Saturday, May 31, 2008

Practicing Greatness - 7 Disciplines

Prov. 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2
for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of
insight; 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what
is right and just and fair...
Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders
Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor to many
thousands of Christian leaders across a broad spectrum of ministry
settings, Reggie McNeal helps spiritual leaders understand that they
will self-select into or out of greatness. In this important book,
McNeal shows how great spiritual leaders are committed consciously
and intentionally to seven spiritual disciplines, habits of heart and
mind that shape both their character and competence:
1. The discipline of self-awareness—the single most important body of
information a leader possesses.
2. The discipline of self-management—handling difficult emotions,
expectations, temptations, mental vibrancy, and physical well-being.
3. The discipline of self-development—a life-long commitment to
learning and growing and building on one's strengths.
4. The discipline of mission—enjoying the permissions of maintaining
the sense of God's purpose for your life and leadership.
5. The discipline of decision-making—knowing the elements of good
decisions and learning from failure.
6. The discipline of belonging—the determination to nurture
relationships and to live in community with others, including family,
followers, mentors, and friends.
7. The discipline of aloneness—the intentional practice of soul-
making solitude and contemplation.
I love these ideas. Would you say that these "disciplines, habits or
practices" are in your life?
Which one do you need to pay a little more attention?

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