A Leader's Trojan Horse

April 23, 2014

"I've written a book. It's been years in the making. I struggled with promoting it in this post, mostly because it can come off like an advertisement, which in many ways it is, but decided to go ahead because of my burden for leaders. I consider leadership to be of paramount importance today. Especially in a culture fraught with integrity and trust issues. Not just from high-profile leaders, but from every spectrum of society and industry where leaders play prominent roles. This is also true of the church, where the failure of a leader can mark a church negatively for years. You may be wondering why its called The Trojan Horse of Leadership? Simply put, I use the Trojan War as a metaphor and illustration throughout the book. The horse that the Greeks constructed to gain entrance into the city of Troy and put an end to ten years of warring cleverly tapped into a characteristic of the Trojans. That same ploy utilized by the Greeks is still in play today. I've witnessed the potential for a ""Trojan Horse"" in the lives of countless leaders. My journey to writing this book came about from two main sources. First, from my years of teaching college and seminary students in preparation for ministry, and secondly, from my many interactions with leaders, both in the profit and non-profit worlds. I noticed a correlation when it came to failure in a leaders life. From the biblical sources, it struck me as odd that for the most part, whenever a biblical character failed, it was their strength, not their weakness that characterized the fall. For instance, look at Solomon, a man who was regarded as the wisest person at the time, yet he made many unwise decisions, to the degree that God judged him and the nation harshly. What would make a person of wisdom forgo that for something lesser? Or, could the wisdom itself, the very quality he was noted for, have blinded him into making unwise decisions? Those are the kinds of questions the book wrestles with. It investigates how our strengths can potentially self-sabotage us and lead to failure. Through the lives of Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Peter, and Paul, we gain insight into the potential we all have to derail ourselves and self-destruct. The structure of the book is one chapter looks at the life of a biblical character while the chapter that follows applies the lessons to our modern context. I wrote it as a tool to help safeguard the leadership gift we've been given. Also, if you're connected in any way to the present leadership trends the philosophy is all about building on your strengths and ignoring your weaknesses. From my assessment, and personal experience, an unguarded strength is a recipe for trouble. Very few writers are even tackling this particular topic. To be clear, the book is ultimately about trusting God with our leadership. If you take the time to read it you will see it throughout. I also hope you will benefit from the many practical applications given. As a pastor/teacher I've learned the importance of application so the book is very pragmatic in its approach. The book will hopefully be appearing on Amazon and Apple soon. I will announce actual release dates when confirmed.  The hard copy will follow. I hope you will take the time to read and interact with me on the book and its implications for leadership. Leadership is too important to squander or to take lightly. There is far too much at stake. Especially for those who are entrusted with leadership in the church of Jesus Christ. Would love to hear any comments you may have and thanks for giving me some of your time today.  "


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