The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence  -     By: Bill Thrall, Bruce McNichol, Ken McElrath
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Performance may help you reach the top of the corporate ladder, but character determines your success as a leader. Rooted in godly values, three leadership experts show you how to develop the kind of selfless, honest, nurturing character that people respect and respond to. Discover how to become the leader others want to follow! 205 pages, hardcover from Jossey-Bass.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0787947660
ISBN-13: 9780787947668
Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network|Leadership Network

Author Bio

BILL THRALL A former church leader and staff elder, Bill Thrall serves as leadership mentor for Leadership Catalyst, Inc. (LCI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to igniting character development in current and emerging leaders. BRUCE MCNICOL brings international experience in coaching leaders and serves as LCI's president. KEN MCELRATH is director of marketing and product development of LCI.

Editorial Reviews

"The Ascent of a Leader is a beautifully honest, deeply caring, andpositively uplifting book. Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and KenMcElrath show us with their compelling stories and inspiringmessage how magic happens when leaders of character nurture anenvironment filled with grace. This book embraces you, and onceyou've read it you won't ever forget it. In a world filled with somuch cynicism and fear, this is one book that definitely will fillyour heart and soul with hope and joy." —Jim Kouzes,coauthor, The Leadership Challenge and Encouraging the Heart;chairman, Tom Peters Group/Learning Systems

"The Ascent of a Leader reiterates a truth that is timeless: "Noman is an island." Through well-chosen parables and real-lifeexamples, Thrall, McNicol, and McElrath offer valuable lessons ininterdependence and show us how to engender 'trust, creativity, andhope'--in ourselves and others." —Jon Kyl, U.S. Senator fromArizona

"The Ascent of a Leader fits in the fine lineage of Greenleaf'sServant Leadership and De Pree's Leadership Is an Art. A must-readfor leaders who know and leaders who wonder about a deeperfoundation and a higher pinnacle. Transcendent, transparent,andauthentic." —Daryl C. F. Wilson, general managermanufacturing, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc.

"Most leaders are familiar with and thrive on challenges andrisks. The Ascent of a Leader deals with the greatest risks any ofus can face: humility, transparency, and sacrifice. This book willchallenge you in unique ways and help you view your calling with anew perspective." —Jack Alexander, CEO, WorldTravelPartners

"Leadership is all about relationships. This book is a must-readfor those who want to lead in relationship building." —C.William Pollard, chairman, The ServiceMaster Company

"This inspiring book is essential reading for those who seek toearn the respect of the emerging generation who hunger for leaderswhose personal and professional lives are centered on character anddignity." —Dick Capen, former U.S. ambassador to Spain,chairman and publisher of The Miami Herald

"Climbing the ladder of success is a driving passion for many intoday's corporate America, but too often character is compromisedon the way up. The Ascent of a Leader helped me think through bothmotives and means to true success." —John Beckett, president,R. W. Beckett Corporation; author, Loving Monday: Succeeding inBusiness Without Selling Your Soul

"The Ascent of a Leader powerfully cuts through all areas oflife. I am confident these principles will profoundly enrich theleader's marriage, family, social, and corporate relationships."—Mike Singletary, NFL Hall of Fame

"The leadership journey that The Ascent of a Leader describes sowell is truly an extraordinary experience, although not for thefaint of heart. If we stay with the journey as the authors advisethough, it takes us beyond our own minds and imaginations andleaves us astounded by grace. I would recommend this book for anyleaders who are sincerely attracted to the challenge of letting Godtake them to places they've never been before." —JanetHagberg, director, Silent Witness National Initiative; author, RealPower and The Critical Journey

"This powerful and inspiring book points to vital steps that canhelp readers move from selfishness to selflessness, fromself-sufficiency to God-sufficiency. True leaders are spawned, theauthors write, by small groups of faithful people in whichparticipants can be healed and restored, and broken loose fromhuman bondage to do the real work of the world." —GeorgeGallup Jr., chairman, Gallup International Institute

"The Ascent of a Leader represents a ground-breaking blend ofthe technical and character aspects of leadership." —BillHybels, chairman, The Willow Creek Association

"Fresh, introspective, noble—this book contrasts theconventional leadership climb to sacred truth, mature living, andselfless achievement. The authors deftly describe what it means tolead by example and answer one of life's great questions, 'Why dopeople follow?'" —William Boyajian, president, GemologicalInstitute of America

"No matter what your leadership style, The Ascent of a Leaderwill make you reassess it. I hope that future leaders will adoptthe important creative suggestions and insights in this book. Amust-read for us all." —Wallace R. Hawley, founder, InterWestPartners; vice chairman, Center for Economic Policy Research,Stanford University

"A fascinating journey about personal relationships and theimportance of character, integrity, and faith, which prepares oneto step up the ladder in leadership." —Jerry Colangelo,president and chief executive officer, Phoenix Suns; managinggeneral partner, Arizona Diamondbacks

"This outstanding book of principles provides leaders withunusual how-to's and practical steps for developing character. TheAscent of a Leader is a remarkable look at how young leaders learnto serve others and how older leaders learn to reach theirdestiny." —Matthew Parker, president, Institute for BlackFamily Development

"Today we see so many visible and disappointing examples offallen and falling leaders ... in business, in government, insports, even in religion. The Ascent of a Leader provides importantinsights into the critical importance of character development(rather than just skill development) in helping you fulfill yourpotential as a positive leader." —Dale Gifford, chiefexecutive officer, Hewitt Associates

"A must-read for those wanting to make a difference in theirbusinesses, communities, and families. A perfect blend of wisdom,compassion, and practical experience!" —Jay Abraham, directorof sports, Franklin Covey

"This book is a profound and unique answer to the questions ofour tumultuous society ... uncompromising character developmentproduces profound influence and leadership ability." —NaomiRhode, past president, National Speakers Association and '97 CavettWinner

"This profound and timely book teaches us how to live well andto lead wisely. The Ascent of a Leader creatively shows us how tocenter our lives in unchanging principles that produce an enduringinfluence in all our relationships." —John R. Castle Jr.,executive vice president (retired), EDS

"No topic is more timely for our culture than to learn howcharacter and influence develop in relationships over a lifetime.The Ascent of a Leader shows us how to lay hold of it."—Larry Crabb, best-selling author, psychologist,distinguished scholar in residence

"A fresh-revolutionary-look at leadership. This book will notjust change your leadership style, it will change you and the livesyou touch." —Daniel Dominguez, CPA/partner, BDO Seidman,LLP

"Due to the current lack of spiritual leadership in our country,the message in these pages is deeply needed at this time across ourland. It clearly promotes a principle-based pathway of leadershipthat fosters hope, trust, reconciliation, and character."—John M. Perkins, founder, John M. Perkins Foundation forReconciliation and Development

"The Ascent of a Leader is truly a 'holy' book for anyone on theleadership path. As a young leader of a family business, this bookprovided a roadmap (or ladder!) for me on how to lead from valuesand integrity." —Louise Slater, chairman of the boardConsolidated Systems, Inc.

"Having spent several years on the staff at West Pointcontemplating the development of leaders of character, I find inThe Ascent of a Leader a powerfully insightful, honest, andencouraging model for practice by leaders who genuinely seek togrow in character and in the impact for good that such leadershipmakes possible." —Larry Donnithorne, author, The West PointWay of Leadership: From Fostering Principled Leadership toPracticing It

"Successful leadership is a spiritual journey. In theseinspiring pages, you will find a rare map for your soul, a map thatcan help you negotiate the thrills, risks, and lonely moments weall visit as leaders. You may also discover a yearning to sharethis map and journey with emerging leaders of the next generation."—Karen Brugler, manager, Health Care Consulting Practice,Ernst & Young, LLP

"This book, written from the experiences of three giftedleaders, gives practical suggestions of how one can climb thecharacter ladder, the ladder of self discovery, each of which drawsone to his or her true self." —Tom Phillips, president,International Students, Inc.

"We live at a time in history when there is a pronounced vacuumin leadership. Our need is for clear, inspiring, and above alltimeless teaching on the subject of leadership. The Ascent of aLeader powerfully provides us with all these and more."—Michael Card, best-selling composer, author, teacher

"As each chapter unfolded, I found myself desiring the next. Ifyou want to be prepared for a meaningful leadership opportunitywhen it arrives, then this book is for you." —Karsten LouisSolheim, executive vice president, Karsten ManufacturingCorporation

"The Ascent of a Leader addresses the two most importantquestions leaders-actually anyone-must answer if their lives andwork are to have meaning: Who are you? And who cares? Charactershapes cultures and culture nourishes character. Who you are makesa difference." —Walter C. Wright Jr., president, RegentCollege

"My job of training young managers for The Weather Channelduring its startup would have been much easier if this resource hadbeen available. It will also spark a renaissance for seniormanagers who may have forgotten how or why they climbed theladder." —Hugh Eaton, startup business manager, The WeatherChannel

"The Ascent of a Leader shows how character is a lifelongbuilding process between God and yourself that then translates intoleadership." —Karl Eller, chairman, Eller Media Company

"Superb, a must-read for everyone who would lead others withGod's help by developing extraordinary character." —Robert A.Fulton, chairman and chief executive officer, Web Industries,Inc.

"In this remarkable and helpful book, the authors carefully andclearly help us to understand that leaders are made, notnecessarily born. Anyone who aspires to leadership-young or old,male or female-will be helped immensely by this significantpublication." —Ted W. Engstrom, president emeritus, WorldVision

"Truth has a way of drawing us into a clearer sense of purposeand identity. This book gets beyond the cheap routes to "success"with engaging stories which highlight enduring principles ofleadership throughout the ages. A must read for all who desire tobring life and hope to others...and themselves." —Robert C.Andringa, president, Council for Christian Colleges &Universities

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 19, 2001
    John Van Valin
    In a church-age driven all too often by managerial and administrative techniques adapted from blatently secular models, this volume provides decades-long needed discussion of character and grace as priority elements of leadership. I highly recommend it to denominational as well as pastoral and lay leaders. We will certainly hear more from these authors in future years.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 4, 2000
    Tom Swank
    This is probably the best book I have read on leadership. It is much more consistent with biblical perspectives than most Christian leadership books. It should have been available 30 years ago. This is a must read for all pastors and Christian leaders!
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