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Making of a Leader Revised & Updated

Author: Dr. J. Robert Clinton
Publisher: Navpress
ISBN: 9781612910758
Pages: 286
Year Printed:2012
Subtitle: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development
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You can be a great leader. Here's how.

Your job title, education, and training won't make you a great leader - only God can do that. But The Making of a Leader  can help you see where you are in the process and what steps you should take next. By studying the lives of hundreds of historical, biblical, and contemporary leaders, Dr. J. Robert Clinton has gained perspective on how leaders develop over a lifetime. With the six distinct stages he identifies, you will learn to:
  • Recognize and respond to God's providential shaping in your life
  • Determine where you are in the leadership development process
  • Identify others with leadership characteristics
  • Direct the development of future leaders
This revised and updated second edition includes several new appendices and expanded endnotes as well as an application section at the end of each chapter. The expanded endnotes connect to Dr. Clintion's ongoing research and his further written material on leader development that has occurred since the original book was published.


Introduction: Who Needs These Lessons Anyway?
  1. A Letter to Dan, the Intern
  2. The Basis for Lessons: The Big Picture
  3. Foundational Lessons: Inner-Life Growth Processes
  4. Second Lessons: Ministry Maturing Processes - Part I
  5. Second Lessons: Ministry Maturing Processes - Part II
  6. Ongoing Lessons: Guidance and Other Multi-Phase Processes
  7. The Deepening Lessons: Life Maturing Processes
  8. Integrating the Lessons of Life: Toward a Ministry Philosophy
  9. Accepting the Lessons of Life: The Leadership Challenge

Appendix A: Observations on Leadership Selection
Appendix B: Annotated List of Materials Dealing with Ministry Philosophy
Appendix C: Annotated List of Materials Dealing with Finishing Well
Appendix D: Three Papers On Finishing Well (Six Characteristics, Six Major Barriers, Five Enhancements)


The original publication of The Making of a Leader  profoundly reoriented and shaped the course of my ministry. This updated version makes Bobby Clinton's work in leadership development available to a new generation. The added appendices and extensive endnotes are a gold mine, as they bring the reader up to speed with the numerous advances and discoveries Bobby has made. - Frank D. Hankins, affiliate assistant professor of leadership, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary.

The Making of a Leader  has changed the lives of thousands of leaders. This updated new version is of even greater value for leaders, helping them to better run the race that is set before them. I highly recommend it. - Terry Walling, president, Leader Breakthru

A paradigm buster! A classic just got better! - Dr. Paul G. Leavenworth, executive director, The Convergence Group

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