How to Lead When You're Not in Charge

  • by Clay Scroggins
  • Narrated by Clay Scroggins, Gabe Wicks
  • 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge, author and pastor Clay Scroggins explains what is needed to be a great leader—even when you answer to someone else. Drawing from biblical principles and his experience as a megachurch pastor, Clay will help you nurture your vision and cultivate influence, even when you lack authority in your organization. Every leader, young or old, resonates with the dead-end feeling of not being in charge. Too often the lack of authority paralyzes leaders, leaving them believing they must wait to be in charge until they can lead. One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. Great leaders don't buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority to lead. Because every road of leadership forks at the intersection of authority and influence, learning to cultivate influence without authority is foundational to navigating culture today.

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Should be specified for teen audiences

This was well written and well performed, but so elementary I couldn't get past the first couple of hours.
The summary I read beforehand failed to mention that the author was a pastor, and certainly didn't mention that the author had a background in youth ministry. The overall tone of the book was reminiscent of every other youth sermon that tries too hard to be relevant to pop-culture and entertain an audience that would rather be elsewhere. I downloaded the book by choice because the subject matter interests me, yet I only got about 20 minutes of value amidst two and a half hours of fluff before I had to turn it off.
This book would be fine for high school students who have never actually taken leadership in anything. It's not the author's fault that the foreword and advertising were completely misleading.
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- Cori

My favorite leadership book by far

I run my own company and serve as a singer in church, which places me in a unique position where I’m both a leader as well a follower - both in an outside ministry.

This book has resonated with me in a way that no leadership book has before. Most leadership books give me the vibe that the author has his/her life completely together, and I’ve always desired to hear from someone who readily admits how human he is and how emotionally challenging leadership can be. I’ve frequently experienced the same issues and asked the same questions brought up in this book... andI really appreciate how straightforward the author is in admitting his shortcomings, potentially controversial thoughts, and how he’s learnt to overcome them when working with other people. And despite him being a pastor, he often quotes secular books which gives his thoughts a very nice balance.

“How to lead when you’re not in charge” is simple yet profound. The people who call it basic might not realize how nuanced the situations presented here are. This book shares the timeless foundations of leadership in the freshest and most easy to grasp of ways. The presenter is also extremely relatable and entertaining as well!

I’ve been recommending this book and sending it to friends, and they’ve been enjoying it thoroughly! It’s already helping us in our lives... I’m looking forward to many more listens. Thank you Clay!
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- HURON L.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2017
  • Publisher: Zondervan