Tempered Resilience

Tempered Resilience

How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change

by Tod Bolsinger

Tempered Resilience
  • Length: 240 pages
  • Published: November 10, 2020
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4164-6
  • Item Code: 4164
  • Case Quantity: 24

What type of leadership is needed in a moment that demands adaptive change?

Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains, is uniquely positioned to explore the qualities of adaptive leadership in contexts ranging from churches to nonprofit organizations. He deftly examines both the external challenges we face and the internal resistance that holds us back.

Bolsinger writes: "To temper describes the process of heating, holding, hammering, cooling, and reheating that adds stress to raw iron until it becomes a glistening knife blade or chisel tip." When reflection and relationships are combined into a life of deliberate practice, leaders become both stronger and more flexible. As a result, these resilient leaders are able to offer greater wisdom and skill to the organizations they serve.

Also available: Tempered Resilience Study Guide

"Tod Bolsinger eloquently compares the growth we experience through trials and the crucible of leadership experienced in the midst of organizational change. The strong pull of historical inertia too easily negates forward progress in far too many ministries. Tod's insightful understanding of leadership effectiveness skillfully delves into the core character traits necessary for a leader to prevail through both the rejection of and resistance to transformation. As a thoughtful, innovative leader, Tod's acumen makes Tempered Resilience a critical read for every leader seeking to navigate an organization through an ever-changing environment."

Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado, president and CEO of Compassion International

"In Tempered Resilience, Tod Bolsinger cuts to the core of why so many gifted leaders struggle in periods of transition and how leaders can position themselves to thrive amid the chaos of change. Full of scholarly analysis and personal anecdotes, this book will both encourage your soul and challenge you to embrace the extensive life transformation that accompanies leadership."

Linda A. Livingstone, president of Baylor University


Introduction: The Smith's Forge: Hewing the Mountain of Despair
1. The Crises of Leading Change: Failures of Nerve and Failures of Heart
2. Resilience: The Raw Material of a Tempered Leader
3. Working: Leaders Are Formed in the Leading
4. Heating: Strength Is Forged in Self-Reflection
5. Holding: Vulnerable Leadership Requires Relational Security
6. Hammering: Stress Makes a Leader
7. Hewing: Resilience Takes Practice
8. Tempering: Resilience Comes Through a Rhythm of Leading and Not Leading
Epilogue: Why Is This So Hard?

Tod Bolsinger

Tod Bolsinger (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a speaker, executive coach, former pastor, and author who serves as vice president and chief of leadership formation and associate professor of leadership formation at Fuller Theological Seminary. His books include the Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year in Pastoral Leadership, Canoeing the Mountains, and the Christianity Today Award of Merit recipient, It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian.

BY Tod Bolsinger