Are You a Catalytic Leader?

I’ve known Brad Lomenick for over a decade and have participated in his Catalyst leadership events for almost as long. Helping leaders grow is their stated desire, and it’s one that I fully support. Our growth as leaders is central to our success. It’s also increasingly urgent.

The Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick

The tools of influence are more accessible today that ever before. When barriers come down, participation goes up. That means a growing number of people are flooding into leadership roles, many of them unprepared.

Instead of waiting decades trudging through the traditional leadership track in business, nonprofits, and churches, young people are seeing the needs and opportunities around them and stepping up to make a difference today.

This is a good thing—except when it isn’t. I can’t tell you the number of leaders I’ve personally seen blow up and burn out. Some good can come out these moments, particularly if we’re teachable. But we can shortcut a lot of those difficult learning experiences if we apply the learning of others.

That’s why I’m excited to tell you about Brad’s new book The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker.

From his ten years of training leaders at Catalyst Brad distills eight essentials to help leaders not only lead now, but also lead well:

  1. Calling
  2. Authenticity
  3. Passion
  4. Capability
  5. Courage
  6. Principle
  7. Hope
  8. Collaboration

Brad breaks down these traits and shows how they work on the ground through a ton of personal examples, insights from Catalyst speakers, and original statistical research of contemporary leaders by the Barna Group.

One thing I appreciate is Brad’s willingness to talk about when and how he falls short. Life’s too brief for bluffing, and Brad’s not even interested. Instead he shows where he went wrong and how others can avoid the same setbacks.

I also appreciate the way he stresses the importance of the leader’s heart, something I try to underscore whenever I can.

“Too many [modern leaders] build up their heads without minding their hearts,” he says, adding, “spiritual ardor is integral, rather than accessory, to leading well.”

For readers to get the most out of The Catalyst Leader, I think there are three ways to best approach it:

  1. As a mirror. The Catalyst Leader is a great self-evaluation tool. It shows us our defects and identifies areas of improvement with proven ways of doing so.
  2. As a map. The Catalyst Leader also gives us a guide to danger zones and pitfalls of contemporary leadership. Following the path laid out here greatly improves our chance of finishing the journey well.
  3. As a mentor. The Catalyst Leader offers insight from many of the most influential leaders on the scene today. It gives us the chance to learn from their stories and how to apply the best learning to our own organizations.

I’m honored to work with Brad, and this book is an example of why. Well-written, relevant, and directed at the needs of contemporary influencers, The Catalyst Leader shortcuts a lot of hard lessons and can help leaders at any level become more effective today.

I gave away 50 copies of The Catalyst Leader. To qualify, my readers had to comment below. You can find the list of winners here.

Question: Is your leadership “catalytic”? Where have you seen success in initiating change? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Larry Carter

    I just became the leader of a new team in my company. I had managed one of the team members before. Our relationship had been rocky before and had the potential to be rocky again. Instead of ignoring it, I went in and admitted failure in our previous relationship with this person. I think in this instance I was a catalytic leader. I was able to change the dynamics of our relationship and get us off on the right foot this go around.

  • AJ Juliani

    As a young person (29) in a school leadership position, I have been able to be a catalyst for change by being true to my passion within my position. My school district is currently running a 1:1 laptop initiative that I am overseeing. In order to get teachers and students on board I had be be authentic and capable, but most importantly I had to collaborate and keep the conversation open between all stakeholders.These 8 principles are perfect and I need to apply more than the ones I am currently focusing on.

  • Morgan Herselman

    I would love to share this resource with my team as I embark on the challenge of being under 30 and leading a church.

  • Lance Morgan

    I often times notice that I am the one that is instituting the change around me. I also notice that most people tend to gravitate towards change, if its for a betterment, or a cause. Not a better,net of self, but for others. In this, I have seen change take place because all involved are authentic and exude a passionate character for the task at hand.

  • Staci J. Shelton

    This book is so timely. Organizations still thing “managing ” and leading are the same they are not. Managing is lording over…leaders motivate and inspire with love. Can’t wait to read this!

  • Bill Krebs

    I am big believer that we should all intentionalize and catalyze excellence in everything we do!

  • Dan Forbes

    Michael, I would say that “calling” and “collaboration” are my strong points. I feel called to serve others and make a difference in this world. I am collaborating with others through my Social Media community: Lead With Giants. I truly look forward to reading this book and hope to receive a copy.

  • Harold Elmore

    I am excited to hear about this book. I am committed to leading my team to a higher level and looking forward to learning the principles in this book.

  • Ben Dempsey

    For me Michael I would have to say that I want my leadership to be catalytic. As a young professional and an aspiring entrepreneur I want it to be. I have had the privilege to attend the last three catalyst east conferences. In my career, I have seen success by initiating when I decided to stop being obese and lost 160 pounds, I finally took back my life. Now it is my goal to help others take that first step and defy obesity as well. The first step is always the hardest, but it is critical if you want to win.

    I would love to read Brad’s book and be able to get a glimpse of what has made him into the leader he is.

    Thanks for great review Michael!

  • Juan

    Being a Catalyst Leader is creating a leadership duplication factory by influencing other to do what it’s truly good for them. In my company a few years ago I took over the responsibility of a very low performing territory, the first thing I did was to openly talk with my coworkers to of the benefits of working together to bring our company back on track, I sold the vision and then we all got to work, 5 years later we had made our territory #1 performer, some of the original team mates had been promoted, most did we very well income-wise, we had a new team mates and I was being promoted to manage a larger territory. We all won, we created that catalyst or synergy that leap us for greater things. This book will help me greatly to re-sharp and continue on my never ending learning journey. Thanks

  • Cindy Lou

    I am a catalytic leader only when I am allowing God to lead and direct me. When I do things by my own power, I’m not effective and I’m often wasting opportunities. I hope this book will help reinforce in me and other readers the need for God to be honored and glorified through my leadership.

  • Kimberly Buffington

    Hi Michael – I’m engage in the most catalytic project of my life right now. I started a nonprofit 7 years ago to do food distribution in Detroit’s hardest hit communities. We are not launching the End Urban Famine project which will place sustainable food systems in 10 Detroit communities. We have developed partnerships with amazing organizations and people who have caught our vision that hunger can be eliminated in Detroit. I call them the Love Army – they’re simply amazing!

  • Ralf Weiser

    That question should be directed and answered by the folks whom I lead. I would say though that my catalytic pivot point is seeing myself as their quarterback – I serve them and not the other way around. I love this kind of relationship and it has been fertile ground for collaboration and innovation. Ralf Weiser

  • Ibukun Onitiju

    My leadership is Catalytic (because I’ve got the book and implementing now)

    I’m part of the Book Launch Team for Catalyst Leader, so I get an advanced E-copy. It’s been amazing. I’ll do a review on my blog tomorrow.

    Thanks Michael for connecting me consistently with great materials
    and people. Having lived in Europe (UK) and Africa (Nigeria), leading teams in
    Church, and early in my career as an Engineering consultant, Maths Teacher and
    now a project developer for a startup gas company, I’ve had to constantly show
    leadership. And I have to say, Brad’s openness in the book and the
    essentials are already shaping the way I handle my responsibilities. I’m 28 and
    as Michael Hyatt consistently points out, leading from the right heart is the
    way to go. My prayer is for that openness and sincerity of heart leadership be
    established in Africa. And for our generation to cultivate the right mindset to think right, act right and lead right. Brad’s book gives a wonderful road map for this. I recommend it.

    PS: Michael, can I please send you a short document
    to read? (Total reading time 2 minutes). Thanks for all you do.

  • Lisa Allen

    I am inspired by the overview of this book..particularly about the leader’s heart. All the other qualities without a well cared for heart will lead to trouble for sure.

  • Heather Kirkpatrick

    The book sounds wonderful, looking forward to reading it!

  • Cheylaina Fultz

    This is awesome! I’d love to learn how to apply his methods to my wedding and event planning business.

  • David McCuistion

    Leading from the heart is essential in my Servant Leadership practices and crucial to being a catalystic leader. It makes building relationships easier and builds trust and confidence. Thank you for the reference to the book and especially for the fantastic offer.

  • bcole39

    I’m always looking for ways to improve as a leader. This seems to be an excellent tool to aid in improvement.

  • Clark Roush


    Your overview of this is quite an effective teaser! This could be one of the finest reads on leadership in quite a while. I am most interested, and am hopeful to be one of the lucky 50!

  • Ken Katayama

    I have been follow the Catalyst over the years. Most of my leadership principles and resources comes from this network of influential leaders. I am looking forward to reading Brad’s new book!

  • Tim Toews

    I have been following Brad Lomenick’s podcast for four years. This book would be an amazing addition to my library, and a reminder that leadership isn’t about position, it is about Laing change happen.

  • Ben Landers

    I’ve been listening to the Catalyst Podcast for a couple years now, I think Brad has a lot of insight and wisdom from rubbing shoulders with so many great leaders and also being a part of such a cool organization. I can’t wait to check out his book.

  • Maina Gladys

    As a blogger, I have learnt and continue to learn about leadership principles and resources. I would like to be a Catalytic leader and this book will help me towards achieving this.

  • Dimeji

    I am working on changing the way engineering is being practiced in Nigeria and the key thing to do is to bring engineering, art and business together. Presently we have 11 chapters where we influence young people with the concept of design engineering and art forms. Our leadership is catalytic because it will eventually transform not only industries but education and our national life.

  • Alan Fowler

    I strive to by “catalytic,” although I didn’t call it that. When leading in this manner, the biggest change I see is the reaction of other leaders around me.

  • John Alexander

    I am not sure I can say I’ve always been a catalytic leader, but one of the ways I’ve seen change actually work is through collaboration. Change almost never happens when initiated singularly. Instead, if change is iniated through collaboration, the success rate goes way up. I’m excited to read Brad’s book.

  • Austin Burkhart

    As the president of my fraternity last year, I focused on shifting the culture from cheering for immaturity to celebrating the process of maturing as men. I’ve found that a catalytic leader is most successful when he/she consistently reinforces and inspires change in the leadership team. I can’t wait to learn from Brad’s wisdom in this book!

  • Kenny

    I enjoy reading any type of leadership book. I want to be a better leader for my family and also in my work and community. I would appreciate receiving a copy of this new book

  • Keane Kulak

    Great stuff and looking forward to this one! Brad has shared great insights on the Catalyst Podcast and have no doubt the book will be similar.

  • Steve Young

    Besides putting energy into serving those I lead, working with my team to keep going the same direction and avoiding the silo-effect has been catalytic in our situation. Looking forward to another great recommended read from Michael!!

  • Joey Espinosa

    We’ve started some new programs in the community in which we live — including possibly creating a few new jobs for the fall (in after school programs).

  • Brian Cawley

    Yes!! in any area where I can bring competence, courage, and passion! Praise God!

  • Ryan McKenzie

    I don’t think my leadership is as catalytic as I would like it to be. I try to be very open and sincere with all in my organization and I hope this has resulted in a more caring, honest dialogue within the company.

  • Leander

    The Catalyst sounds like a must read on my personal development list. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Bob Harper

    It seems to me that contemporary leadership requires a different blend of collaboration and entrepreneurialism than in previous generations. It “feels” like the entrepreneurial impulse must be expressed in collaboration. This requires building consensus in a whole new way. I am only recently acquainted with Catalyst and I am intrigued. The organization seems to be a successful blend of collaboration and entrepreneurship. I look forward to reading this book.

  • Mike Mobley

    I’m not sure how catalytic my leadership is, but there has been times with processes and training where change has been effective. Would love to win this book!

  • Lisa Greer

    This book appears to encompass the essentials leading to leadership skills in a contemporary business world, particularly authenticity and collaboration. I would love to learn more about Catalyst. Thank you for this post pointing your Twitter followers to Catalyst.

  • Liz

    The Catalyst looks like a good read. It seems to underpin what I’ve always thought…. far too often people get put into positions of leadership without adequate experience of knowledge of the qualities needed to be successful.

  • Jim Miller

    Many of us find ourselves in leadership positions and lack the confidence to lead from our strengths. This book looks like a great addition for any leaders library.

  • John

    Catalytic Leader is a must in my library. As a leader of a team, this book caught my eye. I am curious how he uses collaboration as a tool to win. Also I love that the author understands that the heart matters!

  • Kat Van Dusen

    When I first became a leader in my organization, over 20 years ago, God impressed upon my the name we have been known by: the Katalysts. My heart’s desire as a leader has been and continues to be a change agent taking action in the transforming process of the Holy Spirit in the lives of (and men) to become all God has created them to be. I am an eager student from leaders past and present (you included!) and pray that as I remain teachable and engaged, I will be used to teach and encourage others. If I am blessed to be chosen for one of these books, I will be thrilled – if not, it will be added to my library, nonetheless!
    It makes my heart soar that the resources are plentiful, the knowledge is ours for the asking and humbles that God would continue to lead me, so I can lead myself and privileged to lead others. I can’t wait for to get this new read! THANK YOU!

  • Jonathan Smith

    Catalytic? Time will tell. I’d like to think that, as a church planter who has made it past the 80% first-year fail rate… I have a bit of catalytic leadership capacity. However, I’m only 28… so experience is not quite on my side yet. I have a ways to go. I would love to receive this work… to explore unforeseen deficiencies in my leadership. Grace & Peace.

  • DH

    At work I was placed in the role of project management for an eLearning project. We arrived at our first major meeting 25 minutes early, and my team was able to test out and verify tech prior to the meeting, and we were sitting at our places with 13 minutes to spare when my team lead (who also came) remarked that “this is nice.” The meeting went very, very smoothly and the client was clearly impressed.

    My overall team is very good, but we suffer from some communication and time issues, so I knew that this illustrated how crucial it was for us to arrive at our meetings early and prepared. I was able to show how important the preparation was, and I think we as a team learned how crucial this component was.

  • Esther Aspling

    At church, instead of jumping in to do something myself when new leaders are learning. Instead I’ve stepped back, offered advice and waited to be asked for additional help as they not only learn to do things, but learn to do them in their own way.

  • David Hyatt

    Looks really interesting. Great questions. I plan to integrate this into my coaching practice when working with senior leaders. As to my own leadership, I sure hope it’s catalytic. Plan to use the book as a gut-check!

  • George Riddell

    Because contemporary culture is changing so much it is good to have a resource like The Catalyst Leader. Would look forward to to opportunity to read this book if I were to win.

  • Ryan Latham

    I am a big fan of Brad and the team at Catalyst. They have helped me in my ministry for many years. I am very excited that the book is out. Thank you for this overview of the book. I am excited to pick my copy up.

  • Chris Brown

    After listening to your podcast #35 regarding the importance of a leader’s heart this weekend- I am eager to dive into this book and continue to develop what I believe is the most essential aspect of a leader- the heart!

  • Kurt Libby

    In leading a non-profit youth center trough a pivot, I have taken over as the director of the board and attempted to redirect the human resources. This has actually garnered increased buy-in and recruitment to the team, truly being catalytic in a way that I did not expect.

  • Darren Russo

    A significant area for me personally and professionally in the area of being a catalyst has been setting aside weekly “think time” to step back from the business of the day to day – to evaluate – think about – and even allow for creative reflection on what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. Twice a week – Tuesdays and Thursdays I set aside an hour in the morning for this think time. It has improved my approach to my priorities and planning allowing for a more successful use of time and energy.

  • joanna

    Honestly, I’m not sure if my leadership is catalytic. Something to work on I guess :)

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  • Ellory Wells

    “Catalyst” is such a great word – two things coming together to create something bigger and greater. Love the title and would love to read the book!

  • Chanyn

    I’m very excited to read this book! I was definitely thrown into leadership before I was fully equipped. I have so much to learn and then in turn teach.

  • Brian Burchik

    As a student pastor for the last 6 years outside Atlanta, I’ve gotten to be a part of changing the culture of our student mininistry. I think for me the biggest realization was the need for continuous fresh vision casting and investment in relationships

  • Guy Smith

    I am a church planter and I am initiating change in the people that are coming to help plant WayPoint Community Church in Summerville, SC.

  • Dan Brubacher

    This looks like a fantastic book, and as a leader who is still under 40, I have lots more to learn. I have appreciated Brad Lomenick’s input very much in the past.

    I would like to think that my leadership has, at times, had a catalytic effect in the churches where I have served, but it is difficult to measure as change can be so slow in coming. And also, my appetite for change is so much larger than that of our church members, and so even the change that does happen seems small by comparison. But I am thankful for some of the significant transformations that have come to our congregation which I have played a small part in helping to bring about.

  • Susan Lawrence

    Is my leadership catalytic? …Is that a trick question? :-) When I yield to God and his calling (chapter 1!), when I’m humbly following him, my influence on others can be nothing other than catalytic, because it’s God’s work, not mine. However, I know that stating it is the easy part. Living it out and actually listening to and fully living God’s will out loud is the difficult part. Today, right now, I’m yielding. I’ll take the next moments one step at a time and trust God along the way!

  • James Fruits

    I long to grow to be a catalytic leader. I think that there are areas that I have been a catalytic leader, most recently leading a team of people to pass a levy for new money for our school district, in a very pessimistic and financially stretched city that had not passed a new levy in 20 years. I resonate with the 8 things Brad has identified as crucial for being a catalytic leader and want to get my hands on this book to continue growing in those areas.

  • David

    I appreciate leaders who are prepared to open themselves up and expose their flaws rather than carry on like they really have it all together.

  • Rob Cizek

    Success initiating change comes from knowingly clearly where you want to go, then aligning your organization to get there.

  • Steve Gillis

    Catalyst Conferences have served as a great inspiration to me and countless others. Thanks to Brad and so many others who’ve worked hard, taken chances, & served a great army of change-makers.

  • Brian

    Would love to learn more about being a catalytic leader. I am working on it being the right leader for my wife & family. Would love to read the book.

  • Beverly Capps Summitt

    I know I am a good leader, but catalytic? I would like to be.

  • Heath Stoner

    I have seen great change in being a youth pastor by serving my humble Senior Pastor. The collaboration he models is a testament to all of us workers.

  • turner_bethany

    This sounds like a great book. Putting it on my list of to-read books now.

  • amanda valantine

    Building trust with my team has given me a platform to initiate change in our culture. They know I care more about them as a person than a performer which helps them know I don’t just change to change. I change with the best of the team and the whole in mind. Sounds like a great book!

  • Rick A

    Calling allows one to press out without fear and thus being open. We can respond this way because the moment is filled with purpose when we walk in alignment with calling.

  • John

    The greatest example of change I have seen is in myself. I now understand that I am a servant leader first!

  • Sarah Dunn

    Thanks for giving us a good look at this new book!! I am super excited to get my hands on a copy of it!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Leslie Denman

    I utilize assessments to discover my teams natural and spirituals gifts and talents. Together we discuss how each member’s gifts and talents plays a vital part in moving the vision of the organization forward. When they use their natural and spiritual gifts, it enables them to be more authentic and therefore more effective.

  • Maurice F. Overholt

    I love the statement, “Spiritual ardor is integral not necessary.” I would love to have a copy of this book!

  • Vern

    I have always felt that a pastor/leader could drive an Oldsmobile (when they were being produced) or a Buick, which are just as good as Cadillacs. There is no need to impress others with what you drive. I guess that would be a description of “Cadillistic” leadership.

  • iamanoffering

    I’ve learned that when I serve others and truly cast vision that’s crystal clear that has been when change is initiated. When you are leading with the purpose of enriching the intellect and experience of your followers and getting people on board with the same vision, that seems to make the biggest change.

  • Tally Whitehead

    As small groups coordinator, I have tried to live by many of these traits, falling short at any given time. I seem to be lacking passion at the moment and I don’t know if it is a bump in the road or time to reevaluate calling. I need to read the book to find out!

  • Robert

    I believe that vision must be based on where you want to change, but if it doesn’t fit the personality of the organization, the leaders face push back when implementing change. The vision must constantly be interwoven and shared for organizational buy in to implement catalytic change.

  • Mario Nunez

    Sounds like a great read…Ordered.

  • Tracy K Pratt

    This term intrigues me. I do not consider myself a leader in a common misrepresentation of the word: charisma, extrovert, upfront with a sizable following. Yet, the word “catalyst” and characterization of leader in the book’s titles . The chemistry term “catalyst” makes me think of chemical elements quietly, maybe anonymously sitting in a bottle in chemistry lab. Character defines the movement and influence, which happens in a place of availability and relevance. “The Catalyst Leader” phrase greatly encourages me, an introvert with a large dose of spaciness and social uniqueness. The following does not define leadership. Calling does. Thanks for the post/review.

  • Mike Holmes

    Got my book with Ken Coleman’s in the same box. Great reads!

  • Diana

    As a mentor catalyst leader I find great insight from past leadership styles and adapting my style to them. Can’t wait to read this!

  • Earl Anderson

    I believe my leadership used to be catalytic, but has declined in my most recentes position as I feel I don’t have as much influence as I used to have. Some of my success were an increase in the use of technology in gaining quicker information for customers that call my division. This meant changing attitudes and increasing confidence in using the technology for better customer service.

  • Kelly J Youngblood

    I can’t say I *have* been a catalyst for changing anything…if I have changed anything, I don’t really know about it or it’s just been small ways that don’t really stand out.

  • Barbara Bishop

    I think this is a great book for parents to begin leadership in young men. We need more Christian leaders but often parents don’t know how to cultivate this. As a homeschooling mom with a son that has graduated and lost for direction on the next step, I feel this would help him greatly. Thank you for considering us.

  • David Sollars

    Michael, thank you for brining this resource to my attention. I especially resonated with your comments about a leader’s heart. Hearts that have been tested can be trusted, so a leader who has gone through a cross roads moment, grows in both awareness of action coupled with the consequences. I’ve experienced in my own life and by leading workshops that these critical moments that shape a leader’s life creates an ethical foundation to build strong relationships. Great catalyst moment today!

  • JeffreyB

    Leaders from my church went to the catalyst event last year and praised it. Looking forward to reading the book.

  • Nick Morris

    I look forward to reading! Always looking to improve leadership!

  • micahbgreen

    From the general idea I’m getting from this article, I would say that no, I’m not a “catalytic” leader. The area of “Hope”-assuming that refers to instilling it in others-is an area that I would like to grow in. Collaboration is one area that I feel that I have made some inroads in over the last year or so.

  • A.J. Watson

    When I think about the term catalyst I’m taken back to HS chemistry class, and what I remember most is that a catalyst helps to accelerate some sort of chemical reaction (often permanent) without necessarily suffering any major changes itself.

    So as I think about myself as a catalytic leader I believe I have been accelerating a significant, and hopefully permanent, change at the education non-profit I work for over the past 6 months. I don’t have an “official” leadership title, rather I work in an HR function on performance management. Through this position I have been able to meet with every person in the organization and plant seeds and introduce simple tools that are helping to create a more positive organizational culture.

    In particular I feel like Authenticity, Passion and Courage have been my key tools to catalyze this change. But I guess the real question will be, if I’m no longer here will these things still stick. Only time will tell.

  • Dr Carol Tanksley

    Helping other people change is huge to me. I think the impact we have on others is one of the best measures of success. I would love to know how to do that more effectively.

  • Jeremy Kimble

    I’ve always enjoyed Brad’s podcasts, I am sure this will be a welcome read on the topic.

  • Jbraugher

    Great ideas – would make an excellent sermon outline!

  • Melissa Wright

    I am always looking for ways to improve my leadership skills. I look forward to reading this book!

  • Kelly E McClelland

    A great way to measure ministry impact is to see the fruit. Over the past few years it has been my privilege to see many leaders grow due to the influence of the Catalyst events. This book has to be more “fruit” and like a good preserve, it likely captures the best of the best and enhances the impact of that fruit. Looking forward to reading it and passing along the fruit to others!

  • Teresa Moore

    In answer to your questions. Our leadership is catalytic. Some of our success has has come from showing our team that we genuinely care about them and imparting vision to reach beyond themselves. We are right in the midst of this change so this book is timely, can’t wait to read it!

  • Michael Lettner

    I’m not sure if I’ve been a catalytic leader at work, but am trying to do so at home with my little girls. But on the other side, I have seen the negative of not moving forward for it taking a lot longer to get work done because it has to be done the way it has always been done for the past 20 years.

  • Brett Barnett

    This looks like an awesome book, that can help each of us become the Catalyst we were created to be. I am not there yet, but still working at it.

  • Chris Vacher

    I don’t know if I’d qualify my leadership as catalytic but it’s definitely part of my personality and I have been able to learn from leaders who without a doubt fit that profile. This looks like a great book!

  • Brent Dumler

    My leadership is definitely more catalytic now than when I started 22 years ago (thank goodness). But I’m far from ‘arriving’ and am constantly trying to improve. Years ago, I experienced ‘success’ in initiating change by removing someone from leadership. This would go with #5, courage, listed in this post. I was 30 and she was a 60ish and an icon in the church. But she was causing more hurt than health in the children’s ministry. So I had to have a difficult discussion. It worked out fine and resulted in enormous growth following. That experience gave me great confidence to do the hard things when needed.

  • Angela Howard

    This book looks great! I love the emphasis on the heart of the leader. Can’t wait to read it!!

  • Rick

    I have been a fan of Catalyst for years, this book looks like an excellent compendium of wisdom for leaders.

  • Scott Fernandez

    I would be interested in reading this book. I am trying to initiate change in my department. I face an uphill battle and this could offer so insight on how to be more effective in making a change.

  • Andrea Aresca

    I’ve seen success when I showed real TRUST to the people I worked with and happiness to get things done with them.

  • Becky Williams

    I am really working on becoming a catalytic leader. I have started an online MBA program and I’m learning some great leadership skills that I hope to use in a management position someday, but I’m already applying them where I can in my life as I learn them.

  • zack verbracken

    To a certain degree, yes; I am definitely trying hard to make my leadership more Catalytic. I am 21 years old, and have recently come into a situation at a church where there have been many issues in the past in relation to the leadership. My team and I are really trying to slowly change the DNA of the youth group that I am a part of. So far, this process has been a fantastic one. It has been relatively smooth, and the response has been great. The changes much better fit the culture that the church is in. We are moving from a very traditional youth group to a more modern youth group that appeals to the area, where we have many unchurched teens from tough backgrounds.

  • Terry Hoggard

    My work is primarily with non-profits & change is critical to their effectiveness & ultimate survival! I am anxious to learn more on how to help leaders who are engaged in the process of change or culture development!

  • Lincoln Parks

    This is such a great resource tool for new Leaders, Old Leaders and those stuck. I feel that this resource is going to allow us to see Brad’s heart for truth and help other Leaders see you can be humble without trying to know it all and learn to grow and teach others.

  • George

    Sounds like a good one to read and to add to a leadership library. I am probably more of a Servant Leader but who knows! Not being a twitter fan (or face book) and probably due to my age, I will have to buy it but it will be worth it!

  • FBC Tampa Worship

    Few things feel better than helping inspire changes in others that last a lifetime! Catalyst leaders cultivate their way to changes infused with “staying power.” To be a better catalytic leader I must realize that every interaction I have with another human being is a chance to leave a lasting impression. I can’t assume I’m here for myself; the essence of a catalytic leader is for the benefit of others. I’m working hard to remind myself of that each day by facing my toughest critics and not backing down from healthy conflict.

  • Nathan

    I am currently leading and mentoring people and i want to make an impact and help them make an impact in the world. I love leadership and want to pass that on to them. I feel this book would help me alot

  • Tyler Neufeld

    I have had some experience in being catalytic: there have been instances where I have suggested a solution to a problem that was considered part of a project. It had not occurred to people that it could be corrected. The change was able to happen because I could relate the benefits to everyone involved. It’s only recently that I have been actively understanding what a catalyst leader is, and it is something I would like to pursue

  • Debbie Ring

    Yes, I do believe so. My passion is to help women get connected into the community of Christ, making and building relationships that unite and encourage them in their relationship with Christ.

    “The tools of influence are more accessible today that ever before. When
    barriers come down, participation goes up. That means a growing number
    of people are flooding into leadership roles, many of them unprepared” THIS statement strikes the core of our ministry.. we have seen such a surge in participation and women interested in leadership roles. I believe this book will help me to lead better, recognize potential and gifts in others as well as protecting hearts from being unprepared.

    Thank you for your blogs, God continues to use them to minister to my heart.

  • Polly Wick

    Most of my life I’ve thought of myself as a follower. After many years of study and focus on my passion, teaching journal writing, I’ve launched a blog, In writing I have discovered I am a leader as I share my vulnerabilities and weakness. I am leading women to follow my lead as they, who find themselves “strangers in their own life” find their calling and purpose through a writing relationship with Jesus.

  • Larry E. Clements

    That sounds like a very beneficial book, even for people like me, who have been in a leadership role for years. I am anxious to see what Brad wrote about the leader’s heart, which is far more important than many realize. Thanks!

  • Todd Conant

    I believe so…coming alongside people that wish to be leaders, and encouraging and coaching them helps them to be the best they can be…and believing in them when they don’t see what God sees in the them is so important…

  • Stan Stinson

    No, but I believe this book would help me to be a catalytic leader. I need a mirror, a map and a mentor and to learn how to be a bettor mentor to others.

  • Donna Downs

    So excited to read Brad’s new book. He has been a great leader of the important Catalyst movement. Thanks for sharing some copies with us!

  • Paul Jolicoeur

    What a great list! I would love to say I am a leader described by that list. The reality is, that I have varying degrees of each component of a catalyst leader.

  • Darin Campbell

    I’ve been a fan of Brad’s for years now as I’ve attended several of the Catalyst conferences. I’m excited to read his thoughts on what makes a catalyst leader. Hope I win a copy!

  • TheGreatDanaJ

    I would like to become a cataclytic leader. I’m working on building stronger leadership skills. Since I work in marketing, I’ve suggested new strategies for using social media in order to help our company use social media more efficiently for our executives

  • Jorge Silvestrini

    Iron sharpens iron – so reading this book will improve your leadership in some way, shape or fashion!

  • Mike Hansen

    I’ve discovered that rather than an visionary leader, I’m a catalyst leader: someone who invites and helps change. I don’t think I’m the “up front” and casting the vision person. I help create it-best in an intimate setting and can come along side people to lift them up. Still, I like speaking and preaching. I will read this book.

  • RJ

    As a new leader I’d say I possess those traits in different amounts at different times. I have a lot to learn on consistency. Where I’ve had success in the past is thorough passion and collaboration.

  • Scott Fravel

    yes…at least I hope it is catalytic. I think the greatest success in initiating change has been bringing others into new areas they have not been before…giving them opportunities to grow beyond their current circumstances or abilities.

  • William S. Monroe

    As a software engineer with no specific leadership role defined, I’ve realized I can become a catalyst of culture. This is probably the greatest impact I can make on the company at the moment outside of my normal duties, recognizing people for achieving great things, providing energy for the culture to be positive and familial.

  • Jim Orred

    Sounds like this book is taking new territory. I have to get it, cause I daily pour into young and new leaders.

  • Terry Hadaway

    In a conversation last night with a church friend, he remarked that my coming to our church has been a catalyst for thinking about what we’re doing. My simple question about church (and business) is this… if you could go back and start all over with no preconceived notions or expectations, would you build what you’ve got? If yes, great job. If no, what are you waiting for?

  • Josue Molina

    Another great book to add to my leadership collection.

  • Nancy Pay Brooks

    I have been in leadership postion in the retail world but would like to do better in my spritual growth would love a book

  • Holly Johns

    I am currently compiling a team of professionals that I have full confidence in
    yet a bit apprehensive in that they are WAY ahead of me and I want to keep up with — and with wisdom and humility in leading. Book sounds like what I need yesterday!

  • Bill

    Michael, thanks for introducing this book. As Director of Strategic Relationships for a software company I see my role as being the catalyst for change. We have seen significant progress because we practice Principle Centered activities. Being authentic and honest ( a rare value today ) to ourselves and our clients, has been the keys to our success. Looking forward to learning more from this book.

  • Simon Fogg

    Is your leadership “catalytic”? I always strive to be an initiator/galvaniser mainly in the area of applying information and knowledge to new situations. Where have you seen success in initiating change? Examples include (1) running John Maxwell’s Million Leader Mandate in our church which for the first time in our context brought together leaders in all walks of life including those who did not consider themselves to be leaders but were! (2) starting a 6-weekly multi-media All Age Worship event that has now been running for several years at our church (3) starting a monthly culture club that discusses films. books, music, TV programmes which again has been running for a few years.

  • Julie Sunne

    I appreciate Mr. Lomenick’s concern with leaders minding their hearts as well as their minds. The designation of “leader” shouldn’t be doled out lightly: Is the person really a leader or just in a role of authority? There is a big difference. This book sounds like required reading for the leadership bound.

  • Bill Robinson

    I have been asked by the local “meals on wheels” (which I have been volunteering for) to lead a new initiative to involve backyard gardeners in a project to plant a row in their garden for the benefit of those who receive meals. The goals are to grow the organization and add healthier, fresh food to their clients. We are working on the business plan now and have a goal of 25 participants in the first year. We live in a very large city so that is a very modest goal. We have a marketing person working with us and are building the structure and website.

    The benefits of that are obvious. What isn’t so obvious is to create a sense of community between these gardeners as well as the people who will be served what they grow.

    Our experience in initiatives like this is we have found it difficult to motivate people to get involved and energized.

    As I will be leading this, I need to boost my skills as a leader and motivator. This sounds like a tool that would be very helpful to us.

  • Heather Palacios

    Is my leadHership catalytic? I have read the playbook of my favorite Leader and I’ve learned from Him that my catalytic-ness depends on my servant-ness. Great leaders are even greater servants.

  • Wayne Owens

    If I am totally honest, I am not if I am yet a catalyst leader. But since I seem to be once again moving in the direction of leadership positions (both in work and lay ministry), I am interested in becoming the best leader that I can. My goal is to grow to be a great leader, not in fame or fortune, but in helping others become all that they can be. Hence my interest in The Catalyst Leader.

  • Caesar

    The hardest and definitely the most rewarding change I have seen in our organization is the change in our culture and in the hearts of our staff and volunteers to take our focus from internal to external, from what we prefer and are comfortable with to what others prefer and are comfortable with. It has been slow and it is an ongoing process but the signs are there and we are moving forward!

  • Rudy Pineda

    I will have to admit that I have not yet reached the level of catalyst leadership. Im working on having a greater influence between the group that I lead. The word catalyst is so powerful because it challenged me in this post to evaluate the activities that im managing. Am i really creating the change that i want to see in my group?

  • Daniel Ryan Day

    She walked in off the street and handed me a bag of children’s coats. I had never met her before. She saw a story on the news that featured a blog I was working on called 10 Days Without. I was going without a coat as a reverse coat drive — to get people to donate winter coats to my local rescue mission. It was the first time someone outside of my platform had heard about the blog, and had wanted to help with the problem. Not sure if that counts as “catalytic” but it meant a lot to me!

  • Kelly Bennett

    As a CEO leadership is paramount. I’d say honoring my passion and authenticity have been key to growing the company and recognizing when we’re off track and need to change direction.

  • Craig Sumey

    Calling – the first on the list – is key. In my experience everything returns to the issue of having a personal sense of being connected to a role or task – no one else could possibly do it the unique way I have been made to to do it.

  • Tony Chung

    I’ve been blessed to have been part of history making leadership teams, which led me to find my faith in Christ. My church experience has set me to expect more of my own leadership, and of the leaders I serve in my non-church roles.

    Change isn’t about technology, tools, or styles. Change is about people. When people are inspired by their own contributions to the cause, they serve wholeheartedly, and change naturally occurs.

    I just got the notice of Brad’s book release in my email. I agree
    wholeheartedly with Catalyst’s mission and vision, and wish them well in
    their success.

  • Kim Huerta

    I have found that being transparent on everything including my mistakes with my staff draws us closer as a team. As well, they are very supportive of me. When I’m having a rough day, they all quickly step in to see how they can assist or if there is anything they can take off of me for the day. I do the same for them. I have an amazing team!

  • Craig Altrock

    I can’t say my leadership is catalytic in that it predominantly produces change. Of course that is a critical aspect of leadership – charting a course and knowing when to prompt change. So, too, however is the need to hold others to a standard, to a higher expectation of living and loving. This kind of leadership may not be catalytic per se, but it is perhaps more of what is needed on a day to day basis even with people who are living through change.

  • JeanetteEdgar

    Calling and transparency are key elements, without that foundation a leader can be misguiding anyone who follows. Thanks for the post and the chance to get a copy of the book.

  • Roger Nielsen

    Catalytic-As my mentor John Maxwell wrote, Catalysts make things happen. At work at Chevron oil refinery, both my supervisor and a supervisor from another company have bought into and are implementing John’s leadership principles after watching me, talking with me, and reading John’s books.

  • Amy Thedinga

    I have seen change when I get my focus off myself and onto the people I am trying to lead. Loving others, encouraging them, and building them up is what initiates change.

  • Mike McGinnis

    I’ve seen change when enthusiasm for the task at hand is abundant within the group. This isn’t an easy task but if you have the right goals, proper passion, and manageable strategy behind your efforts, you’ve sparked something and that’s being a catalyst.

  • Elle Pyke

    Does an actual catalytic leader actually dub his/her leadership as “catalytic”? Just curious :)

    Being a young woman entrepreneur, who is becoming a shift disturber in my particular space, I can see tangible effects of initiating change. The biggest success I have had, is working to create buy in from all levels of our business, effecting change from the bottom up, not pushing down from above. Without a team of energetic and inspired individuals, the implementation of our ideas are dead in the water.

    Acknowledging the hustle and grind of our employees and empowering them to create change in their space, has empowered our whole team to be change agents.

  • Robert English

    I have produced change when I have been able to cast a clear vision that people wanted to achieve and then helped them develop a path to get there.

  • Kevin Lee

    Being a Chinese pastor I think it’s difficult to make changes without track record. What I mean by track record is that I think when people see that I have no hidden agenda and really transparent and care about them and not just the vision that’s when I see change happens. I think it’s important to have both vision and heart, the heart to want others to be leaders, that’s when I see change happens.

  • Bryan White

    I have been on staff at Effingham Assembly Church for 12 years now. When I first came our pastor was just starting the transition from a traditional to a more culturally relevant church. Part of my assignment has been to introduce and train individuals in the use of technology. My wife and I have also been extremely blessed to lead the children’s ministry. We have taken it from just a few volunteers to almost 30 leaders. I would say we have been catalytic leaders by introducing new methods and training and empowering others to carry the cause.

  • Drew Thomas

    Looking forward to reading this book. : )

  • Josh

    I’m not sure what it means to be a catalytic leader, but I do know that sometimes God asks me to step out, and sometimes He tells me to hold back. It’s been recently that I’ve experienced much more of the latter. It seems as though He wanted me to take big risks and steps of faith as a young leader, but He now wants me to be more intentional and mitigate the risks by slowing down. I see success ultimately when I follow His lead in that area.

  • Mike Mickey Amparan

    Even if I don’t win this book I will buy it.

  • KevinIvey

    I certainly hope so; at times I wonder but, I do strive to be intentional and to follow His leading and not so much my own, which tends to be selfish.

  • Angela Knepprath

    I wish I could say my leadership was “catalytic”, but I can’t say that it is… YET. I’m graduating with a degree in Management this year and have held a leadership position working full-time as a General Manager which I have found to be incredibly challenging. It seems that I make mistakes everywhere I go, and I need to have a humble heart to learn and continue to move forward. I’ve also lived my life learning the importance of working from a place of passion (doing what you love), courage (not letting the fear of failure/ other people’s status quo, etc. get in the way of positive change), authenticity (being true to yourself and not wearing a “social mask”), along with the other essentials spelled out in this book. The synopsis really hits home with me which makes me curious and excited to read it!! Change can be a scary process. People don’t like change, but I need to guide change everyday in my position.I hope by reading this book, it allows me to gain some perspective in how to implement it more effectively!

  • Jaco Devisser

    I aspire to show a leadership style that is “catalytic”. As I make the transition from working in the public sector to working for a non-profit organization I know that in order to successfully influence others for change, the right attitude and skills are crucial. I have seen God do some amazing things in our family’s life the last few years as we take steps of faith to make the changes He is asking us to make. Whether I win a copy of the book or need to purchase it, it’s one I hope to have on my bookshelf soon. Thank you Michael for sharing this blog post.

  • Kimberley Wiggins

    I believe that being a “catalytic” leader or even as I refer to my leadership style a “servant” leader requires you to be on a journey in which you never ever really reach the pinnacle of your success but you are continually trying to reach it. In that process you become sharper and more refined with each and every attempt to become the EXCEPTIONAL leader that drives your life and those around you. I cannot wait to read the book so that I can incorporate some of his principles into my servant leader regimen.

  • Steve Ibbotson

    I would be interested to read this book and see what, if anything, is different about it then most leadership books. Catalyst has some great resources for the church and seems to be high quality resources so I expect this will be the same

  • Paul Cornish

    I have recently begun a new leadership role and have seen early success in initiating a culture change by recognising and then affirming and celebrating the existing strengths and skill sets of my team. This has lifted the level of co-operation within the team and resulted in more successes and better outcomes for the team.

  • Shawn Miller

    I wouldn’t say that I’ catalytic, but my role does allow me to provide catalytic initiatives. I’m in charge of our intranet and so I’m able to build and implement business process enhancements that making significant changes in the way our staff our working.

  • Joe Lalonde

    I tend to lead with authenticity and have seen it draw people into the mission that we’re participating in. Whether it’s getting students to join in and find people to donate food to or to participate in a question and answer sermon. The authenticity brought encourages them.

  • Randal Kay

    One of the best places I have witnessed first-hand being a catalytic leader is on the soccer field. There is an great gratification when you are able to encourage a player and to show them a possible better way to move the ball down the field and then to watch them put that new knowledge into action. The results are clearly visible upon their faces and in the demeanor, not to mention their skill level.

    As a pastor for over 35 years, I could only pray that same kind of action would take place within the congregation. Sadly, I believe the people in church are for some reason less motivated to positive change than my players upon the soccer pitch.

  • Michelle C

    Mirror, map, mentors, to mirror, map, mentor. Keep repeating that to remember how important each type of model is to those you have influence around. Thanks for sharing this book with us Mr. Hyatt.

  • Matt L

    I would say my leadership is not “catalytic” yet, but I definitely want it to be. Where I’ve seen leadership become very “catalytic” is when the leader helps draw everyone to the same vision. And it’s when the team grows together and starts pursuing their God-given passions that incredible synergy starts to happen.

  • iamme

    By changing the way my team and I do production. Instead of doing things the “old way” we’re finding newer more modern ways of doing things.

  • Anthony Dina

    Wow. Catalytic Leadership. Is there any other kind? The reason why leaders exist is because the status quo needs to change. And tribe doesn’t intuit how. I’m glad that Michael never gives up to be intentional. Thanks for the “lead” :)

  • Mark Morris

    Great litmus test for me, am i acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with mu God?

  • Justin Blass

    I am intrigued by the idea of using a book as a mentor. So often we move from book to book craving that hit of intellection stimulation. I think mentoring as a whole is an area of drought that young leaders can find themselves in.
    I would be interested to know what about this book makes you suggest it as a mentor? To ask another way, why would you pick it up over and over again?
    Also are there any other books that mentor you (or anyone else out there)?

  • deandeguara

    I do have a catalytic leadership style. I am a change agent in a church that just celebrated 50 years! Not always the easiest environment. One of the key changes I’ve made is help moving away from a single pastor centric style of ministry. A team approach has given our church a new vitality!

  • Eric Friesen

    One on one interaction. From student ministry, to discipleship, to overall mission and direction, the coffee-level communication is what has fueled mission in my context more than anything else. Spreading the word at a human level is my way.

  • Courtney Olson

    In situations where I have been intentional with listening and building relationships with my team, I have been a catalyst. Once I build a foundation of trust, then I can begin to create change.

  • Jake

    I’m striving to be a catalytic leader. I want to better equip those I lead to have lasting improvement that helps them accomplish our mission in the lives of the at risk students we serve. I incorporate new systems or processes that are harder to adapt to generally at two times during our work year. One is for the new school year and the other is mid-year. This allows staff time to understand the change and better fit it into their natural work flow. Major change at other times, unless necessary, is too disruptive. Thanks!

  • Gina Mahon

    I would like to hope that I am becoming a Catalytic Leader. It is a constant daily process and I am a lifelong learner through trial and error. I have noticed that I have been most successful at initiating change when I am first the example. Whether it is in the home, business, church, or social circles we have to be excited about what we are doing. Enthusiasm is contagious. People will naturally want to follow that. In fact, I want to follow that.

  • Kim Cordes

    I would love for others to call me a catalyst leader as I love ro inspire positive change.
    The greatest change has been my turning from living for self to living for God. I am now in a position to teach women weekly about God. There have been many individual testimonies of change as a result of God’s work.

  • Deborah

    It is my hope that others consider my leadership be catalytic since I stride for change that positively inspire others to take another look and/or move in another direction. In other words, help to understand that it is not too late!

    The greatest successful change was with youth and young adults to plan for their future based on what motivates them instead of just doing something to make others happy.

  • Matt McWilliams

    I am now. It took what felt like a lifetime (AKA 6 years) to figure it out though.

    I’ve written about it on my site, but I was not influential before because I was not:


    I fixed them in reverse order.

  • JT

    For the first time our organization is embracing a change in culture where shared values and passion for our work is common in our workplace. I consider it a great accommplishment without formal leadership training but I know enough to know I must continue to seek wisdom and guidance on the topic! Thanks to your fantastically insightful leadership development and guidance.

  • alex7wilson

    I strive to be a catalytic leader. I feel the most important component of creating waves that initiate change is casting a compelling vision with clarity.

  • Matt McClelland

    Our church initiated a culture change from staff led ministry to volunteer led ministry, and were able to move to 80% congregation participation in ministry and volunteer leaders over every ministry area.

  • Paul McGuire

    I am working towards this daily. I recently changed roles in a radical way, leaving IT to become a professional development trainer and leadership coach in my company. By making this move, I have seen change in my own life manifest in a big way. My challenges today to become more catalytic are to exhibit more courage and collaboration. One, because it requires me to stretch my comfort zone daily. Two, because I need the support of senior leaders to validate my credibility and allow me to impact their organizations.

    • Kyle Musser

      This is great @PWMcGuire:disqus! I can relate as my first role coming out of college has been in IT & Management Consulting. Congrats on the new role & the goals you’ve set. Wish you all the best!

      • Paul McGuire

        Thanks Kyle! It isn’t without it’s challenges but it is definitely worth it.

  • Lorie Winslow

    Leaders are constantly learning and adapting to change. Being a school leader I realize that I must not be complacent in my actions but continue to grow and learn each day!

  • Marc Buxton

    I’m excited about this book as well. I registered a few weeks ago to be on Brads social media blitz team, complete with a free e-copy of the book. It’s one of my next reads.

    I think being a catalytic leader is mostly about influencing the culture around you. This is especially true if you are a senior leader, then you can craft the culture in a large part. A healthy culture in an organization is the best catalyst for others to give their game changing input.

    I’m glad to live in a time where these ideas can be discussed and promoted so freely, enabling us all to be better leaders.

  • Tawanda Hojane

    I don’t have anything smart to say except that I can’t wait to get my hands on this book and devour it. Your take on the makes me think this is definitely a must-read.

  • Adriano Faria

    Just from going through those eight essentials I fell immediately drawn to this book. It also resonates with a lot of the input Michael is putting out on the podcast. I am not in a leadership position, not even close to it, but I think in a way, everyone in a company must act as one. Obviously those who are not leaders cannot decide over every issue,but we can be leaders to the extend of helping to create a positive work environment and act as a role model to people around us.

  • Tammy

    I see myself as a change agent, though at times it seems difficult to affect change, when trust isn’t extended or there’s strict structures in place. The 8 essentials above are certainly timely for today’s leadership and I’d love to learn more about what it means to be a catalytic leader.

  • Thomas Green

    As a writer of inspirational verse I am aware that my calling from The Lord carries elements of leadership. In my own fashion I take on the role of being a catalyst whenever a reader’s heart is stirred and they are encouraged, exhorted, taught or convicted. As a messenger of poetic love letters from above I am personally amazed at how God works in a variety of ways to fulfill my portion of His master plan. Since it is desirous for me to grow in my personal capacities toward my goal of becoming a more effective leader I am struck at the timing of becoming aware of this literary work on leadership development

  • Zenon

    I have built a tribe of a few thousand fans eager to share with others their experience in the field of genealogy, which is their passion. Everything is happening through a platform I manage. I hope to continue this venture but I know there is so much challenges so I want to be prepared :-).

    Regards from Poland!

  • terry huggins

    Looking forward to the book. I’m a regular listener to Catalyst podcast based in the UK and have taken many ideas into the workplace.

  • Aaron Bushell

    My leadership is in many ways catalystic. I’ve gone into places and teams that were run down and burned out and I’ve been successful in reinvigorating them through several of the points you hit on in your post- authenticity, passion, courage. I could certainly stand to improve my leadership through calling, capability, and collaboration. The thing I have most experienced is that by providing authenticity and hope, that many people will be drawn to you and your leadership style as a result. This was very true back in my banking days.

  • Dennis E. Neville

    The ideas in the book sounds challenging and very useful. Although now based in Johannesburg, I have just completed three years in a rural setting in Swaziland where I saw the power of catalytic leadership first hand. As it came time for my season to change, the danger signs that indicated that it was time to move on were the very fact that I was no longer able to bring about change (both because of my own issues and those of the organization). I look forward to seeing how the book addresses this.

  • Rohit Sharma

    I wish and try hard to become a catalytic leader. Be
    it in my own life or in the society, every change for good needs a revolution. I
    try creating such waves that initiate change with the help of my writings.

  • Kelli Wommack

    Sounds like a terrific book – would love to read it!

  • John Sauer

    Can’t wait to get it. If Brad’s weekly comments on the podcast and interviews is any indication of what this book is about it is destined to be a classic.

  • Kelli Wommack

    I am in the process of initiating change with my staff in the area of leadership development. We have been reactive instead of proactive in this area, and we are beginning a more intentional strategy.

  • Tim Hart

    I try to be catalytic. I love implementing change by influencing people.

  • Jeff Goins

    I like the idea of legacy in leadership. John Maxwell opened my eyes to this, and it changed the way I approached all my relationships, particularly positions of leadership. I started entering situations, asking, “How can I leave this place or these people better than I found them?” It set me free (and made me a much better leader.

    • Michele Cushatt

      John Maxwell did the same for me. I’ll never forget a presentation where he talked about never leaving a conversation without adding value to the other person first.

      • Jeff Goins

        Ooh, nice!

    • Paul McGuire

      Jeff you’re right. I’m leading a 7 Habits for Managers series at work and we are currently working on Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind. As part of that session attendees write their Contribution Statement, what impact they want to leave on the organization upon their departure. It can be powerful and bring you back to center when it feels like your world is falling apart.

  • Eric Clark

    I have found, as you’ve noted, that “minding my heart” has been the difference-maker in my career. Too many people get it backwards. It starts with the heart.

  • C. Crook

    Change is always difficult. Putting yourself out there can be uncomfortable, especially when there is gravity pulling you towards the status quo. Perhaps too much at times, I embrace change with the idea that we can always do things better.

  • TNeal

    “Life’s too short for bluffing …” That’s tweetable.

    Where have you seen success in initiating change? When I think of a church where I served as pastor, I initiated a number of changes, but none lasted except where my passion connected with the passion of others–the place where I provided the match, the people provided the fuel, and together we made fire.

  • Will Laohoo

    While I’m not sure I would call my leadership “catalytic,” I have started to see that probably the most effective way to lead is by example. In today’s world where it’s hard to discern fact from fiction, while words have power, I don’t know that words alone are enough to inspire people to action. Words can help them feel better and help them see the need for action, but it often takes someone taking the extra step to lead by example to inspire them to actually do something. Influence is still an uphill battle for sure, but I always want to stay incredibly humbled anytime people get on board with something that I’m doing.

    I’ve initiated change on multiple occasions in work, life, and ministry, but I’ve found that it really only sticks if I do a good enough job of making a case for it, and it’s something that speaks well into the other teammates’ situations. If I don’t do a good job of “selling,” people can easily lose heart and give up, but if I make a point to sell the benefits and paint a picture of a better situation at the other end of the dip, I tend to see more success.

  • Roger Messner

    Great post Michael! Now I am even more excited for Brad’s book.

    Huge fan of the Brad Lomenick & Catalyst Podcast!

    Yeah, even that “Ken recommends” guy ;-)

    I am not a “professional” leader (ie. pastor type or CEO) but through the podcast Bead & Ken have encouraged me to recognize the value and influence that we as “lay” leaders have.

    I am certain that “The Catalyst Leader” will not disappoint and is on my must read list for this year.

    After last weeks Catalyst Podcast I even added Ken Coleman’s “One Question” to that “must read” list. Although, I think I am going to wait for the coloring book version I am sure Ken will release for the Youth Pastors.

  • Elizabeth Lecavalier

    One of my favourite quotes that I’ve heard from this book is: “Leaders who make the biggest impact also have the strongest sense of calling.” I really love how this quote helps us have a different perspective on leadership. In Scripture, every great leader was first preceded by a calling and I think it’s even truer today. This book seems to be life-changing (although one needs to read it first to find it out!). I really look forward to read this book this year!

  • Ricky Sant

    I have leadership roles at work, home, at my church and in some extra-curricular aspects of my life. In some ways, my role has been catalytic but there is some much more I want to learn and improve on. I believe in paying it forward and being an effective leader will help me touch the lives of many people in a positive way and effect change for the better. I have seen some success particularly at church and would like this to cross over to other areas so no matter what I do and where I do it, my leadership will be catalytic.

  • dami okuneye

    I won’t say my leadership is entirely catalytic yet, but i’m growing. Taking it day-by-day, step-by-step, opportunity-by-opportunity, interaction-by-interaction. I’m making progress.

  • Jonathan Harrison

    Unlike the definition we see in chemistry, as a catalytic leader, I find that I am changed in the proces of creating change. It is important to ask ourselves in the midst of change, especially if things are not going the way we want, “what am I learning?”

    • Michele Cushatt

      So true. Change usually feels painful, and whenever we feel discomfort we tend to ask, “What’s wrong?” Flipping the question to “What am I learning” can change the experience.

  • Otis Pierson

    I started reading this book this morning, it is so good! It begins by Brad telling how he started out of college working on a dude ranch – not what I expected! He also states that to be a “catalytic leader” you need to exhibit all 8 of the characteristics, not something I currently do. Brad, however, does exhibit these traits and it is reflected in the work he does. The Catalyst Conference is fantastic and so well done, it is the best leadership event I have ever attended.

  • Kailey Firm

    I cannot say that my leadership is necessarily catalytic, yet. I have always taken leadership roles in groups and on sports teams but now I am seeking a way to inspire a more meaningful change and be a leader that can be an example for others. As a young adult, I am still looking for ways to grow and mold my future. I am somewhat of an overachiever and am constantly seeking ways to volunteer, lead, and help others. At my college, I see examples of successful adults initiating change on a daily basis and their examples have led me to hunger for more guidance in developing my passion for leadership.

  • James Hauptman

    Haven’t been to Catalyst yet; but listen to all their podcasts and would love to dig into Brad’s book!

  • Shannon Milholland

    My hubby who is a far greater leader than I says that your ability to lead through change is the number one determinant of your success. Love this article!

    • Michele Cushatt

      Wise husband. :)

  • Karl Mealor

    Sounds like a great read and some worthwhile training in leadership. Hope to win a copy.


  • Kyle Musser — Found this great interview to follow up the post, figured I’d share w/ the group! :)

  • Kyle Musser

    Michael, appreciate the reaction & thoughts on how to best approach the book 1) As a mirror, 2) As a map, 3) As a mentor. I know many times when looking at a new read or actually diving into a book, I can & could have benefited from this advice! I think that’s an excellent framework that many of us can continue to use not just w/ this book, but w/ other ones as well. Thanks for sharing & have a great week everyone!

  • Jennifer

    Great article. I never saw myself as leader until a few years ago when I had an opportunity to lead a small group at church and now, stepping into a role of the singles community leader. I’ve learned that being a leader can be very lonely at times and challenging as we face many decisions. One thing I have found that has been a game changer for me is to make sure I am getting into the word daily and have a personal development plan. I am very thankful for Catalyst and its resources, and also, I had an opportunity to hear Michael Hyatt speak at a leadership conference where I was by far the youngest person there. It’s been so neat to look back and see how God has prepared me and expanded my platform of influence.

  • Marci Daniel Elliott

    I know many people who have attended Catalyst and have heard wonderful things but I’ve been unable to attend any of the events myself. Having seen many people put into leadership positions before they are ready, I have a growing passion for leadership training and development. This book looks great and I look forward to gleaning from Brad’s insight and experiences. Thanks for recommending it!

  • Clem Boyd

    I’m glad he separates passion and courage. They compliment one another but are very different.

  • Danny Patterson

    I can say that I am a catalytic leader. I am doing something that has not been done before in my small groups ministry praying that small groups participation will multiply. Church leadership is all new to me and I am learning on the go. I read many books and blogs on leadership and attempt to put what I learn to practice. I do enjoy what I do. It is my passion for people to get connected and develop relationships. I would be interested in a free book. Never won much in my life.

  • Paul Burnell

    I saw some success when leading a church small group with my wife. With a mixed group – some not sure if they had come to faith, some very vocal and others very quiet, but they become a good tight-knit supportive group who watched out for each other – just what we were aiming for.

  • Brian Hill

    I wish I could say my leadership is catalytic but I am afraid that would be a bit overstated. I have seen change take place and for me it starts at the relational level. I have never been able to initiate change apart from selling the vision relationally.

  • Wade_Thorson

    The Catalyst information is something new to me, but from what I have now read it looks very valuable. It looks like a book that will have to go on my future reading list. Thanks.

  • Matthew Anderson

    I am in the process of beginning a new direction in leadership and ministry. I will certainly need to be a Catalyst leader, so i will get any resources to help with that.

  • Tanya Kinney

    Would love to read it…Audio book soon?

  • Frank

    Sometimes, I serve in a multi-culture immigrant church and one culture responds better to change than the other. It is usually easier to initiate change in an entirely new area of ministry focus than to change the already existing ones.

  • Michael J Newsome

    I’ve seen change made in my workplace. The more you intentionally lead in silent the more you are able to lead when given time to talk

  • Brad McCullouch

    Question 1: My leadership is not Catalytic! But needs to be.
    Question 2: I have most recently seen success in insisting change at home- where it matters most. Brad McCullouch

  • Justin Hiebert

    The heart of a leader is very important. Good things with a bad heart can ruin everything.

  • Deanna

    Brad’s eight essentials of leadership is already motivating me. Can’t wait to read!

  • Karen Davis

    Absolutely love Catalyst and I’m so excited to read Brad’s book! We’ve experienced a lot of change in the last year on our staff and I’ve certainly had a role in initiating some of it. I like the idea of using this book as a map to do a better job.

  • Joseph

    I really try to be catalytic. I’m a teacher, and I teach bible classes to public school students. The class is an elective option for high school teenagers in our county. So many of these students have never learned what it means to have a true Biblical worldview. I am fighting my hardest every day to ignite these students’ hearts for Jesus and motivate them to change the pattern for teens in this world. Change is critical.

  • Steady Eddie

    The eight essentials sound like common sense but tough to possess as the whole package. I hope I’ve shown these traits. Would love to read this book.

  • Amanda Harris

    I think my leadership is sometimes catalytic, but it could use some work. I’d like to learn from Brad about leadership; Catalyst conference is always awesome!

  • Merinne

    I am a catalyst leader in my relationships. I can’t help but try to draw out the best in the people around me and lead them to take on bigger and better opportunities. Haven’t yet turned that into business leadership, but I’m working on it. :)

  • Jennifer Ledet

    I work with senior leadership teams, and as such, I aim to model continuous learning and try to read everything I can get my hands on regarding this topic. I hope that my leadership is catalytic, but I know that there is always room for improvement! (If i rest I’ll rust!) Looking forward to reading this new resource!

  • James G

    Work is a constant race to change ahead of the tide, can we change quickly enough?

  • Jon Stolpe

    I’ve been catalytic in creating a culture of gratitude at my place of employment. Every Thursday, I send out at least one hand-written thank you note to a deserving recipient in my office. The results have been amazing!

  • Mark Heywood

    Sometimes, but I would love to learn how to be an agent of change more often in my leadership. I have had great success in initiating change by influencing others in my workplace, my family, my church and most importantly – myself.

  • Deanne Herckt

    I learned long ago not to treat everyone the same. Humans aren’t clones; we’re individuals, and should be treated as such. Different people and personality types respond to different types of feedback and motivation. When we treat our individual team members like the uniquely exceptional people they are, we will often be amazed at the results.

  • Jason Matyas

    Looking forward to getting more in depth about the eight essentials of Catalyst Leaders!

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  • emma

    I use in leadership several approaches. One that has been imcredible is using John G Miller’s QBQ. My team knows not to even approach with a question unless there is an idea for a solution at least in their minds. I also use Gary Chapman’s Five languages of appreciation in the workplace. Happy employees make for excellent work. Hire slowly and wisely in order to get the right fit on your teams. Trust is a huge thing for me. This helps with that accountability on the team and helps me to avoid the vicious cycle of micromanagement. Looking forward to this book. Cant wait to see what I can apply even if I dont win I plan to still read.

  • Anne Arvizu

    Looking forward to reading Brad’s book. Thank you, Michael!

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  • Jonathan Watson

    I’ve seen successful change when a leader gets a core group of dedicated people behind the idea.

  • Beth Ingersoll

    I am not formally a “leader” yet, in the shape of management, but I will be temporarily in the near future. I hope to be an influential leader, so I’m sure this book would be very valuable to me! The department I’m “inheriting” has a lot of miserable employees that fight and grumble constantly, to the extent that their supervisor couldn’t take it anymore and quit. I have never been in charge before, so I need all the help I can get! That department needs a lot of change–for the better!

  • mathewgreen

    I am so excited that this book is available. I am a teacher, leader and mentor in Australian..bring on Catalyst Australia..I am really excited to get a copy of the book and cant wait to start implementing it

  • Travis Standley

    For me, effective efforts in change leadership is most effective when all ideas are considered in a spirit of diplomacy and collaboration. Coercion never works. Ideas and support have to be bought into.

  • Michael Morejon

    As a public school teacher I have seen changes in schools that I’ve worked in. I’ve been able to been an ear for several students to voice their issues, or I’m just able to just be kind to them and it really does mean something to them.
    Also, serving in my church here in Miami, called El Rey Jesus (King Jesus Ministries) has been a blessing. I’ve had the privilege to lead many to Christ, help the needy, pray for those who are going through a LOT of things I can’t imagine, and serve the community and the thousands of people that attend the church. As a newly married husband, serving my wife is also something I consider as being a leader, because I need to be a leader to her, and though I fail sometimes (I’m not perfect…not in Heaven yet!) I continue to learn from others, seek advice, and try my best to not be closed minded when I feel Holy Spirit speaking to me where I need to make changes. Again, not perfect, just trying to be real and transparent.
    P.S. Praying in Jesus name I get that book!!!

  • Leah DiPascal

    I love change but I’ve discovered that most people around me avoid it like the plague. I think initiating change successfully comes when I can cast a clear vision, communicate clearly with those around me, and be willing to work along side of them to make positive change happen.
    I’ve never been to Catalyst but it’s on my bucket list. I’d LOVE to receive a copy of Brad’s new book, The Catayst Leader!
    Thank you, Leah D.

  • gordon tredgold

    I like the 8 traits i think they absolutely spot on

  • Cassandra

    As a future leader, I hope to be catalytic. I’ve been watching our church leader turn our congregation from inwardly focused to externally focused.

  • Terry Ledford

    I agree that it’s easier to become a leader with current technology. Seth Godin’s book tribes presents this well. I also agree that it is very easy to burn one’s self out trying to make this happen quickly and not leaving enough margin to stay in balance.

  • Tomi Grover

    I have been called a provacatuer – someone who provokes people to good works. I am curious if that is similar to what he describes as a catalyst…

  • Steve Prosser

    I am a missionary at a mission college in South Africa but will be
    getting involved in leadership training and church planting in Europe
    over the coming months. Transitioning into this new work will be a
    challenge for me and I am therefore currently doing everything I can to
    improve the quality of my leadership skills.

  • Bert Wong

    Sounds like a very thought-provoking book!

  • JenFlan

    I think this is is very relevant to me, and I appreciate the post! It’s one thing to see needs and even possible solutions to problems. But, knowing the BEST solution, the best timing and the best way to approach it has been more challenging for me. I’m not interested in jumping in just for the sake of “doing” but in creating sustainable solutions so that I don’t, as you mention, burn out and so that the solution truly solves the problem and is able to last. Good food for thought today, thanks!

  • Aurelia Evers Weems

    Just ordered the kindle version so could start reading right away.

  • Zack Williamson

    I am a church planting pastor who desperately needs to read this. Probably will regardless of a win or not, but thank you for the opportunity to win the book.