Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader by Confronting Potential Failures
The Christian world has been rocked by the number of prominent leaders, in both church and parachurch organizations, who have been compromised by moral, ethical, and theological failures. This pace-setting volume addresses this alarming problem and offers Christian leaders valuable guidance in dealing with the inherent risks of their work. Using biblical and current examples, the authors describe the characteristics of five types of leaders and the problems that are most likely to develop if their particular dysfunctions develop unrestrained. McIntosh and Rima offer a series of steps for leaders to consider so they can take control of their dark side and learn to harness its creative powers. This edition includes a new introduction, updated information throughout, a self-assessment tool, and other additional material. Includes endorsements from John Maxwell, Leighton Ford, Leith Anderson, and Rob Angel.
Confronting Latent Failures While Becoming an Effective Leader
By Richard R. Blake - January 8, 2008
In this revised edition of "Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership" authors, Gary McIntosh and Samuel Rima reflect on what they have experienced and observed in Christian leadership during the ten years since the first edition was first published. Gary and Sam both share from the conflict in their own personal experiences which brought them to a place of recognizing their personal dysfunction and the importance of taking proactive steps in their journey of self discovery, healing and fulfillment..
Part one of the book helps the reader understand more fully what the dark side of personality is and how it develops. Part two deals with discovery of the dark side of leadership the reader may be dealing with personally. Part three discusses overcoming the dark side and offers a five-step plan for accomplishing this.
Additional chapters have been included to cover topics such as: The dangers of the dark side, and the process of spiritual composting. The appendix has... read more
An opportunity for leaders
By L. Macaria - May 23, 2008
McIntosh and Rima have provided an opportunity for every leader to discover their dark side - that hidden part of their personality that may explain their drive to lead.
They explain that our motivations may come from the desire to satisfy unmet needs and existential debts, and that significant experiences may cause us to have particularly strong drives that never seem to get satisfied. These strong drives may push us beyond outstanding leadership, to leadership failure that negatively affects others as well as ourselves if we do not recognize, harness, and transform our drives. It is a process of discovery, of bringing what is hidden into the light of awareness and understanding. Finally, we can overcome our dark side through God's grace and a new understanding of our identity and value that does not depend on performance and achievement, freeing and transforming our leadership.
A very worthwhile read, especially, if one takes the journey of self-discovery in... read more
By John - August 31, 2011
This is a very challenging and informative book for those who seek to be in leadership, especially Christian leadership. KNOW YOUR WEAKNESSES, AND DEAL WITH THEM HONESTLY AND APPROPRIATELY. It was required reading for a Christian Leadership class at the Bible college that I attend. It made me do a bit of self-examination and caused some introspection. That's what the purpose of the book is, to provoke thought. The purchase through Amazon.com was great as usual and the book was excellent. I enthusiastically recommend both.
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