This week, I'm giving away three copies of Just Lead! by my friends, Jenni Catron and Sherry Surratt. Jenni serves as the Executive Director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. Sherry is the CEO of MOPS International. I recently had the chance to chat with Jenni and ask her a few questions about their new book, Just Lead!: A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church.
Sherry and I frequently find ourselves in conversations with other women who are eager to grow in their leadership and influence. As we’ve chatted with hundreds of women in small groups or one-on-one conversations we realized we were lacking a resource to suggest to them.
There are many books available that speak to Christian leadership and several books for women leaders in the marketplace, but there are very few that speak to the challenges that Christian women in leadership face. We hope we’ve created a resource to inspire and equip them.
Q: What sparked the cover design for Just Lead! and what is it trying to convey?
We wanted the cover to reinforce the title. No nonsense. Straightforward with a business feel. Not flowery but not masculine either. We hope that it conveys a sense of wisdom and strength.
Q: Who should read Just Lead! and why?
Just Lead! was written with everyone in mind.
For women, Just Lead! is a reminder that, “wherever you lead, lead well”. We all have a sphere of influence, whether it’s our families, volunteers, co-workers or employees. Our goal is to equip you with the courage and the confidence to lead well.
For men, Just Lead! is a great resource to help you understand the unique challenges, fears and uncertainties the women leaders around you are facing. We know we can be a complicated gender so consider this an insider’s tip.
Q: What is the biggest compliment and worst criticism of your book so far?
The biggest compliment has been the women who have read the book and expressed how encouraged and understood they felt. If the book inspires a few more leaders to use their God-given gifts to just lead, we feel like we’ve accomplished what we set out to do.
The biggest criticism has come more indirectly from those who have chosen not to support the release because they don’t affirm women in leadership.
Congratulations to the winners: Soozi Whitte Ford, Tobi, Lauren Foy
What leadership advice do you have for men and women on this topic?