McNeal Book Review Final

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Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

4-MAT Book Review: McNeal
Practicing Greatness:
7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders

A Paper Submitted To
Dr. Hyun “David” Chung
In Partial Fulfillment of The
Requirements for The Course
LEAD 510

Submitted By

Terry Michele Noonan Fitzgerald
February 19, 2015

Table of Contents

Abstract 2
Response 5
Reflection 6
Action 7
Bibliography 9


This paper will constitute a review of Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders,1 with attention given to the disciplines themselves, as well as the rationale and method that McNeal believes will lead to leadership success. The work begins with a quotation from Elton
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In reading McNeal, and in retrospect, I realize that because an understanding of self-awareness was lacking, I set expectations so high my natural and learned abilities could not stay even with them. I failed in goals I set and therefore lost confidence in my ability to manage others who worked under me.
I knew that there were things which were wrong in how I was doing things; yet I could not figure it out. I arrived at the point where I felt that I would become ill anytime I had to make decisions on the job. I sat down and cried because things seemed to have no solution where it seemed, I was able to find solutions and fix things. I remember hearing a preacher once who was teaching on the wisdom of God and the finiteness of the mind of men. I took my Bible out and went to the concordance where I searched for words and phrases relating to wisdom, mind and knowledge, and I was led to Proverbs 3:5-6 which states to
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (KJV).

After studying these verses, I realized that not only was I lacking understanding of self-awareness, I was lacking in acknowledging God