Book review: The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership
“Extraordinary leadership requires everything: your heart for relational leadership, your soul for spiritual leadership, mind for managerial leadership and your strength for visionary leadership.” Jenni Catron unpacks The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadershipusing the greatest command of Jesus: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).
A tested and proven leader in her own rite, she shares stories of her journey from authority and position-centered leadership to other-centered, servant leadership. She insists that we can’t lead without our heart, mind, soul and strength in balance. Every leader must develop each of these areas if they want to be an extraordinary leader.
From the outset, Catron’s passion-fueled premise is “To lead others well, we must first lead ourselves better.” She then provides a leadership assessment in the four key leadership areas. She devotes a chapter to each of these dimensions and continually shows how all of them interrelate and support each other.
The author is very well read as evidenced by a generous helping of quotes and principles from some of the most well respected Christian leaders in the last forty years. Yet she pushes the envelope more in favor of the relational and character based leader, the person who puts people before the purpose or task.
She makes her case that “Leadership is a life of service” and that we should “pour into the lives of those you lead more than you expect them to serve you.” Again “Great leaders develop other leaders.”
This is not a book about leadership skills. This is about spiritual formation and character development out of which flows extraordinary leadership. Each chapter is chocked full of wisdom that challenges the reader to look deeper within as to how he or she is loving God totally with their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
For millennial leaders, The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadershipwill be a welcome source of wisdom and insight. For those of us who have been around longer, this book will challenge us to re-examine and re-align our own leadership approach with what we think we already know. For all, Jenni Catron calls for a genuine faith lived out of character and action that demonstrates extraordinary leadership.
Lang Montgomery has served for more than 28 years as pastor in various size churches. He preaches, teaches and coaches pastors and ministry leaders. He currently serves as a hospital chaplain in Newport News, VA. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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