The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham
A behind-the-scenes analysis of 21 essential leadership principles from the life of Billy Graham Billy Graham looms large as one of the twentieth century's most influential and innovative leaders. Most people are unaware of his remarkable effectiveness as not only...
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A behind-the-scenes analysis of 21 essential leadership principles from the life of Billy Graham Billy Graham looms large as one of the twentieth century's most influential and innovative leaders. Most people are unaware of his remarkable effectiveness as not only preacher and pastor, but as a CEO and a global leader as well.The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham is full of transferable applications for leaders in the church, parachurch, academia, government, and business. Lively interviews with his closest associates illustrate 21 principles that have driven six decades of visionary impact. First-hand accounts reveal stories of courageous leadership and growth through painful lessons.Graham's relentless application of core beliefs and leadership principles have resulted in, among many honors, being listed in Gallup's ten "most admired men" thirty times, more than anyone else. Time magazine named him one of the top ten leaders of the twentieth century. This book asks: How did this hap
The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham Copyright 2005 by Christianity Today International This title is also available as a Zondervan ebook product. Visit www.zondervan.com/ebooks for more information. This title is also available as a Zondervan audio product. Visit www.zondervan.com/audiopages for more information. Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Myra, Harold Lawrence, 1939- The leadership secrets of Billy Graham / Harold Myra and Marshall Shelley. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-25578-3 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25578-9 1. Leadership. 2. Leadership-Religious aspects-Christianity. 3. Graham, Billy, 1918- 4. Evangelists-United States-Biography. I. Shelley, Marshall. II. Title. HM1261.M97 2005 658.4'092-dc22 2005004700 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Sharon VanLoozenoord Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /? DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1One Coming Alive The giants all had one thing in common: neither victory nor success, but passion. PHILIP YANCEY How is it that among millions of young men of no particular distinction, one ignites and becomes a driving force? How is it that-like a rocket on a launch pad with flame barely visible-one person is slightly lifted, then slowly gains momentum, thrusts upward, engines burning steadily with increasing velocity? The phenomenon of Billy Graham's humble beginnings and the ever-increasing velocity of his executive leadership intrigued us. What combination of genes, culture, experience, religion, and internal response created the alchemy? This first section consists of just one extended chapter exploring those questions. How did his extraordinary leadership get started? How did it continue in force throughout his life? Numerous scholars and commentators have ranked Billy with the "greats." We were intrigued to find, in seeking to identify common principles, parallels with other great leaders like Teddy Roosevelt, who was "ignited" by similar forces. To put Billy in context, we include those experiences too, which may illumine some of what happens in these extraordinary lives. C H A P T E R 1 Igniting! Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership. WOODROW WILSON Leadership is forged in the furnace. The gracious, positive spirit of a Billy Graham-or the broad smile of a Dwight Eisenhower or the exuberance of a Teddy Roosevelt- does not reveal the complex, painful stories of how they rose to great challenges or sustained their intensity. Far from being a formula to learn, leadership is a set of life experiences melded by intense heat. The heat and struggle create often unexpected results. Jim Collins, as he researched corporate leadership for his book Good to Great, was caught off-guard by his team's research findings. "The good-to-great leaders seem to have come from Mars," is how he described his reaction to what they discovered about the very best corporate leaders. "We were surprised, shocked really, to discover the type of leadership required," Collins wrote.
Marshall Shelley is a vice preisdent of Christianity Today, and editor of Leadership Journal. He is the author of a number of books, including Well-Inspired Dragons. He and his family live in the Chicago suburbs. SPANISH BIO: Marshall Shelley es vicepresidente de Christianity Today, Inc. y editor ejecutivo de Leadership Journal.
Harold Myra is president and CEO of Christianity Today International, has taught at Wheaton College Graduate School, and is the author of several books, including Leaders and Surprised by Children. He and his family reside in the Chicago suburbs.
- Contents Introduction...11 Part One--coming Alive...17 1. Igniting!...19 Part Two--getting Started...37 2. Forming The Team...39 3. Confronting Temptations...53 4. Lasering In On The Mission...65 5. Loving Harsh Critics...79 Part Three--creating Momentum...91 6. Communicating Optimism And Hope...93 7. Mobilizing Money 107 8. Empowering Soul Mates . 123 9. Expanding The Growing Edge 137 Part Four--growing Through Fire And Ice . 149 10. Summoning Courage...151 11. Learning From Failure...165 12. Experiencing Trauma And Betrayal...177 13. Redeeming The Ego...191 Part Five--multiplying Momentum...205 14. Birthing Dreams...207 15. Building Bridges...221 16. Igniting Other Leaders...239 17. Sowing Seeds In All Seasons...257 Part Six--deepening In Every Decade...271 18. Learning--and Leveraging Weaknesses...273 19. Plugging Into Continuous Voltage...287 20. Innovating...303 21. Leading With Love...315 Acknowledgments...329 For Further Reading...331 Who's Who...335 Index...339