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The Leadership Ellipse: Shaping How We Lead by Who We Are
Robert A. Fryling


9780830835386
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Format: Paperback, 220pp.
ISBN: 9780830835386
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Pub. Date: February, 8 2010

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Everyone in a position of responsibility knows the tension of leadership. It may be between tasks or people, money or mission, the present or the future. One often neglected tension is between our inner spiritual longings and the outward needs of the group we lead.

But we need not feel forced to choose between the two. Leadership has more in common with an ellipse with two focal points than a bull's-eye with a single target. The Leadership Ellipse is designed to help Christian leaders embrace both halves of the tension--our internal relationship with God and our external relationship with others--to find a truly authentic, integrated way to lead.

If you find yourself in a lonely, isolated place of leadership, this book can be your companion. If you find yourself longing to lead in a way that is truly Christian, this book can be your guide. And if you are simply exhausted, then this book can offer you a new way to find refreshment. There is life beyond the bull's-eye.


 
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Robert A. (Bob) Fryling is publisher of InterVarsity Press (Westmont, Illinois) and Vice President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Madison, Wisconsin). He writes, speaks and teaches in the areas of spiritual formation, leadership, Christian faith and culture. He lives in Illinois with his wife, Alice, an author and spiritual director. Together they have co-authored three books



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Foreword by Eugene Peterson11
 
Introduction15
 
Part 1 Shaping Our Inner World
1A Weaned Soul: The Practice of Sabbath25
2A Growing Strength: The Practice of Pruning43
3A Renewed Mind: The Practice of Humble Thought61
4A Dancing Heart: The Practice of Involvement79
 
Part 2 Shaping Our Outer World
5In a Frenzied World: The Perspective of Prayer99
6In a Lonely World: The Promise of Belonging117
7In a Fragmented World: The Pursuit of Shalom133
 
Part 3 Shaping Our Leadership
8As More Than a Grasshopper: The Practice of Wholeheartedness153
9As an Organizational Ecologist: The Practice of Attentiveness169
10As a Grateful Creature: The Practice of Clarity187
 
Epilogue205
Appendix: InterVarsity Press Purpose and Values Statement207
For Contemplation and Action209
Recommended Reading213
Acknowledgments215
Notes217



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