God can use your unique gifts, passions and personality to become a better leader. While personality inventories can help you understand your temperament, the model designed by leading church planter David Olson is designed to form fruitful Christian leadership. Olson's model reveals how three factorsspirituality, chemistry and strategywork together. The free online inventory that is a companion to this book takes just five minutes to complete, and the resulting report appears instantaneously. When you take the inventory, you will also discover your leadership style. The six styles that shape our ministry are
- The Sacred Leader
- The Relational Leader
- The Inspirational Leader
- The Building Leader
- The Mission Leader
- The Imaginative Leader
The thirty short chapters of this book are ideal for individual reflection with questions for individual discovery and bonus online activities. The book also includes all the tools you need to take your ministry team through this assessment. They will lead you deeper into this robust model for Christian leadership.
David T. Olson is a religious researcher, church planting leader and leadership coach. For the past twenty years, he has served in leadership for church growth and evangelism in the Evangelical Covenant Church. Dave is also the director of the American Church Research Project. His previous book was (Zondervan). Dave and his wife, Shelly, live in Minneapolis.
The starting point for every person, leader, coach, parent, church or business seeking to make an impact is to ask two questions: Who has God wired me to be, and what has God gifted me to do? Drawing from thirty years of coaching leaders (including me!), Dave Olson has put together the most helpful tool for discovering how to lead with your strengths. This book should be read by every leader. Not only will they be more effective, they will also have a lot more fun!
pastor of Bayside Church, Sacramento, California
In an age where style is too often championed over substance, Dave Olson is one of a few proven leaders who can be trusted time and again for credible insight and experiential wisdom. In Discovering Your Leadership Style, he delivers the fundamental goods of effective leadership beyond pithy statements, favorited tweets and untested boasts. Biblically sound, practical and engaging, this book will help you and your team get beyond mere talent to Christ-centered competency as you lead others for him.
Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas
Discovering Your Leadership Style is one of the most helpful books on leadership that I have come across. Using a new and innovative model, Dave provides Christian leaders with a practical and easy-to-use method for developing into better and stronger leaders, as well as helping their staff and lay leaders do the same. I highly recommend this book.
CEO of the Exponential Conference
As the leader of a college, I have been seeking a tool to help us identify exactly what Discovering Your Leadership Style has identified: how best to understand and use our leadership giftings and styles. This book is the catalyst for us to meet as staff and faculty to strengthen and deepen our team by understanding how each of us is gifted by God to lead. This new book will be helpful to every leader who works in parachurch ministries.
president, Alaska Christian College
Dave Olson has demonstrated leadership on many different levels and places in the church. . . . As a personal beneficiary of many of the principles outlined in this book, I highly recommend it for the ongoing development of pastors and church leaders.
North Park Theological Seminary
David Olson has given the church and its leaders a gift. With a method that is easily understandable, and yet quite profound, leaders are given new lenses to understand their ministry style. These new perspectives not only enable leaders to better serve the church but also to take concrete steps, in concert with the Spirit, to refine their ministry stance. I highly recommend this book for leaders and leadership teams. The insights gained and acted on will further the work of Christ in the world.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Discovering Your Leadership Style is one of the most important books written. The contents are stunning, life changing. I know because I have witnessed it firsthand. I have seen the powerful impact it has on people who work through its contents. If you wish to understand yourself, others around you and the future of the church, absorb the contents of this remarkable book.
-Michael O. Emerson,
Rice University and author of Divided by Faith
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