Saturday, April 11, 2009

John Maxwell and Leadership

Every time we do a series by John Maxwell at church we see big change in people's lives. This last time, 3 adults from the group went back to collegeg to pursue their dreams of teaching.

The latest book by John Maxwell is called "Put your dream to the test". When I got the opportunity to read and review it, I jumped at it because I love his style and because he has a real gift for inspiring others to believe in themselves.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is "A dream is a compelling vision you see in your heart that's too big to accomplish without the help of others." Although Maxwell is also a speaker for organizations outside of the church, I think this pretty much sums up successful church leadership.
I am thankful to be married to a man who sees team leadership as essential to a successful ministry. I have been under lone ranger leaders and it is not an experience I would like to repeat.

There are a lot of reasons people never start pursuing their dreams, give up on their dreams, or never see their dreams come to pass. John covers all of those in his book. The 10 questions covered in this book to help you identify and reach your dreams are questions of: Ownership, Clarity, Reality, Passion, Pathway, People, Cost, Tenacity, Fulfillment and Significance.

“It’s one thing to have a dream. It’s another to do the things needed to achieve it,” says Maxwell. “If you’re willing to put your dream to the test – and do what’s needed to answer yes to the ten dream questions – then your odds are very good for seeing your dream become a reality.”

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