eBook Flash Sale: How to Lead When You're Not in Charge
For a brief time you can save 36% on the eBook edition of Clay Scroggins' new book How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority. In this book you will discover:
- The common identity traps that snag leaders
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- What you can learn from a less-than-stellar boss
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Excerpt: The Importance of Critical Thinking
One of the most common frustrations of not being in charge is being told no. No one likes being told no. But even worse than being told no is being given a task to work on and receiving little to no direction. Then, after you spend energy, effort, and time on said project, you are told, “That’s not exactly what we’re looking for. What else you got?”
In these moments, we are most susceptible to believing the lie that we must be in charge in order to get done what we want to get done. And rather than becoming uber positive and blindly supporting everything that’s handed to us, or becoming cynical, bitter, and negative, we need to respond critically and thoughtfully. Choose positivity, but also think critically.
Every good leader is also a critical thinker. Leaders intuitively know how to make something better. At the conferences our church hosts for young leaders, my boss, Andy Stanley, always tells the crowd that we know they probably have two sets of notes: one for what they are learning and another for what they would do differently if this were their conference. That’s what critical-thinking leaders do. And you can hardly turn it off. You will always be looking for ways to make things better, to say things better, to do things better. That’s what leaders do.
But leaders who are critical thinkers don’t just criticize and whine; they learn. They start by questioning things. Why do we do it this way? Is there a better way? What would happen if we stopped that? Why is this working? What’s the real “win” here? Asking questions is at the heart of critical thinking. Questions challenge assumptions. Questions uncover the invisible forces behind behaviors and actions.
Great leaders who lead great organizations do this week in and week out.
-Clay Scroggins, How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority
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Will be one of the most, if not the most, pivotal leadership books you'll ever read. - Andy Stanley
Read this book! The marketplace is full of many helpful leadership messages, but this one is a standout. In a culture that measures influence and worth by job title, Clay Scroggins calls us higher. - Louie Giglio
If you're ready to lead right where you are, Clay Scroggins understands—and How to Lead When You're Not in Charge can show you how to start. - Dave Ramsey
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