The Self-Aware Leader

Terry Linhart is a friend and mentor and teaching and consulting colleague. With a couple other friends, we’ve helped a school get more focused on spiritual formation. We’ve developed a couple of college courses. I’ve learned a lot from Terry.

The other day his new book, The Self-Aware Leader was released. The subtitle tells the story: “Discovering your blind spots to reach your ministry potential.”  His metaphor comes from driving: if we don’t figure out how to know what’s in our blind spot, we can end up in the ditch. Dealing with people injured in accidents as a chaplain, I really want to keep that from happening, in cars and in life.

The book is like a paperback seminar. Each chapter unpacks the concept and then gives some tools for self-assessment and growth. The topics are:

Seeing the race before us.
Seeing your self.
Seeing your past.
Seeing your temptations.
Seeing your emotions.
Seeing your pressures.
Seeing your conflicts.
Seeing your margins.

I had a chance to read the book in a late draft stage. After I got the final copy I started reading it again. I kept having to say, “How am I doing with that? How can clean that up? How can I be more effective with that?” It’s a tool that can keep sharpening our leadership.

Terry and April Diaz and Joan McLendon and I spent a day talking about each of the concepts in the book. For the next few weeks, Terry has these conversations on his podcast, 37 the podcast. I listened to the first one the other day while running. It kept me moving. I’d encourage you to listen, too.

I work in lots of ways to help people grow. If I didn’t point you toward this book, I wouldn’t be doing my job.



About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

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