Most leaders fail at the pinnacle of their influence, not because of a lack of leadership skills but rather due to character flaws. It’s character—not years of experience—that counts for lasting leadership impact.
Drawing from more than 30 years of discipling and mentoring emerging leaders, author Tom Yeakly has written this hands-on tool to equip current leaders, especially young leaders, to intentionally develop positive character traits for sustainable leadership influence.
Teaching, application exercises, and Bible study on 10 essential character qualities make this practical handbook a must-have for those involved in discipleship and mentoring. The fruit will be a new generation of kingdom leaders who lead with integrity, maturity, and wisdom.
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There are many books that focus on leadership skills but few that teach the important character qualities of successful leadership. Growing Kingdom Character is rooted in the Bible and is written by a man who practices what he has written. This book will be valuable for those currently in leadership and for those aspiring to a leadership role.
—Jerry Bridges, author and staff member, The Navigators
This book emphasizes that leadership is not a matter of ability but rather character. My prediction is that this book will be mightily used by all of us who want to leave a legacy of godly families and ministries.
—Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor, Moody Church, Chicago, IL
Few leaders finish well. Most leadership failure is rooted in character issues. Tom Yeakley recognizes that character is foundational to a leader’s development. Yeakley’s character taxonomy includes four foundational characteristics and six superstructural characteristics. Each of these 10 items are crucial to a leader’s development. Yeakley gives biblical applications and practical exercises to help leaders work on developing character. Leaders who heed Yeakley’s exhortations and go on to develop his 10 characteristics are well on their way to continuing well and perhaps finishing well. Chapter six on faith, which incites inspirational leadership, is worth the price of the whole book.
—J. Robert Clinton, senior professor of leadership, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
The ferocity of the spiritual battle and the changing leadership environment mandates that all successful leaders have a reflective, growing relationship with our Master. If leaders do not reflect on their own behavior in light of Scripture, they will succumb to the risks inherent with their positions of power and become another casualty in a war that has already claimed too many.
—David M. Church, director, Leadership and Ethics Program, Nazarene Bible College
Tom has been intentionally developing leaders his whole adult life; he models what he writes. His practical wisdom gets to the heart of developing people in the kingdom of God. This book is engaging, biblically based, and extremely helpful and relevant. I highly recommend it!
—Lindy Black, associate director of US field ministries, The Navigators
Tom Yeakley has written a practical and in-depth guide for young leaders eager to become more Christlike in their lives and in leadership. Every time we use this book in our training, we see God challenging people to invest in one of the most fundamental aspects of ministering to others: character growth.
—Laurence Koo, adjunct director of student ministry, The Navigators (Netherlands)
There are several outstanding books available on biblical leadership, but few authors focus on character development as the Master did. I have been challenged and encouraged by this excellent study on godly character. This is what spiritual leaders need today.
—Terje Tonäs Konradsen, chairman, YWAM Northern Europe
‘Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be’ (Psalm 12:1). The psalmist’s cry is still true today. The leadership gap in our churches, families, and communities is not getting smaller; on the contrary, it’s growing! Tom Yeakley nails it when he calls for godly character that flows from an integrated heart. In Growing Kingdom Character, he presents practical insight and help that deserves our attention.
—Bryan Brown, director of leadership development, Perimeter Church, Atlanta, GA