Iorg, Jeff. Seasons of a Leader's Life: Learning, Leading, and Leaving Your Legacy. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing, 2013.
In his book, Seasons of a Leader's Life, Dr. Jeff Iorg sets out to examine three seasons of leadership through the lens of the Apostle Peter. In the Gospels we see Peter as a learner. In the books of Acts he's a leader. And by the time we read the two Epistles from Peter, he's leaving his legacy.
Iorg, a proven leader, has planted a successful church, served as the executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention, and is the president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Some of his other books include Live Like a Missionary, The Painful Side of Leadership, The Character of Leadership, Is God Calling Me?, The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for a Transformational Church, and Unscripted.
In the opening pages of Seasons of a Leader's Life, Iorg writes, "This book surveys the overarching story of Peter's ministry in Scripture, and examines leadership principles underlying the biblical narrative of Peter's life" (5). But this book is not the definitive leadership 'how-to.' A few paragraphs later he says, "This book is organized to help you think through leadership issues; it is not intended to be a step-by-step formula for your life. The book is also organized to stimulate further consideration of each topic" (5).
Here's a video of Iorg discussing Season of a Leader's Life with Ed Stetzer:
Jeff Iorg has hit a home run with this book. I loved it and have recommend it to countless leaders and soon-to-be leaders.
The chapters are short and easy. The content is serious but peppered with stories and illustrations that make the book fun to read. And at any point if it seems Iorg is off, he has provided the Scripture so the reader can open his or her Bible and personally examine Peter's life.
"Hopefully," writes Iorg, "this book will be an ideal resource for mentoring groups, reading groups, self-directed leadership development groups, staff improvement exercises, classroom readings, and organizational development for emerging leaders" (6). I believe Iorg is correct. I encouraged members of my church staff as well as some lay leaders in the congregation to pick up this book. My intention was to allow them to move through it how they saw fit. (It's always nice to see how staff members address book recommendations from the boss!) One staffer grabbed hold of the book and it really seemed to be helpful to him. (He has since applied to go to seminary.) An intern (from a seminary where Iorg is not the president) thumbed through the book and read chapters occasionally as he had time. I suspect it will help him has he thinks through the material and eventually enters the leadership phase of his ministry. A few of our lay leaders also found the book extremely helpful. It has prompted some really good conversations with quite a few leaders and future leaders.
I personally loved this book. I found it informative and extremely helpful in shaping my thinking about my own leadership. It also helped me realize that leadership comes in seasons. I've entered the season of the leader but my staff are in the learner season. Those mentoring me are entering the legacy leaving season. Understanding these seasons has greatly helped me relate to those in different seasons.
I highly recommend this book to anybody thinking about leading, presently in leadership, or trying to understand how to leave a lasting impact as he or she exits leadership.
*I am a doctoral candidate at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary where Dr. Jeff Iorg is the president; however, I initiated this interview. In addition, purchasing Seasons of a Leader's Life through the links on this website help support this website ministry.