Mohler emphasizes at the outset of The Conviction to Lead that he would like to change the way the reader views leadership and to inspire action of the reader. The book does an excellent job of reviewing the popular trends and ideas that have consumed the leadership arena in past decades. The book gets to the heart of real authentic Leadership—it originates with deep conviction and it is grounded by Christian principles that shape those convictions.
Mohler shares his own radical experience of becoming the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at a young age in spite of aggressive opposition from school faculty. He recalls that he lacked necessary experience needed for the role as president but it did not hinder him from being a catalyst for change—He tributes his deep conviction to see the school return to its roots that fueled his energy and success. This experience I believe is what contributed to origination of this book.
Mohler lays out twenty-five principles for convictional leadership within the book and I found them all to be very relevant and beneficial. The principles are taken from his many years’ experience as a prominent leader in the Christian community and reinforced by many examples of leaders of the past and present. He has enlisted ones that he feels matter the most.
Many chapters were very practical and relevant for anyone in a leadership capacity. Topics like speaking, thinking, communicating, reading, and writing were discussed with useful tips. He offers excellent advice about being a student in these areas and never ceasing to improve in these areas
He also covers deep and confrontational issues that every leader must consider earnestly. He discusses the importance of the leader having trust, credibility, morality, character, power and stewardship to lead effectively. These are necessary traits a convictional leader must strive to lead by and to be mindful of continually. He emphasizes these principles by showing pertain examples from his own leadership experience and that of other leaders.