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Handbook for Battered Leaders

by Janis Bragan Balda and Wesley D. Balda

Handbook for Battered Leaders
  • Formats: epub, pdf, and mobi
  • Published: November 21, 2012
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5994-8
  • Item Code: 5994

"Rarely do we face a situation of change or crisis where complicated layers of relationships and expectations are not contributing factors. Battered leaders may range from completely innocent victims to managers who have some (or much) culpability in creating their own pain."

Using Paul's second letter to the Corinthian church as a "classic management case study," Janis and Wes Balda identify the contributing factors to organizational conflict, particularly in ministry, and highlight solutions for a more healthy, constructive common commitment. Without excusing the contribution of leaders to a toxic environment, Handbook for Battered Leaders gives you the tools you need to faithfully and responsibly identify and address the toxicity in whatever culture you lead.

"This is a troubling book. It is troubling in part because it places the laser light of truth on one of the sore spots of the Christian organizations around us. It also challenges us to quit whining or adopting the convenient 'victim' attitudes that are easily at hand in our culture. The Baldas do not provide comprehensive solutions or simplistic ones. But they do make a valuable contribution to the conversations and the work that needs to be done if our organizations are going to honor the kingdom we seek to make a reality . . . on earth as it is in heaven."

Steven G. W. Moore, executive director, The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust

"The Baldas remind us with uncomfortable clarity that leadership is work--hard work. When it is done well the leader often bears the brunt of the fear and pain created by accountability and change. Painless leadership is an oxymoron. Why would anyone accept responsibility for leadership? As they suggest, only an intentional focus on mission and relationships offers the hope to embrace the battering. This book lifts up the cost and purpose of leadership within organizations."

Walter C. Wright Jr., senior fellow, Max De Pree Center for Leadership

"In these pages, the Baldas not only demonstrate their expert grasp of the scholarship on leadership, they also offer much biblical wisdom in addressing the wounds that come to all who are called to lead. An important book for leaders and followers alike!"

Richard Mouw, professor of Christian philosophy and president, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Candidly exploring the perils of leadership, Handbook for Battered Leaders brings the depth of Scripture, personal experience and business theory to offer hope and healing to new and experienced leaders."

Dr. Mimi Haddad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality, www.cbeinternational.org

"Janis and Wesley Balda have truly written a 'handbook' for battered leaders. Using the apostle Paul's leadership challenges enumerated in 2 Corinthians as a case study, the Baldas help us examine these experiences with a new lens and integrate the best of leadership and management literature to help leaders navigate the often rocky shoals of church and organizational leadership. The very practical 'Tool Box' at the end of each chapter is particularly helpful. It is a book that should be read by every leader!"

Dr. Sam Rima, executive pastor, Tenth Church, Vancouver, BC, and author of Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership

"Wes and Janis Balda provide a much-needed resource to help all of us who deal with toxic relationships and provide some remedies in a world that needs more grace and relational responsibility. If you deal with people, consider picking up Handbook for Battered Leaders."

David Olshine, YouthWorker Journal, September/October 2013

"Handbook for Battered Leaders gives you the tools you need to faithfully and responsibly identify and address the toxicity in whatever culture you lead."

Light Magazine Canada, July 2013

"These practical, easy-to-implement guidelines may help church leaders avoid being battered and possibly flattened by a knockout punch."

Jeff Friend, Worship Leader Magazine, June 2013


1. "If you haven't bled, you haven't led"
2. The Leadership Conundrum
3. "These people can't be led"
4. System Fatigue Syndrome
5. Is "Christian Organization" an Oxymoron?
6. The Management of Sin: The Meaningful Outside
8. Recovery Strategies: Relationship Responsibility
9. Recovery Strategies: Hope, Generosity Power
10. Letting God

Janis Bragan Balda

Janis Bragan Balda (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is professor of management, currently teaching at Fuller Seminary and UCLA Extension. She formerly taught at St.George's University in the Caribbean and George Fox University. Dr. Balda also established the Peter F. Drucker Society of the Caribbean at SGU while working as a principal at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership. As an attorney, she has practiced international law for thirty years and served as World Vision International's first in-house legal counsel, as well as set up the initial Drucker archives project with Peter Drucker.

BY Janis Bragan Balda

Wesley D. Balda

Wesley D. Balda (PhD, University of Cambridge) is president of the Simeon Institute, a nonprofit organization creating crisis management capacity in the U.S. and internationally since 1992, and has also led executive management and PhD programs at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, served as assistant dean for Portland programs at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business and as executive director of the Oregon Business Institute. He also worked as executive director of the Centre for Advancing International Management (AIM Centre) and as professor of management at St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies. He was the founding dean for George Fox University's School of Management.

BY Wesley D. Balda