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What You Can Expect To Get Out Of The Book

A New Angle

Take look at Christian leadership from a refreshing angle, where it's less about what you need to do and more about where you should position yourself.

Growing Resilience

Learn the keys to developing resilient leadership that lets you overcome any challenge which awaits you into the future.

Freedom From Yourself

Discover how to make your leadership more about God and less about you, so greater things can happen in your cause.

Values and Culture

Grasp the importance values and culture play in empowering and giving freedom to those you lead to make a greater impact.

Increase Your Love

Increase your love and appreciation for those you lead by seeing leadership from a different vantage point, maximising both yours and their impact.

Align Your Leadership

Align your leadership more closely with Christ, so those you lead are more powerfully impacted by Him.

Summary of The Anonymous Leader

Part I - THE CONTEXT

All leadership is understood in a context. Even in Christianity, our context can be too businesslike and not enough Bible-like. The chapters in this part establish the groundwork for exploring the context of Anonymous Leadership, which stands completely in contrast to ambitious leadership.

Anonymous Leadership is the positive, intentional influence offered to another for their benefit as they align themselves with the Cause you serve. Leading is not about you or your influence – it is about God influencing others through you and receiving the glory or credit because of it.

Ambition is not about determination or drive; indeed, both of these things are good. Rather, ambition as I refer to it in this book is about the self-seeking desire to promote and further yourself above the Cause you serve. The New Testament only uses the term ‘ambition’ to capture this idea of self-indulgent furtherance, and this is the way I too use it in this book.

We see the tension between ambition and anonymity lived out so powerfully in John the Baptist’s life, and we explore this in chapter 3. John had a deep love for Jesus and the Kingdom of God that framed and empowered his leadership, providing us with a model of what Anonymous Leadership looks like.

Part I - THE CONTEXT

All leadership is understood in a context. Even in Christianity, our context can be too businesslike and not enough Bible-like. The chapters in this part establish the groundwork for exploring the context of Anonymous Leadership, which stands completely in contrast to ambitious leadership.

Anonymous Leadership is the positive, intentional influence offered to another for their benefit as they align themselves with the Cause you serve. Leading is not about you or your influence – it is about God influencing others through you and receiving the glory or credit because of it.

Ambition is not about determination or drive; indeed, both of these things are good. Rather, ambition as I refer to it in this book is about the self-seeking desire to promote and further yourself above the Cause you serve. The New Testament only uses the term ‘ambition’ to capture this idea of self-indulgent furtherance, and this is the way I too use it in this book.

We see the tension between ambition and anonymity lived out so powerfully in John the Baptist’s life, and we explore this in chapter 3. John had a deep love for Jesus and the Kingdom of God that framed and empowered his leadership, providing us with a model of what Anonymous Leadership looks like.

Part II - THE PLATFORM

Out of the context outlined in part I emerges the platform from which a leader leads. Leadership is not a right we have but an opportunity we are given – we are invited onto a platform provided by God, to influence people on His behalf. Many of the things we concern ourselves with in leadership need not be of concern if we rest in the assurance that God is behind us and our greatest action is to become transparent enough that those following us might see God’s desires for their lives.

The platform is hemmed in by fences, much like an electric fence that you cross at your own peril. The four sides of the platform are vision, values, culture and heart. The Anonymous Leader leads freely within these four fences to ensure that the people are led with excellence and within the bounds of God’s kingdom.

These fences work equally for an individual leader, a leader you are wanting to empower and a whole team – anyone who seeks to lead for the Cause of Christ and the sake of the people.

Part III - THE FOUNDATION

Every leader who steps onto the platform to lead has five components to what they offer: passion, trust, invincibility, confidence and commitment. I call these ‘components’ rather than ‘characteristics’ because every person has many different characteristics, as does every leader, whereas a component is necessary for something to work. If a component of a cake is missing, the ingredients do not make a cake. If a component of an engine is missing, it doesn’t run. Components are essential aspects that are required for something to be whole.

The task of the leader is to steward each of these components towards an anonymous expression of leadership, as follows:

1) Passion is stewarded toward wisdom and away from recklessness.
2) Trust is stewarded towards integrity and away from hypocrisy.
3) Invincibility is stewarded towards humility and away from pride.
4) Confidence is stewarded towards security and away from insecurity.
5) Commitment is stewarded towards resilience and away from shallowness.

In successfully stewarding these five components toward anonymity, ambition is gradually removed from a leader’s influence. This results in Christ being more clearly identified in the leadership that an Anonymous Leader offers.

Part IV - THE COST

Stewarding the five components of leadership toward anonymity comes at a cost. The act of leading costs every leader, but it is essential to make sure the right cost is being paid. Failure to make great trade-offs – that is, trading the good for the great – can result in long-term losses for a leader, just as making great trade-offs can benefit a leader and those they lead for many years to come.

The greatest trade-off a leader can make is to surrender to the call of God on their life. Without first being called and then accepting the call, a leader cannot be sustained on the platform. The call is what enables a Christian leader to do what God asks of them and selflessly further the Cause of Christ.

The calling is essential to leadership but without the spiritual discipline of meeting daily with God, our calling will dry up as the weight of it becomes overpowering. God called you to carry His influence to those He wants to lead. As you carry His influence, He carries you, sustaining you through all that leading others assaults you with.

THE SYNOPSIS

Being powerfully influential is the deep yearning of every dynamic leader, but maybe we’re aiming at the wrong target. A leaders aim should be to develop an increasingly anonymous presence whilst simultaneously watching their impact grow. The greatest leaders have always been those whose name’s you don’t know but impact you benefit from every day.

The Anonymous Leader provides a completely different perspective on influence and leadership? A perspective, which will not only replenish it’s reader with excitement and passion to lead people, but equip them with a new, exciting and fresh paradigm to understand Christian leadership.

Leadership is not about the leader, but about the platform they occupy. If a leader can steward that platform with excellence the influence God can have on His people through that leader will be very significant. Christian leadership is ultimately about being so transparent that only Christ can be seen in the influence of that leader. Therefore leadership is not about becoming more successful but instead about leading to the death – that all of who a leader is dies to the presence of Christ. To use John the Baptist’s words, ‘He must become greater and I must become less.’

If a leader can understand the platform they occupy and steward the five components of leadership with excellence their lives will powerfully reflect the increasing influence, grace, love and power of Christ. These five foundational leadership components are passion, trust, invincibility, confidence and commitment.

As a leader relinquishes their personal ambitions and strives for anonymity, their passion migrates toward wisdom and away from recklessness. Their trust builds toward integrity and hypocrisy decreases. Their invincibility is ushered into and grounded in humility, denying pride. Their confidence is nurtured into security, reducing the affect of insecurities. And their commitment is driven into resilience and away from shallowness.

A leader who is wise, of character, humble, secure and resilient will have an incredible impact for Christ, as it is their heart’s desire and life’s goal. To use the opportunity to lead (the leadership platform) to build up the cause of Christ whilst letting go of their own desires for greatness is a leadership this world needs to experience more and more.

Tracking along with the likes of John the Baptist, Joseph, Paul, David, Peter, Moses, Nehemiah, Jesus himself, as well as many others, we are given a beautiful window into what leadership should look like. It is the unambitious embracing and surrender to the call of God, which is essentially valuable in serving and advancing the Kingdom of God.

These thoughts come together in The Anonymous Leader to give the reader a clear understanding of what Christian leadership is, and offer an exciting pathway in the art of self-leadership, and the challenge that accompanies influencing others.

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What leaders are saying

Mark Sayers, Senior Leader Red Church, author of Facing Leviathan, and Disappearing Church

Mark Sayers, Senior Leader Red Church, author of Facing Leviathan, and Disappearing Church

In a time where it is easy to craft our own image and advance our leadership journey under our own steam, The Anonymous Leader is a timely reminder of the importance of humble, Christ-like leadership.

Stu Cameron, Lead Minister Newlife Uniting Church, Gold Coast

The hardest person a leader will lead is himself or herself. In The Anonymous Leader my good friend and colleague Ralph Mayhew paints a beautiful picture of self-leadership modeled on the life of Jesus. This is no mere theory, but the distillation of lessons hard won by Ralph in everyday leadership environments, all based in timeless biblical principles. I have seen first-hand Ralph live these principles out as he has built a thriving ministry and developed a continuous stream of servant-hearted leaders. Please read this book – and get it into the hands of anyone considering embarking on the leadership adventure!

Stu Cameron, Lead Minister Newlife Uniting Church, Gold Coast
Mark Conner, Senior Minister CityLife Church, Melbourne, author of  Transforming Your Church

Mark Conner, Senior Minister CityLife Church, Melbourne, author of Transforming Your Church

Without doubt, the world always needs more and better leaders. However, this is especially so in our generation which is currently facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty. Ralph Mayhew’s new book ‘The Anonymous Leader’ is packed full of wisdom and insight for both emerging and experienced leaders. I highly recommend it!

Rohan Dredge, Senior Pastor, Discovery Church, Leadership blogger

This book should come with a warning label! Ralph Mayhew invites all who claim the name leader, to consider the ‘upside down’ approach to acting in a way that serves, develops and releases others to their potential. To put aside the unhealthy aspects of ambition and take up the silent, diligent, and often costly aspects of true Christlike leadership. This book not only challenges how leadership is being experienced now it also shows how it can be done differently and diligently. Read with care! Leadership is a more grey than black and white, more art than science, more pathway than highway. In this book Ralph Mayhew navigates the paradox of a desire for leadership greatness while navigating the importance of anonymity and humility. He skillfully unpacks and repacks a toolkit that will serve leaders now and leaders next.

Rohan Dredge, Senior Pastor, Discovery Church, Leadership blogger