When Albert Mohler set out to write a book about leadership his goal was to change the way you think about leadership so that “it is inseparable from passionately held beliefs, and to motivate those who are deeply committed to truth to be ready for leadership.” This is exactly what he does in The Conviction to Lead: The 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters. If you are in any position of leadership, or desire to be a leader someday, then I highly recommend you read this book.
The book is broken into 25 short chapters with each one devoted to a principle of leadership. The first few talk about what what he means by convictional leadership and how it forms and expresses itself in a leader. For example, he says, “I believe that leadership is all about putting the right beliefs into action, and knowing, on the basis of convictions, what those right beliefs and actions are.” Even if you are not leading a “Christian” organization, if you are a Christian in leadership then your beliefs are motivated by Biblical truth and thinking. This leads the convictional leader to be a person of honesty and integrity. The next few chapters deal with how a convictional leader acts. Leaders are students of culture and understand worldviews. A leader is a reader, a writer, a communicator, and a decision maker. In the final few chapters Mohler makes the case that leadership takes time to develop and maintain. One of my favorite quotes that I’ve heard applied to Christian ministry but also applies to all leaders is that “we often overestimate what can be accomplished in a single year, but underestimate what can be accomplished in a decade.” In the end, the leader is about leaving a legacy, not a legacy of self, but a lasting impact of convictions.