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Leading from the Inside Out: The Art of Self-Leadership

, 2000
ISBN: 9781441256522

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Too many stories have been told of successful leaders who fail in their private lives and consequently neutralize their vocational achievements. Leadership expert Sam Rima believes the time has come for leaders to exercise the same skill and degree of leadership in their personal lives as they do in their organizations.

Despite strong advances in organizational leadership, a key growth area is still lacking for many: self-leadership. Addressing this evident need, Rima offers practical implementation of essential leadership principles and discusses the emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual aspects of self-leadership.

Pastors, church leaders, and all Christians who serve in positions of leadership or authority will benefit from Rima’s insights. Leading from the Inside Out is also a useful tool for leadership classes, as well as church boards and denominational leaders who want to help those they oversee prevent personal failures. The book includes a study guide and a Self-Leadership Workshop at the end of each chapter.

Perfect for students, pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike, the Logos edition of this volume is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your favorite Bible translation, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.

Resource Experts
  • Discusses self-leadership and the importance of personal and professional leadership skills
  • Offers practical ways to apply leadership principles to personal lives
  • Examines spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects of leadership
  • Part 1: Foundations for Self-Leadership
    • Why Self-Leadership?
    • Articulating and Embracing Your Life’s Values
    • Connecting with Your Life’s Calling
    • Laying Out Your Life’s Goals
    • Measuring Your Life’s Motivation
    • Personal Constitution
  • Part 2: The Venues of Self-Leadership
    • Spiritual Self-Leadership: Personal Soul Care
    • Physical Self-Leadership: Personal Resource Management
    • Emotional Self-Leadership: Mastering Our Moods
    • Intellectual Self-Leadership: Personal Lifelong Learning
    • Self-Leadership Action Plan

Top Highlights

“Personal character can be defined as the integration of an individual’s personal beliefs, values, and morals, which, taken as a whole, reveal the true nature or character of that individual. It is a leader’s personal character, then, that determines how he will react to certain situations and determines the priorities that will inform that leader’s decisions. A well-integrated person is one for whom there is noticeable continuity between her privately held values and beliefs and her public behavior.” (Page 36)

“The foundation of all effective, healthy leadership must be the leader’s personal character.” (Page 25)

“Our Calling is to be reflectors of the wonderful light of God so that it will illumine the path of others and guide them to hear, understand, and respond to the Calling that God may be issuing to them as well.” (Page 58)

“I suggest at least five genres that should create the foundation of our reading: biography (memoir), current affairs, professional development, Christian classics, and contemporary Christian works.” (Page 213)

“Aristotle postulated that the only way one can judge the character of another is on the basis of his or her behavior.” (Page 36)

In this new book, Leading from the Inside Out, Rima takes us to the inner foundations essential for enduring leadership that is able both to withstand attacks from without and to maintain the integrity and equilibrium of the person within.

—George K. Brushaber, president, Bethel College & Seminary

In this day of interactive media, Dr. Samuel Rima has produced an important contribution on the subject of leadership. Leading from the Inside Out spells out not only important principles but also makes it easy to interact with those principles. I especially appreciate the emphasis on character as there seems to be continually increasing disengagement between character and leadership. This book is well worth reading for those in leadership which, in my opinion, would include all as everyone exerts some level of leadership.

—Clyde Cook, former president, Biola University

One of the results of living in a postmodern age is people who struggle with managing their own lives. Both within and without the church, it is clear that a large number of people need to get back to the basics of learning how to balance their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual selves. Leading from the Inside Out provides a practical and biblical hands-on resource for assisting all of us to lead our own lives, and those of others, for the glory of God.

Gary L. McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

This is not a book to merely read but a book to do. Grab your journal and your creative thinking to gain some true self insights as you work your way through Leading from the Inside Out. Sam Rima’s self-revelation and discipline sets a strong model for other leaders in this book.

—Chuck Hiatt, executive director, The Good Samaritan Foundation

Anyone who is concerned about personal leadership will be challenged and richly blessed by this wise, insightful book. Sam Rima shares deeply out of his rich experiences—including his struggles—as a pastor. And he has obviously read widely and been mentored by leaders whom he trusts. The specific personal exercises at the end of each section are very helpful. All kinds of church leaders—actual and potential—need to read this book and take it to heart.

Roger L. Fredrikson, former president, American Baptist Churches

In today’s economically-driven society, Sam Rima offers readers an opportunity to refocus our eyes, ears, and heart on who we are in Christ. Simply put, this book compels the reader to base his/her leadership style on a biblical frame of reference.

—Mark Benedetto, president, University of Sioux Falls

  • Title: Leading from the Inside Out: The Art of Self-Leadership
  • Author: Samuel D. Rima Sr.
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Print Publication Date: 2000
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Leadership › Religious aspects--Christianity; Self-control › Religious aspects--Christianity
  • ISBNs: 9781441256522, 0801091047, 9780801091049, 1441256520
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:07:37Z

Samuel D. Rima is director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Bethel Seminary, where he is also a faculty member in the Center for Transformational Leadership. He is the author of Rethinking the Successful Church.


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