The Catalyst Leaderby Brad Lomenick was an incredible leadership book. I don’t know how else to qualify this book. If you are a leader, or hope to be a leader, this book is one you need to read this year.
In this book, Lomenick uncovers the 8 things leaders today must do to be who God created them to be. Even though this book is marketed as a book for younger leaders (and if you’re under 30 you should read this), it is for a leader of any age.
One of the things I’ve been chewing on is this
To get to the top and to be successful at the top requires two different skill sets.
In fact, after reading this book it made my goals for growth in 2014 obvious to me.
Here are a few highlights:
We must never compare our beginning to someone else’s ending.
When people lead well, they are more likely to finish well.
Ambition must be grounded in wisdom. Inspiration must be pursued with integrity. Dreams must be built with boundaries. And passions need the steady hand of principles to guide them.
The right thing said in the wrong way is the wrong thing.
Without knowledge of one’s calling, leading well is impossible.
Leaders who make the biggest impact also have the strongest sense of calling.
A great lesson about leadership: I’m best when I’m being me.
If we don’t learn to be content with who God has made us and called us to be, then we will never reach our potential as influencers.
We must grow comfortable with who we are before we can share that person with others.
God is more interested in the sanctity of his people than the success of our ministries.
The best leaders is that they have the ability to “make it happen” and get something over the finish line.
Part of being a disciplined leader is being ready.
The most influential platforms today revolve around sharing and generosity.
The time has come for you to be who God has called you to be, to live out His purpose for your life.
Never let your ambition force you to create a false self. As you lead, share the real you with others.
Root yourself in an untamable love for God. Seek Him first, and let Him handle the lesser things.
As you pursue this calling, make excellence a nonnegotiable. God deserves your best.
When the time comes to take a risk or make a difficult decision, push through the fear. He’ll sustain you.
Let your convictions and principles steady you. Hold fast to your integrity, discipline, and humility.
When stress runs high and difficulties arise, keep hoping. Remember that with God on your side, a better tomorrow is possible.
Build bridges, not walls, with those around you. There’s power in partnerships.
And finally, don’t believe the lie that you are the center of the universe. Seek out older leaders who can help grow you, encourage you, and guide you.
And then pour your life into others.
I’m watching the online conference Preach Better Sermons today and wanted to share some of the learnings I picked up. One of the speakers is Brad Lomenick. Brad is lead visionary and president of Catalyst, one of America’s largest movements of young Christian leaders. Brad is also author of the newly released book, The Catalyst Leader: Eight Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker, from Thomas Nelson. Prior to running Catalyst, Brad spent five years involved in the growth of the nationally acclaimed Life@Work magazine and was a management consultant with Cornerstone Group, where he worked with a variety of companies, organizations, and nonprofit enterprises.
Here are some things that jumped out from his segment:
A great communicator moves people and inspire people.
If you are moving someone, then you are inspiring someone.
A great communicator understands their audience.
20-something’s want to feel like they are part of something bigger. They aren’t attracted to personalities as much as visions.
Younger leaders need opportunities to achieve earlier in their career. The church planting movement is a testament to that.
If you can’t give younger leaders responsibility, they’ll leave the organization.
Jared Wilson on 10 reasons to under-program your church. Couldn’t agree more. It is hard to stay a simple church at Revolution, but totally worth it to help people grow and stay focused on our mission.