Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-11-01
  • Publisher: Baker Pub Group

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The Christian world has been rocked by the number of prominent leaders, in both church and parachurch organizations, who have been compromised by moral, ethical, and theological failures. This pace-setting volume addresses this alarming problem and offers Christian leaders valuable guidance in dealing with the inherent risks of their work.Using biblical and current examples, the authors describe the characteristics of five types of leaders and the problems that are most likely to develop if their particular dysfunctions develop unrestrained. McIntosh and Rima offer a series of steps for leaders to consider so they can take control of their dark side and learn to harness its creative powers. This edition includes a new introduction, updated information throughout, a self-assessment tool, and other additional material. Includes endorsements from John Maxwell, Leighton Ford, Leith Anderson, and Rob Angel.

Author Biography

Gary L. McIntosh is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written several books, including Biblical Church Growth and Beyond the First Visit. Samuel D. Rima is director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Bethel Seminary, where he is also a faculty member in the Center for Transformational Leadership. He is the author of Leading from the Inside Out and Rethinking the Successful Church.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 17
Introduction to the Revised Editionp. 19
Understanding Our Dark Side
Blindsided by the Dark Sidep. 27
Danger on the Dark Sidep. 35
Company on the Dark Sidep. 49
Shedding Divine Light on the Dark Sidep. 57
How the Dark Side Developsp. 69
Seafood, Pictionary, and the Dark Sidep. 85
Paradoxes of the Dark Sidep. 93
Discovering Our Dark Side
The Compulsive Leaderp. 103
The Narcissistic Leaderp. 111
The Paranoid Leaderp. 119
The Codependent Leaderp. 127
The Passive-Aggressive Leaderp. 139
Redeeming Our Dark Side
Overcoming the Dark Sidep. 149
Spiritual Compostingp. 159
Step 1: Acknowledge Your Dark Sidep. 165
Step 2: Examine the Pastp. 173
Step 3: Resist the Poison of Expectationsp. 181
Step 4: Practice Progressive Self-Knowledgep. 199
Step 5: Understand Your Identity in Christp. 213
Postscriptp. 221
Personality Profilesp. 223
Accountability Group Covenantp. 225
Sample Personal Constitutionp. 227
Sample Performance Evaluationp. 233
Identifying Your Dark Sidep. 239
Notesp. 247
Suggested Reading List: For Further Study and Redemption of the Dark Sidep. 253
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