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Mistakes Leaders Make

Author: Dave Kraft
Publisher: Crossway
ISBN 9781433532498
Year of Publication 2012
Pages 120
Price$21.99 $23.09 with TAX
Anyone involved in leadership knows that it's tough and mistakes are bound to happen. But some mistakes are more costly than others and can result in the end of effectiveness, the loss of important relationships, and disqualification from ministry.
Using the story of a fictitious church team to demonstrate the problems, principles, and practice of finding solutions, leadership expert Dave Kraft uncovers the top 10 critical mistakes leaders make and shows you how to avoid them so you can have ministry and relationships that last.

Table of Contents

  1. Allowing ministry to replace Jesus
  2. Allowing comparing to replace contentment
  3. Allowing pride to replace humility
  4. Allowing pleasing people to replace pleasing God
  5. Allowing busyness to replace visioning
  6. Allowing financial frugality to replace fearless faith
  7. Allowing artificial harmony to replace difficult conflict
  8. Allowing perennially hurting people to replace potential hungry leaders
  9. Allowing information to replace transformation
  10. Allowing control to replace trust


"As I speak and consult with all types of  leaders around the world, I personally encounter these mistakes time and time again. The lessons in mistakes Leaders make are timeless, and this book should be required reading for every ministry leader. Keep it on your desk and read it at least once a year."

Patrick Lencioni, President, The Table Group; best-selling author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

" Far too often  among those with strong theological conviction the idea of 'leadership' is filed under the banner of pragmatism and discarded instead of studied. I am grateful for men like Dave Kraft who hold strong biblical beliefs and still are deeply tapped into the leadership principles that are both biblical and essential for those who have been called to lead and shepherd the people of God as undershepherds. You can make these mistakes yourself or you can learn from those who have made the mistakes and avoid spilling your own blood."

Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church; President, Acts 29 Network;author, The Explicit Gospel

"Dave Kraft has given leaders a wonderful checklist of key pitfalls that can sneak up on you and destroy your leadership. Go through each area carefully and evaluate which mistake could be a stumbling block for you. Then follow the action steps that can help you walk forward in the leadership that God has called you to. This is a valuable tool for leaders in churches and ministries."

Dennis Blevins, United States Director, Church Discipleship Ministry ( A Ministry of The Navigators), Professional Coach

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