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"This book will be one of the most, if not the most, pivotal leadership books you'll ever read." (Andy Stanley)

"If you're ready to lead right where you are, this book can show you how to start." (Dave Ramsey)

"Read this book! The marketplace is full of leadership messages, but this one is a stand out." (Louie Giglio)

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.

Charts and graphs included in the audiobook companion PDF download.

©2017 Clay Scroggins (P)2017 Zondervan

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Wasn't what I expected, but pleasantly surprised.

I purchase the book thinking it was another cold exploration of leadership in a business environment. In truth it is a collection of sermons on leadership. You get the feeling that the author is giving a lecture rather than reading from the book. And yes it is a sermon. He quotes scripture and uses Jesus as an example of leadership. But please do not let that dissuade you from buying this book. The message is fantastic. Something we all can use.
The only issue is some sound tech/editing errors that you won't even remember by the end of the book.

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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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  • Leeza_D
  • PHILADELPHIA, PA, US
  • 11-04-18

Challenging what leadership looks like

Honestly, what really helped me from this book is being able to understand that my identity is and never will be in a title. Everything comes from your influence and we need to understand what submission looks like in order to lead well. When you know who you are as a leader apart from any titles and authority, then you realize the very things that need to be worked on in order to grow. This book helped me see my leaders differently and really changed everything for the positive! This book is a must read for those that struggle with being a leader when they have don’t have a title, etc.

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Misnamed Book, Disappointing Content without Practicality

This book should really be named “Why to Lead When You’re Not in Charge.” Listening the first few chapters I kept waiting for the author to actually get to the meat. He spent the whole time persuading the reader why it is a good thing to take initiative to lead when not in charge, but the thing is, I believe most readers already agree it is a good thing and that’s why we picked up this book. We are looking to learn the “how.” Disappointingly, I completed the book and the author offered no practical tips on how to do that and really just spent the whole book’s length to explain the “why,” which is why I think the book was misnamed. If you don’t think it’s a good thing to lead, pick up this book. The author will fervently and passionately persuade you with all the benefits, but if you want to learn how to actually do it, this book offers no help in any practicality unfortunately.

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Enfused Christian lore and mysticism

The topic is interesting and there are a few gems to be found here. However, I wasn't prepared for this book to devolve into religious rhetoric. References to scripture, lord and savior stuff and a complete assumption the reader is christian. A couple hours in and it was to much for me. Should come with an asterisk* noting its Christian skew.

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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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Restart!

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?

No

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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Religious Based

The book is mainly religious based, which is fine, but I would not have chosen the book had I known. The preview nor the book details portrayed this to be the case, which I feel is very misleading.

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I wish I had this 14 years ago!!!

Oh how I wish I had this book fourteen years ago! Back then, the only thing available was Maxwell’s 360 degree leader. It was helpful. However, where it was strong, this book is stronger. And where it was weak, this book is strong.

If I had this book, I would have saved myself many blunders and better served people and the leaders I was under. I could have been faithfully serving with the influence I did have, instead of griping about the position I didn’t have.

Scroggins helpfully unpacks how to be faithful and fruitful when you’re not in charge. He does so with humor, relevant examples, and practical wisdom. Undergirding the whole book is a trust in God sovereignty and the posture is modeled after Jesus’ servant leadership.

I recommend this for all leaders and aspiring leader who are on the top, middle and just starting off.

Just finished it and will go through it again but this time, with other fellow leaders.

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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.

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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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  • Nick
  • 12-12-18

Amazing Narration + Amazing Content

One of the best books I’ve ever read on leadership. Loved how practical it was! And the narration by Clay was possibly the best I’ve ever heard on Audible! Will have to re-listen more than once to get everything out of it!

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  • Anonymous User
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American religious nonsense

The classical American religious bullshit. The author keeps talking about "hearing the voice of God". If you hear voices, you've got schizofrenia and you should look for mental help. Your disease doesn't teach me anything. Useless book

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