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In How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge, author and pastor Clay Scroggins explains what is needed to be a great leader—even when you answer to someone else. Drawing from biblical principles and his experience as a megachurch pastor, Clay will help you nurture your vision and cultivate influence, even when you lack authority in your organization. Every leader, young or old, resonates with the dead-end feeling of not being in charge. Too often the lack of authority paralyzes leaders, leaving them believing they must wait to be in charge until they can lead. One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. Great leaders don't buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority to lead. Because every road of leadership forks at the intersection of authority and influence, learning to cultivate influence without authority is foundational to navigating culture today.

©2017 Clay Scroggins (P)2017 Zondervan

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A Voice Worth Hearing

I am not Christian. By any means. I grew up protestant, but that ended quickly--like age 7. I don't believe in organized religion by any stretch of the imagination, but I do believe in spirituality.

I also have read/listened to an ungodly amount of self-dev books.

Those two things being said, this is a great book. It is very Christian, and Mr. Scroggins--who is some kind of pastor at a huge church in Georgia, IIRC--quotes the bible persistently and at length.

Normally when I hear this kind of stuff you've lost me. I'm done. But Scroggins imbues his message with more than enough practical and secular advice that it's easy enough to side-step the Christian message here.

For me, what worked, was simply acknowledging his Christian beliefs as a way of making sense of certain management principles, and it worked for me to listen to the Christian parables without feeling the need to convert back to the religion.

The actual meat of this book is in Scroggins impressive understanding of the attitudes and practices one needs to effect change from any position within an organizational hierarchy. He knows his stuff, and believe it or not, a megachurch is a great example of an organizational hierarchy. It is one that is built, perhaps even more so than a corporation or business, on the strength of community and social connection--so it serves its purpose as an accurate backdrop for professional development.

If you are Christian and looking to make more of a difference from within the organizations that you are a part of, this is a must buy.

If you are secular or of another spiritual persuasion, and looking to learn how to best leverage your influence even when you lack the specific title to seemingly do so directly, this is still a wise purchase. Just don't let the Christian themes overburden you.

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Good message but REALLY preachy

I appreciated the message of this book, but I couldn't stick with it long enough to get any technique ideas for the apparent point of the book. That is because a few chapters in he starts to go deep into preaching fundamentalist religious views. Unfortunate. By the way I am Christian.

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What did you love best about How to Lead When You're Not in Charge?

It was easily listenable. It is from a Christian perspective but not overwhelming nor were there opinions forced on you. Scroggins life is in ministry and he does a great job on giving his perspective on leadership which is a Christian perspective. It is non offensive for a non Christian,--no fire and brimstone preaching, --it is a holistic look at work. Leadership books don't necessarily include the spiritual aspect of work. The perspective is founded in purpose and developing oneself to 100%. Where do you belong? I felt the book speaks to those who are younger who might not know how to behave or take action. It also speaks to those who are possibly stagnant in their career. It is a helpful guide to a jump start and look for a perspective shift.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Lead When You're Not in Charge?

I think in certain parts he deals with acceptance of the situation that is not going anywhere. Aims at diplomacy. Self evaluation and owning your part.

Have you listened to any of Clay Scroggins and Gabe Wicks ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed

Any additional comments?

It would be nice to hear how he deals with extreme and very difficult situations. Like glass ceilings or discrimination gender bias. Not looking at very difficult issues did not take away from the book at all, it was just not in the scope of the book.

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Great book

Not your typical leadership book and that's what I loved about it. Clay gives us examples of how to lead everyday regardless of title.

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Must read - no excuses - you are in charge of you

One of the more engaging leadership books I've read in a while. It is relevant from a popular culture perspective, and puts a fresh spin on familiar concepts and truths that are taught by other leadership greats like Jim Collins and Peter Drucker. Clay breaks down some simple, yet not simplistic, concepts in practical ways. No one with authority is completely in charge all the time everywhere - CEOs answer to boards, owners answer to stakeholders, managers answer to VPs, etc - so everyone, from the individual contributor all the way up to the CEO/Owner can learn something from this book. If you are a "personal growth junkie" or aspiring owner/manager/leader, this is a must read!

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Excellent!

This book gave me new insight into how to love Jesus and be productive while not being the boss! Excellent read!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic & inspiring

Clay gets it! He has walked the walk! Great book! A must read for everyone!

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To religious

This book was OK I enjoy most of it but it got a little too religious for me.

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Great!!

I loved this book! The entire experience was great. Learned a lot about myself, and Clay was hilarious.

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That's ok

There are some good ideas, but most of it is for really new people to this field.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-17

average

gave up on it after the second chapter. it's a Bible basher book so wasn't too relevant to what I was looking for

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  • Luca Versiglia
  • 11-22-17

misguiding

beginning reading this book I found the concepts explained were absolutely great. the content however was explained in a catholic key that tries to convince you to read the bible and the old testament, in all honesty as an atheist i havnt appreciated this as it wasnt mentioned in the title which becomes misleading compared to the actual content.