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  • M Taylor posted an update 4 months ago

    “Opportunity Leadership” by Roger Parrott is an excellent read on a different kind of leadership approach from a Christian perspective: instead of the traditional approach (making plans and preparing the plans to becoming a reality), look for opportunities that God provides and then act accordingly. Sounds similar to Henry Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” and is a refreshing change from traditional leadership approaches that seem to rely too much on human reasoning and effort while God is treated as an afterthought.

    Around 250 pages, the book covers a wide variety of topics, including:

    – A definition of opportunity leadership.

    – 10 reasons why we let planning fill our time. Instead, seek God’s face as to what opportunities He is/will provide and then act.

    – Either God is sovereign or He’s not (take your pick!).

    – Know who you are and why you are called.

    – 3 responses to roadblocks.

    – 6 ways to live out grace in your leadership.

    – 4 areas that need to be addressed so a ministry can be ready to act quickly when needed (contrary to what one may think, opportunity leadership is not a recipe for or condoning laziness, but following God instead of relying on our own reasoning).

    – God’s kingdom operates different from the world’s values.

    After reading the title, here’s what I like:

    – Written from an admittingly Christian perspective that focuses on following God’s leadership instead of human ingenuity (and, am I tired, sick, and weary of reading/hearing/etc. about human efforts to bring about success that leaves God out of the picture!).

    – Covers a wide variety of leadership topics.

    – Stresses the importance of spending time listening to God as to what His agenda is for you and the ministry/organization you are serving.

    – Smooth transition from chapter to chapter.

    – Good balance of spiritual and practical insights.

    – Several examples of the author’s successes and mistakes.

    – Helpful notes section referencing titles for future reading.

    The author’s leadership style is one that many believers (including myself) would be glad to follow and participate in (as opposed to the worldly kind of leadership that focuses too much on human reasoning). Great read and will be read again. Highly recommended! I was given a review copy by Moody Publishers in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.