Beyond Tyranny & Narcissism: Jesus Incarnates Leadership; Why do we fail to follow
Why can’t people just do what Jesus would do? Why do so many leaders in America exhibit unfettered desire for power and adulation; tyranny, and narcissism? And what can be done about it?
Williams and McKibben define the problem as abuse of power, and they have an idea for another way. Not just an idea: a guidebook. These authors ardently believe that leaders must understand not only that happiness cannot be bought and that consumerism poisons the soul, but that change demands programs and people, not just talk.”
For this, the authors turn to historic Christianity: “A great undiscovered wealth and traditional teachings of the Christian Church is found in Eastern Christianity.” The faith and practice formulated during the first millennia of Christianity is distinct in orientation from Western Christianity. Fascinating detail.
This book is a toolkit: Chapter headings map the terrain: “What is Leadership, Why Does it Matter?” “Historic Christian Leadership: Not Inborn but Developed,” and “Leadership and Organizational Stewardship.” There is also a valuable glossary that includes new ways to define leadership, management, stewardship, and empowerment. Finally, eighteen illustrations, flow charts, and other diagrams help communicate their concepts. The book’s organization assists the reader as the authors connect standard leadership advice (i.e., the need for clear vision statements, to their Christ-centered leadership model (how is God’s vision of the Kingdom imbued in your leadership?).
Benjamin Williams has a Masters in Theology and has many years of experience in Christian ministry and works as Director for Strategic Accounts for Welch Allen. Michael McKibben has served in various Christian leadership roles and has written other practical guides for Christian leaders.
This book is thoroughly researched and well organized in presentation. However, it is not an easy book to read. Readers can expect to be challenged as the authors present both details of theology and the complex mechanics required to enact and embody effective leadership. The nexus between theology and leadership is truly well drawn, so the reader who applies the effort will not be disappointed. For those who genuinely want to change their style and believe that Christ is the model, this book provides the chance to reap significant leadership transformation.
Benjamin Williams & Michael McKibben