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About Tom R. Harper
Over the years, I've found that the Bible is the ultimate leadership book. It's full of theory as well as illustrations; biographies as well as first-person narratives.
At one point I thought I wanted to go into ministry. Instead, I stayed in business and ended up writing Career Crossover: Leaving the Marketplace for Ministry. I got to talk to many people who crossed over, though it didn't end up being my own path.
These days I feel passionate about bringing biblical principles into the marketplace and other secular areas. Biblical concepts work just as well in business, education, non-profit, sports and government - anywhere there are leaders.
The problem I see, however, is biblical principles are severely lacking in all these places, including the church.
So what to do about it?
I feel God has been prompting me to spread the Word through practical books and resources. I want to help people see the wisdom and truth contained in the Scriptures.
Most people look at the Bible as a source of spiritual truths, but they fail to realize how practical it is for wise living in the everyday world. They look elsewhere for more "modern" leadership guidance, missing the treasure trove right in front of them.
The Bible has much to say about leadership. If you take the time read it, you'll encounter exciting concepts, truisms and promises that could revolutionize your life and leadership.
May you discover the riches waiting for you in God's Word!
Networld Media Group
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ARE YOU A STRONG SERVANT LEADER?
"For many years I struggled to lead in a difficult environment. My colleagues seemed to thrive on conflict. I sure didn't. I tried to be a servant, but I couldn't compete with their charisma and intensity."
Whether you lead in a church or the marketplace, you probably relate to Tom Harper's desire to serve with strength. This book is the result of his three-year search through the Bible for wisdom on how to establish authority, overcome resistance, develop boldness, and manage conflict.
In Servant Leader Strong, you'll discover hundreds of Bible verses and concepts that can help you rise to a new level of courageous, Christ-like leadership.
About the Author
Tom Harper has helped launch industry associations, ministry startups, and media companies. He is publisher of BiblicalLeadership, a website offering free leadership content and resources. His other books include the business fable Through Colored Glasses: How Great Leaders Reveal Reality (DeepWater, 2018), and Leading from the Lions' Den: 66 Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible (B&H, 2010). He and his family live near Louisville, Kentucky.
"What does the Bible say about leadership? If you've ever asked that question, this book is for you. Tom Harper unpacks the fundamentals of leadership and gives us biblical grounding for what healthy, God-honoring leadership looks like. He'll challenge and broaden your view of servant leadership and equip you with a biblical framework for high-performance leadership." --Jenni Catron, author, speaker, and founder of The 4Sight Group
"What are you called to achieve as a servant leader? Servant Leader Strong will drive you to get after your goals fervently, excellently, and biblically. In these pages, you'll find verse after verse that will build you up and fill you with the confidence that Jesus is standing right next to you – because he is!" --Kyle Idleman, author of not a fan and Don't Give Up
"Tom Harper's new book Servant Leader Strong is the perfect book to take your leadership to the next level. Harper brilliantly takes a deep dive into Scripture to show the congruency between being a strong leader and also one that serves. In short, this book will inspire you and encourage you to lead more like Jesus – enough said!" --Dave Ferguson, author of Hero Maker: Five Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders
Fearing this would be the final time he'd address his management team and board as CEO, Leo Perkins prepared to give the presentation of his life.
"So, tell us your new plan," the chairman said, "and explain why it's better than your last one."
In Through Colored Glasses, author Tom Harper addresses a leadership challenge identified in Proverbs 16:2: "All a person's ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord."
Leo Perkins wants to save the company, but his real motivation is to prevent a blow to his ego. His colleagues are dominated by their own ambitions and fears. It's as if they all wear colored glasses, blinding them to reality.
In a story full of twists and confrontations, one executive boldly speaks truth to Leo. Her persistence -- and the Word of God -- lead to an outcome no one expects.
In the afterword, the author presents scripture-based lessons to help leaders unlock reality in their own organizations:
- How to reveal people's real desires
- How to use God's Word in everyday leadership
- Discovering the hidden motivations behind people's words and actions
"If our leaders are not passionately driven by the right beliefs, we are headed for disaster. At the same time, if believers cannot lead, we are headed nowhere. In his book, Through Colored Glasses, Tom Harper mixes right beliefs and leadership skill. His thoughtful, engaging presentation of biblical leadership is a sorely needed message for Christians in leadership positions, both in the workplace and in the church." --R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Leaders lead people, not organizations. Tom Harper brings this out brilliantly in his new book, Through Colored Glasses. This engaging, contextual leadership parable will enlighten you about what happens behind the scenes, when people attempt to lead others." --Dr. Richard Blackaby, president of Blackaby Ministries International, and author of Spiritual Leadership and Living Out of the Overflow
"Understanding and defining reality requires leaders to be truth seekers and tellers. This book illustrates the power of truth and the spiritual insight that the Bible provides to guide leadership." --David Novak, co-founder of Yum! Brands and author of Taking People with You and O Great One
About the Author
TOM HARPER is CEO of Networld Media Group, a business information publisher based in Louisville, Kentucky. He serves as a deacon at Southeast Christian Church, which he attends with his wife and three children. Tom is publisher of BiblicalLeadership.com and wrote Leading from the Lions' Den: Leadership Lessons from Every Book of the Bible (B&H, 2010).
While most new leadership books proudly promote themselves as the antidote to previous thinking, Leading from the Lions' Den takes pride in drawing its wisdom from ideas that have been available for a very long time in the unchanging Word of God. Here, author Tom R. Harper expounds upon one surprising principle from each of the Bible's sixty-six books. Each concept goes toward explaining human nature, which, when understood, is the foundation of business success.
Among the lessons that will work for leaders regardless of culture, time, or place are: "Lead, Inspire and Motivate with Plain Facts" (Deuteronomy), "Defrag Your Organization by Discovering its Weak Forces" (1 Chronicles), "Fight Superior Force with Superior Character" (Nahum), "Purify Your PR by Avoiding the Spotlight" (Mark), "Help the Competition" (Romans), "Soak Your Shield Before Battle" (Ephesians), and "Obliterate Fear with a Single Weapon" (1 John).
Mientras que la mayoría de los libros sobre el liderazgo se promueven como el antídoto contra la manera de pensar del pasado, Lidera en el foso de los leones obtiene una inspiración radical en la sabiduría antigua de la Biblia. Aquí, el autor Tom R. Harper revela un sorprendente principio de cada uno de los sesenta y seis libros de la Escritura, a fin de observar más de cerca la naturaleza humana, la cual, cuando se comprende, es el fundamento de un liderazgo exitoso.
Entre las docenas de lecciones eternas se encuentran «Desfragmenta tu empresa mediante el descubrimiento de sus fuerzas débiles» (1 Crónicas), «Combate las fuerzas superiores con un carácter superior» (Nahum), «Ayuda a la competencia» (Romanos) y «Empapa tu escudo antes de la batalla» (Efesios)