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I would highly recommend picking this up.
May 9, 2013
Brad Lomenick writes about leadership, the next generation, creativity, innovation, social media, teamwork, personal growth, generational issues, execution, and a few other topics. He is also runs the show at Catalyst Conferences and his first car was a 1980 Monte Carlo.
His new book, The Catalyst Leader shares eight essentials for becoming a "change maker." This book is chock full of Brad's years of wisdom that he has gleaned from his own adventures and from his friendships with other leaders like Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Francis Chan, Tony Dungy, Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Marcus Buckingham, Dave Ramsey, Bill Hybels and many others.
Ok, so maybe you've never heard of Brad Lomenick, but you've heard of all of those other guys, right? Well, let me tell you - Catalyst is one of the most influential leadership movements in the country. Catalyst began in 1999 and since then it has helped train hundreds of thousands of leaders young and old. Today, Catalyst has nine yearly conferences that bring in over thirty thousand leaders.
Are you in leadership? Lomenick has a passion to inspire you, equip you and give you practical leadership help. This new book "The Catalyst Leader" will help you leverage your influence to better the world, bring out the best in others and ultimately bring glory to God. So yes, it's a "Christian book" but it's not some heavy theological tome. This is still a die-hard, work-horse, right in the trenches leadership book and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the gems inside.
Especially if you're young, or just starting out in leadership, I would highly recommend picking this up.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing a review copy for a fair and unbiased review.
Nothing summarizes Brad's credibility to write a book on leadership more accurately than his opening sentence: "I'm passionate about raising up great leaders around the globe, and I've devoted much of my life to convening, equipping, and developing people of all ages and stages in life who want to grow in their leadership abilities."
Brad's been in the workshop, molding and massaging the concept of leadership for years. And his book, The Catalyst Leader, reflects his understanding of what it means to step up and direct people toward a common goal.
The Catalyst Leader is a handbook for aspiring conductors, directors, and CEOs. It will not teach you how to run your business, but it will outline the type of person it takes to succeed in any arena - the type of person you need to be. "Authentic, Passionate, Capable, Courageous, Principled, Hopeful, and Collaborative." As Michael Hyatt said recently, "to get the most out of The Catalyst Leader...approach it as a mirror." I agree with Mike, it's "a great self-evaluation tool."
A word of caution. I don't want to mislead anyone. I don't agree with everything in this book. I disagree with one chapter 1. Chapter 1 is all about "calling" both in the spiritual and vocational senses of the term.
Here's where I think the problem is: I think we have mixed understanding our strengths and abilities with discovering purpose. As Christians we all have the same purpose, "to do what pleases God." (Phil 2:13) Period. End of story. Calling and purpose are not about a specific job, they are about a way of life. When we mix our pursuit of the things we're good at - our strengths and abilities - with our desire to live a meaningful life, we end up robbing our purpose of its glory and power. The idea that a calling is a job is so limiting. A job can be part of your calling, but your calling should determine the way you interact with your kids just as much as the way you interact with your customers.
I'm all about using our gifts and abilities, and working within our strengths - but I sharply disagree that there's a specific vocational calling that if we miss, we miss out on life. Brad says, "life is too short to miss either one [two callings in life]." I think that is the exact sentiment that haunts graduating seniors in college, and the guy with a midlife crisis in his 40's or 50's.
But I don't want to focus only on "calling" in this review, because so much of what Brad teaches is helpful. Specifically, Chapter 2 - Authentic which may be the most important chapter in this book. Brad says, "I'm best when I'm being me." This is such an important character quality for leaders. Unfortunately, a lot of Christian leaders sound the same and regurgitate the same information. You can watch Twitter and see the same idea represented by 100 different people, and they aren't re-tweeting. Christianity has created a culture of recycling because many leaders are scared to be unique. Genuine. Authentic. Brad confesses, "I've often been tempted to pretend I'm someone else." And his honesty leads him to the conclusion that, "If we don't learn to be content with who God has made us...to be, then we will never reach our full potential as influencers." Amen. Authenticity is the key to leadership.
So if you're an aspiring leader, pick up this book and read it. Use it as a mirror. Use it as a handbook to become the best leader you can be. The Catalyst Leader is an excellent book on leadership.
If you LEAD, you need to know about a new book that was released last week_the Catalyst Leader
The Catalyst Leader (purchase here) authored by Brad Lomenick is a game changing leadership book. Brad has more than 20 years of leadership experience. For the last 10 years his experience as the president and lead visionary of Catalyst has leveraged the Kingdom in and through so many.
In this new work Brad maps out 8 essentials for becoming a change maker. Ultimately identifying the essentials of a Catalyst Leader needed for leading well, and leading now.
I'll give you a quick overview/tease of what those 8 essentials are:
Calling: discover God's unique calling on your life
Authenticity: embrace your true identity and share it with others
Passion: develop an insatiable hunger for a vibrant relationship with God
Capable: chase after a level of excellence that will stretch you and astonish others
Courageous: learn to push through fear and take risks
Principled: root yourself in unchanging principles rather than shifting circumstances
Hopeful: create and cast a compelling vision for the future
Collaborative: build bridges with others for the purpose of learning and cooperating
I love that Brad starts with the idea of "calling" and think his definition is dead on.
What is Calling? "God's personal invitation for me to work on His agenda, using the talents I've been given in ways that are eternally significant."
I've listened and read Brad for years. If you don't know him, this podcast about the new book is a great introduction to his heart and passion to equip leaders. If you didn't know, the organization he leads, Catalyst is a experiential and creative leadership movement that has been going on for now almost 14 years. They offer several conferences around the country annually and from my perspective the are one of the best organizations today that is challenging the local church to think outside of the box. The Catalyst Leader blog is worth the follow too.
I can tell you that for Catalyst, leadership development is at the heart of what they do, and so this book is simply a leadership manifesto based on stories - from Brad's personal leadership to his interaction with the incredible men and women who have been part of Catalyst over the years and finally the result of many interactions with those on the front lines of leading churches and non-profits.
The true reality is that all of us want to be a great leader, but many times we're not sure how to build in the essentials in a way that will deliver the most impact in our own leadership, and in the teams and organizations we lead. This book will help you do just that.
You may be recognized as a leader, but that doesn't mean you are influencing well and truly making a difference. This book will help shape and direct your abilities and capacity.
There are no shortage of leadership books, but The Catalyst Leader is head and shoulders above the rest.
Mr. Catalyst himself, Brad Lomenick, shares wisdom from his lifelong journey as a change maker. His transparent leadership style shines through on every page. Brad's desire to influence and equip leaders in unparalleled.
Everyone who wants to rise to the next level and secure their legacy as a change maker, a true catalyst leader, this book is a must read.
While not a household name, Brad Lomenick is an influencer of influencers.
In 'The Catalyst Leader,' Brad takes you behind the curtain of Catalyst, the leadership movement he leads, and into his own life, revealing personal failures and insecurities. He is also a great connector. In each chapter Brad introduces you to change makers he personally admires and knows, many of whom, if you follow them, will continue to inspire you long after you've finished the book. As a gifted question asker, Brad holds up a mirror for you to reflect on your own leadership journey and I was personally floored by what I saw.
Having listened to all 200+ Catalyst podcasts to date and having met Brad in person at Catalyst events, I was already a Lomenick fan. 'The Catalyst Leader' only deepened my respect for him. The "Brad" on the pages is the same man you'll meet in person.
'The Catalyst Leader' is one of the top leadership books I've read and I only wish that it had existed when I was 18 years old.
If you feel passionate to lead and don't feel like you've arrived yet, don't hesitate to buy this book and get a few copies for those you want to pour into.