Leadership Essentials: Shaping Vision, Multiplying Influence, Defining Character, By Greg Ogden and Daniel Meyer
Leadership Essentials
  • Length: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 7 × 10 in
  • Number of Studies: 12
  • Published: November 29, 2007
  • Imprint: IVP Bible Studies
  • Item Code: 1097
  • ISBN: 9780830810970

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Leadership is essential.

Maybe you've shied away from leadership because you don't know what it will involve, or you feel too unsure of your own abilities. But your leadership is needed! In every sector of society, from families to businesses to churches, leadership roles remain empty, waiting for people willing and able to step up and make wise decisions that bring positive change. And, in a world with priorities vastly different from Christ's, Christian leaders are especially needed to point people to him.

Preparation is essential.

As essential as the leadership itself is the preparation beforehand, which is why Greg Ogden, a seasoned leader himself, has created this interactive guide that will give you the tools you need to lead well, using your unique gifts and experience.

Divided into four sections, this workbook will help you develop character, postures, vision and skills as you participate in the following elements in each chapter:

  • a memory verse
  • a Bible study
  • a reading
  • a leadership exercise

By working through these multiple channels of learning you'll be equipped not just with head knowledge about leadership but with true character formation and awareness of your own abilities that will prepare you for the challenges and choices of leadership.

Designed to work well on your own, with a partner or with a group, Leadership Essentials by Greg Ogden and Daniel Meyer is the essential preparation tool for those who would be led and shaped by Christ to lead others with strength and wisdom.

"[A]n excellent book for a leadership team to work through together. Working through this book will help develop your own abilities and prepare you to mentor others in leadership."

Mark W. Cannister, YouthWorker Journal, July/August 2008


Introduction: The Art of Multiplying Influence

Part One: The Character of a Leader
1 Holy
Developing a vision of Christlike character
2 Habitual
Cultivating spiritual disciplines to sustain our leadership
3 Humble
Keeping watch over our souls

Part Two: The Posture of a Leader
4 Kneeling
Embracing servant love as our primary model
5 Teaming
Building teams to accomplish our corporate mission
6 Stewarding
Stewarding our gifts, passions and personality

Part Three: The Vision of a Leader
7 The Compelling Christ
Loving passionately the compelling Christ
8 Embracing the Kingdom
Engaging people in mission
9 Helping Others See
Lifting people out of lethargy and inertia

Part Four: The Shaping of a Leader
10 Taming Temptation
Facing the dangers of money, sex and power
11 Conquering Criticism
Handling criticism with humility and fortitude
12 Defeating Dragons
Addressing disappointment, frustration, anger and depression


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Greg Ogden

Greg Ogden is a speaker, teacher, and writer with over twenty-four years experience in pastoral ministry. He is the author of several church ministry and discipleship resources such as Discipleship Essentials, Transforming Discipleship, and The Essential Commandment.

Daniel Meyer

Daniel Meyer is a graduate of Yale University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Fuller Theological Seminary (DMin) and has served since 1997 as senior pastor of Christ Church of Oak Brook in Chicago's western suburbs. His weekly messages are broadcast on television, radio, and the Internet and are frequently featured on PreachingToday.com. Additionally, Dan serves as on-air host and chairman of LIFE FOCUS, a multiple Emmy Award-winning television newsmagazine aired on PBS and other stations nationwide. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Fuller Theological Seminary, the Deans Advisory Board of Midwestern University, and the Board of the Executives Breakfast Club of Oak Brook.