aware Leader make it ideal for a group of leaders to discuss together or with a mentor. Whether it's read individually or in community with others, The Self-Aware Leader will help leaders become stronger leaders who are more aware of their own weaknesses and strengths as well as how to harness them for effective ministry.
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