Clay Scroggins, the lead pastor at the North Point Community Church in the Atlanta, Georgia, suburb of Alpharetta, offers insight from a faith-based point of view into how to become a leader, even from a position without any particular rank. He explains how to cultivate influence in order to leverage authority, and teaches that building influence requires a broad perspective, willingness to serve and hard work. Scroggins presents practical strategies for nonleaders to become good followers, seize opportunities, and apply their knowledge and expertise to every problem so they may become leaders. In this bestseller aimed primarily at an American evangelical audience (other readers may also be intrigued by the pastor’s message of servant leadership or may struggle with his parochial, vernacular style), Scroggins expresses his belief that God has a plan for everyone. He preaches that God put the boss in place for a reason and that with faith and hope, hard workers can ascend to similar leadership positions. The essential ingredient for leadership, Scroggins maintains, is humility. Great leaders recognize that their job is to serve, not to be served.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to cultivate influence, the hallmark of a great leader;
- Why future leaders must have a strong identity, a positive attitude and must first be good followers; and
- How to resist passivity, embrace risk and challenge the status quo while maintaining respect and love for your superiors.
About the Author
Clay Scroggins is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church, the original and largest campus of North Point Ministries, the largest church in America. He holds a doctorate with an emphasis in online church from Dallas Theological Seminary.