“The Conviction to Lead” by Albert Mohler purposes to fill the ‘gap’ in the plethora of resources that exist on leadership studies. Mohler concedes that there is an overabundance of information and teaching on leadership available, so it’s a bold conjecture that a gap exists, and an audacious claim when he says that he will fill it. “The problem,” according to Mohler, “is a lack of attention to what leaders believe and why this is central.” His goal is to “forge a new way,” and he goes on to assert that leadership and core beliefs must become inseparable. So, is this just another redundant book about leadership, or does Mohler achieve his purpose? I believe that he does. Evidence abounds for the dearth of true leadership in today’s society, despite education, information, and unprecedented opportunity. Mohler makes a great case for the necessity of passion arising from conviction as the starting point for any effective leader, he contrasts holding office or position with true leadership, and he gives stirring examples of true leadership and draws foundational principles from them. The book is full of practical advice -from what to read to how to speak- and goes a little overboard in some respects (does a true leader really need a smart phone, a laptop, a desktop PC, an ipad, a Kindle and a Nook?). Nonetheless, I wouldn’t hesitate to claim that “The Conviction to Lead” would be beneficial to those who are relatively new to a position of leadership and refreshing for those who have been there for awhile.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.