Big Shoes to Fill: Stepping into a Leadership Role...Without Stepping in It

  • 7h 47m 10s
  • Gavin Adams
  • HarperCollins Leadership
  • 2024

Starting something from the ground up is challenging. But how about transitioning into the leadership role of an existing organization? No matter how qualified you are, it can feel like an impossible juggling act to manage expectations without creating unnecessary conflict. Or to build trust and learn from others while implementing changes.

And yet most leaders step into roles they didn't create. You have to navigate special personal, professional, and organizational needs that take into account the entire team and requires a certain mindset that doesn't come naturally to many leaders.

Gavin Adams has spent his professional life innovating solutions and implementing strategies for leaders of businesses and ministries. Whether you're a first-time manager, a CEO, or a church pastor, Big Shoes to Fill will help you more confidently step into a new role and effectively lead your inherited team through that tricky transitional process. You'll learn how to:

Big Shoes to Fill helps leaders:

  • Reduce the time it takes for you to transition from positional authority to relational influence.
  • Understand the tensions and problems associated with stepping into new leadership spaces,
  • Create a learning environment that expedites trust, and
  • Guide everyone experiencing the transition through the normative emotions of change.

About the Author

Dr. Gavin Adams serves marketplace and ministry leaders as a coach and strategic organizational consultant. After a decade of consulting in the marketplace, Gavin transitioned into ministry, where he helped plant a church, revitalize a church, pastor a rapidly growing church, pastor a mega-church, and lead a campus of North Point Ministries. Gavin has an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a Master of Theology and Doctorate of Ministry from Liberty University.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - How You Got Here
  • Chapter 2 - How They Got Here
  • Chapter 3 - Form or Reform?
  • Chapter 4 - The Tensions of Leadership Transition
  • Chapter 5 - Managing Team and Interpersonal Tensions
  • Chapter 6 - Stepping in It as a New Leader
  • Chapter 7 - Learn the Team
  • Chapter 8 - Learn How to Label
  • Chapter 9 - Learn How to Win
  • Chapter 10 - Learn the Position
  • Chapter 11 - The Transition Journey
  • Chapter 12 - The State of Comfort
  • Chapter 13 - The State of Grief
  • Chapter 14 - The State of Confusion
  • Chapter 15 - The State of Acclimation
  • Chapter 16 - Preparing Now to Leave Later
  • Chapter 17 - Attracting and Retaining Leaders of Leaders
  • Chapter 18 - Leaving an Inheritance for Your Inherited Team
  • Conclusion