Recently, I read Jenni Catron’s new book “The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership”. I have followed Jenni for a while on various social media platforms and when I heard she had a new book coming out, I knew I wanted to read it.
About the Book
You have the capacity to become an extraordinary leader – if you are willing to embrace a deeper definition of leadership and take action to apply it.
In “The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership”, Jenni Catron, executive church leader and author of “Clout”, reveals the secrets to standout leadership found in the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Weaving a winsome narrative filled with inspiring real-life stories, hard-won wisdom, and practical applications, Catron unpacks four essential aspects of growing more influential: your heart for relational leadership, your soul for spiritual leadership, your mind for managerial leadership, and your strength for visionary leadership.
16 of My Favorite Takeaways
There were so many great nuggets to take away from this book that have given me a lot to process in the weeks moving forward. However, I thought I’d share 16 of my favorite quotes that I hope will help you (and me!) be an extraordinary leader in 2016.
Extraordinary leaders are faithfully leading in their places of influence, whether high-profile or in seeming obscurity, but with such depth of purpose and sincere intentionality that has significant effects on those they lead.
As leaders, we need to passionately protect momentum. Leadership expert John Maxwell expresses it this way: “As a leader, your responsibility is to understand momentum, to get it moving for your organization, and to sustain it over time.”
Extraordinary leadership takes courage, intuition, discernment, and prayer. It takes energy, patience, hope, and determination. Extraordinary leaders step up to help make decisions and to guide the way, especially when circumstances are complex.
Here are a few tough truths that we need to understand about self-leadership: No one cares more about your personal development than you do. No one is responsible for your leadership development. You can’t wait for someone else to lead you. No one owes you leadership.
Leadership, by definition, involves working with others. The independent spirit that got you to the leadership seat can also be an avenue to derailment if you are not aware of your tendency to leave others behind.
Actions speak louder than intentions. Our leadership will be evaluated by what we do, not what we intend.
Self-leadership is the hard work behind the scenes that prepares you for great leadership.
Connecting is one of the most important tasks of leadership. In order to lead others to new ideas, to goals, and to action, we must first be able to connect with them.
Wisdom may very well be the most important trait we should seek to develop as leaders.
Everything we do in our organization is either keeping alignment with the vision or it’s derailing the vision. There is no neutral.
Find out more about this great book here!
Did you read “The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership”? What was one thing you took away from it?