What is extraordinary leadership and what difference can it make? In a society full of the tension of extreme changes how do we prepare the next generation to not only soar, but also to lead? As a mom of teenagers I am asking these questions and more. It is our desire (my husband and I) to not only raise up children who are whole and able, but also people who will be able to take their place in society, with extraordinary skills in walking along others and also leading others to a bright and wholesome future.
What is extraordinary leadership? There are likely many definitions that I could place here, but what I believe simply is this. Extraordinary leadership is leading others wholeheartedly, pursuing the good of others, and the glory of God. To do this takes heart, mind, soul, and strength. Much like we are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, to love and lead others it takes the same.
The heart of a person is her truest part. It is who she truly is emotionally, how she connects with others. It is with the heart that she sees others as, people, fellow humans with each with a heart, mind, soul, personal strength and weakness. Through the heart is where the emotional connections occur and people grow in healthy respect for one another.
It is from the soul that the dimension of spiritual leadership emerges. It is from there that we learn and long to love God. It is from soul that morality, integrity, humility and servant hood emerges. This strongly influences the direction that a leader will go, strongly affecting the culture.
The mind is a beautiful thing. Here is where the intellect, the ability to take in information, process it and use it takes place. Thinking allows us to plan, strategize, and adjust course when necessary.
Strength shows up in the physical form, character and the power of vision. We need people strong in character and in vision to see the direction to go, and the courage found in strength of character to go there.
The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership by Jenni Catron has been a long slow read. As I am spending a lot of time thinking about what our teen daughters still need us to show them, the material in this book has been added food for thought and also the producer of more gratitude in my heart. We are in a tremendous place with many people pouring in our children’s lives and many resources to partner with us in direction and strengthening them for the life ahead. It is a blessing to be affirmed and supported on this path of raising up members of the next generation.
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You have the capacity to become an extraordinary leader—if you are willing to embrace a deeper definition of leadership and take action to apply it.
In The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, Jenni Catron, executive church leader and author of Clout, reveals the secrets to standout leadership found in the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Weaving a winsome narrative filled with inspiring real-life stories, hard-won wisdom, and practical applications, Catron unpacks four essential aspects of growing more influential: your heart for relational leadership, your soul for spiritual leadership, your mind for managerial leadership, and your strength for visionary leadership.
Leadership isn’t easy, but it is possible to move from ordinary to extraordinary. Jenni Catron shows the way.
About the Author
Jenni Catron is part of the central leadership team at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. She served for nine years as the executive director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where she led the staff and oversaw the ministry of its five campuses. Prior to joining Cross Point, she worked as an Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry for nine years. She lives in Menlo Park, California.
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