by Susan Field
All leaders aspire to influence and success. But what do these words mean? When the traditional definitions are considered alongside the portrait of the life of Jesus expressed in the Gospels, their meaning takes on a different tone.
Upside-Down Leadership: Rethinking Influence and Success can help you and the leaders and potential leaders around you begin to understand Jesus’ “upside-down” way of dealing with authority and power structures.
In addition, the book provides a gallery of more than 30 of the world’s leaders whose lives don’t/didn’t fit the mold. It is a challenging exercise for any book club, small group, or Bible study group to think through the differences between what the world values in leadership and what God values.
Note to group leaders (or unleaders): The book is meant to be a bit light-hearted, but has a serious core. When leading a group discussion, remember not to take yourself too seriously, but don’t forget that there is an important message here about looking beyond our contemporary culture to discover God’s timeless and unconventional leadership principles.