This is the third and final installment of my Steve Moore interview about his new book, The Top 10 Leadership Conversations in the Bible. If you’ve been following along, by now you realize that the book is only the tip of the proverbial resource iceberg.
Besides the book’s incredibly insightful instruction, by signing up at BibleCenteredLeadership.com you can access supplemental resources involving not only Steve’s “top 10” but also keys to help you and those you lead unlock Steve’s entire inventory of the Bible’s 1090 leadership conversations and progress in becoming a truly Bible-centered leader.
Let’s continue, listen in …
Ralph: How can ABHE institutions and their students and stakeholders get the maximum value out of this project?
Steve: College and university leaders understand their mission is bigger than granting degrees. They are developing leaders. ABHE institutions place a special priority on the role the Bible plays in that process. For that reason, I think my project will especially resonate with the ABHE network.
I’d love to see professors who teach leadership include my book and the website as part of their course requirements where appropriate. In 2018, I plan to produce an online course in Bible centered leadership, and we’re exploring partnerships with institutions who would like to offer a for-credit version of this course. I’m also looking forward to speaking about my book and the larger vision of Bible centered leadership to students as well as the church leader stakeholders of ABHE institutions. If you are interested in discussing a partnership around the course or a speaking event, contact me directly at Steve.Moore@nexleader.com.
Ralph: It’s generous to give all this away on your website, but is there a strategic reason beyond generosity that you have in mind?
Steve: I agree with the premise that the biggest enemy of content creators is not piracy but obscurity. I’ve spent almost six years on this project. I don’t want it to sit on a digital shelf gathering cyber dust. When I shared about my research with friends early on I was often asked how I planned to share what I learned. I didn’t begin with a grand scheme, so my early response was, “I don’t know.” But the genuine and universal interest piqued my curiosity enough to begin exploring the best approach.
The question I’ve asked myself is, “What does it look like to be a good steward of this research?” After reflecting on that question, I’m convinced the best way forward is to make what I’ve learned available to the widest possible audience on an open-source platform, free of charge. That’s why I’ve chosen to build a website that will allow me to share all the significant leadership conversations from my research, searchable by Leadership Era, book of the Bible, leader, and topic, using simple tags that describe the situation.
By providing access to these leadership interactions of the Bible, I hope to inspire a thousand other personal study projects. I imagine leaders searching for all the leadership conversations in a specific Leadership Era or book of the Bible. Or leaders might search by characters linked with topics, such as Moses and conflict, or Paul and mentoring, or David and vision.
The primary deliverable of this project is the book, which summarizes the high-level lessons gleaned from the top ten leadership conversations, using the criteria and process shared in a previous post. Making the book available for free, one chapter at a time, as a downloadable PDF, is another key part of the open source strategy. The print, Kindle, and audio version of this book are really about selling convenience, not content. It is still easier for many people to access content when it is bundled in ready-to-use packages like print, digital, or audio books.
We’ve already begun a pre-sale campaign for the print version of the book. Pre-sale purchases will include a free PDF copy of Dr. Clinton’s book, The Bible and Leadership Values. The website is scheduled to launch October 1, 2017, along with the Kindle, and audio versions of The Top 10 Leadership Conversations in the Bible.
Ralph: Steve, thanks so much for taking the effort to engage me in this dialogue on behalf of our members. I plan to use your Top 10 Leadership Conversations in the Bible in a leadership course I’m teaching in March 2018. [Hey, can we schedule a cameo web-link with you during the class? Oh, wait, I guess I better pursue that conversation off line.]
Anyway, I can’t wait to engage my students and echo your challenge to them to adopt the lifelong habit and hone their skill in reading the Bible with leadership eyes. I hope many of my readers will do the same. After all, you could not have said it better: “ABHE institutions place a special priority on the role the Bible plays in [the leadership development] process.” I long for that legacy to continue to be a major feature of our movement’s brand equity.
Fresh gleanings to fuel your leadership awareness, reflection, and conversations …
This fall’s Inside Higher Ed/Gallup survey of US college admissions officers reveals that only 34% achieved their enrollment targets this year. That figure is down from 37% a year ago and 42% the previous year. It would seem prudent for your enrollment and financial projections to take this trend into account. If your enrollment is growing, you are definitely an outlier. Congratulations.
Could it be that there is a much more pronounced link between the freedom we seek and our collective willingness to confront and confess the shameful sins of our forbears as well as to celebrate their laudable achievements in building our nation? In this article, D.L. Mayfield makes a convincing biblical case that America (no doubt Canada, too) could benefit from coming to terms with its historic atrocities.