4mat Review Reviewing Leadership Essay

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4MAT Book Review: Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders

Submitted to Dr. David Nemitz in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of

LEAD 510-D01

Biblical Foundations of Christian Leadership


Detria Thomas
November 30, 2015

In the book Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders, by Reggie McNeal it examines the need for strong spiritual Christian leaders in today’s society. McNeal looks at the good and bad characteristics of a leader in order to help leaders understand and develop the characteristics needed in one’s own life to be a good leader. McNeal states “we are desperate for great
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At the end of the day being a great spiritual leader encompasses many aspects of a person as a leader an in order to become a great leader and accomplish the “Great Commission” we must continue to develop ourselves as leaders in order to become the leader God intended us to be. McNeal states “greatness is earned. It is not a gift; it is a reward. It is not accidental; it is cultivated.”
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McNeal does a great job at giving his readers valuable information about what it takes to be an exceptional leader. It was In the chapter of self awareness that I was really surprised to find so much relevant information to me. I felt that I was good in the area of digging into who you are, family of origin, your blessing—or not, and your hidden addictions, compulsions, and many of the other section in this chapter. However, when I got to your boundaries – or lack of them, the darker side of being a leader, and destructive patterns of leadership I was shocked and relieved all at the same time because I didn’t realize how much these areas played a part in self awareness. I am glad I have read this book because it has really given me insight into my own husband and his ministry. For many years we would argue because he gave so much of himself and his time to ministry. It was so bad that he actually had nothing left for his family after working and doing

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