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Leading with Heart
$1.99 (Kindle) | $9.99 (Paperback)
Genres: Christian Living, Christian Ministry
Publication Year: 2014
ISBN: 150590305X

John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, once defined leadership in these terms: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

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About the Book

John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, once defined leadership in these terms: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

That’s a great definition. You’ve probably heard that leadership is influence (thanks to John Maxwell). That’s true. If you’re not influencing someone, you’re not leading them. Take Maxwell’s definition and through it in the blender with President Adam’s definition — and you have a really good definition of leadership.

Ask yourself the following questions …

Do the people I lead dream bigger dreams than before?

Do the people I lead show a desire to learn more than before?

Do the people I lead do more on their own initiative, without my prompting?

Do the people I lead become better leaders?

Here’s why many leaders will struggle with these questions: for them, leadership isn’t about those they lead — it’s about themselves. Production-oriented leaders may still have influence (and by definition still be a leader), but they may be failing to harness the power of inspiration.

The power of inspiration enables a team to go further than a production-mindset allows. Teams that are dreaming more, learning more, doing more, and becoming more will accomplish more.

Adams’ definition of leadership applies across many landscapes. Parenting, coaching, pastoring, managing, mentoring.

For over twenty-five years I have been privileged to serve in positions of leadership. It is a privilege. Whenever someone willingly follows your leader, you have accepted a sacred responsibility – to lead well.

This ebook is a collection of posts that originally appeared on my blog ( Though my main profession has been in professional ministry, they are written for leaders of all types. As such, they approach leadership from a Christian perspective. Regardless of your religious persuasion, I believe you will find them helpful.

About the Author
Ken Hensley

Ken Hensley was born and raised in Peoria, IL, and did his undergraduate work at Freed-Hardeman University and graduate work at Bethel Theological Seminary.

Ken has led churches in several of America's finest cities - San Diego, San Francisco, Atlanta, and now Denver.

In 1999, Ken entered the dot com world and co-founded a business that enabled non-profits to make better use of emerging technologies. During this same time, he also worked in the pre-launch days at - when the coffee and donuts were free and foosball breaks were required.

In 2005, Ken was hired by Stadia: New Church Strategies to return to San Diego and start LifePoint Christian Church. During his time at LifePoint Ken had the pleasure of seeing people who were disconnected from God find their way back to him. Ken also had the privilege of partnering with other new churches to reach San Diego and beyond.

The Hensleys now live in Denver, where Ken is the Senior Pastor at Mountainview Christian Church in Highlands Ranch. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Church Planters of the Rockies, an organization that starts new churches along the Front Range of Colorado.

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