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About LifeandLeadership

About LifeandLeadership.com

What is LifeandLeadership.com?

LifeandLeadership.com was prepared with one mission in mind:

To help people grow into the best version of themselves and thereby live and lead more effectively.

It began in 2000 as a simple website to present a few consulting models and resource links. It expanded in 2012, and was updated to its current format in 2018. Here I blend almost four decades of ministry and over twenty years of consulting, coaching, and university/seminary teaching into a resource for those who want to change deeply, live purposely, and lead effectively. (see BIO)

What LifeandLeadership.com IS…

  • A platform for my voice on life and leadership - Here I express my passion for both leadership and life. I have no profound statement on how the two are connected, but simply find that each dimension naturally bleeds into the other, thus LifeandLeadership.com.
  • A description of coaching services for life and leadership - I am an ICF-credentialed coach (ACC), with over twenty years and hundreds of hours of intentional conversations that empower individuals and groups to fully live out their calling. I am also professionally certified in helpful instruments such as DISC, Clifton Strengths Finder, Enneagram, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Grip-Birkman, Birkman Signature Series, Team Dimensions, Conflict Styles, and others. These psychometrically validated profiles are excellent means of self-awareness and intentional change.
  • An annotated, continuously updated, and web-interactive guide to resources on life and leadership. It summarizes and/or categorizes over 1,500 books on life and leadership generally and provides numerous Leadership Resource Guides. Each guide usually begins with a brief essay, followed by a categorized menu to help you go straight to your subject of interest. Books are listed under the categories, often in recommended order, with thumbnail descriptions and a link to a separate page for each book. Titles listed before 2012 have a unique book summary feature with an expanded description, cross-referencing for browsing of related resources, and a publisher’s description and author bio. Titles listed after 2012 have a direct link to Amazon.com.
  • A mobile-friendly resource. The site is useful at home or office, but also on the road, at the airport, in the library, or at the bookstore.

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What LifeandLeadership.com is NOT…

  • A boring list of books. It is a collection of helpful guides to some of the better books on leadership, with enough description to help you compare related tools. The site is deep enough to browse for hours at a time, but is also lean enough for you to find what you need quickly.
  • A blog on the latest and greatest titles. The resource guides are current, and in most cases will list the newer books. But the purpose is not so much to feature new books as it is to carefully place titles in subject categories that allow honest comparison with others on the same subjects. More importantly, it seeks to demonstrate how each book enhances life and leadership.
  • A series of book reviews. The site does not provide “reviews” in the technical sense. It categorizes, summarizes, and reflects on the helpfulness of books for life and leadership, and most often includes only what I want to say for these purposes. My viewpoint bleeds through, which is unavoidable, but I try to be fair to the authors and appreciate the wisdom of many voices.
  • A bibliographic service – If you wonder what I would suggest on a topic, it’s already on the site. I do not provide bibliographies on demand.
  • The final answer to all your needs in life and leadership - This ought to go without saying, and I chuckle over putting it in writing. I do not have all the answers. I have noticed over the years that I excel at knowing “where to go for what.” The site, particularly the resource guides, simply put this information into a usable format. If it helps leaders to be more effective and confident, it serves its purpose.

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Who Is It For?

LifeandLeadership.com is targeted to three groups:

  • For All Who Influence Others Through Their Leadership - The articles, resources, and services of coaching/consulting featured on this site are targeted toward all who are serious about becoming the best version of themselves in life and leadership.
  • Leadership Professors, Intern Directors, Consultants, and Coaches - Bibliographies are standard fare in academia. The site content actually emerged out of my own class bibliographies. Like me, most professors prepare their own lists, and this site certainly will not eliminate that need. It is my hope, however, that academics in all areas of leadership will find it useful for their classes. It is easy for students to use, and the Resource Guides (and pre-2012 Book Summaries) are well-suited for features in class (e.g. on-screen projection). The site has much the same value for intern directors, consultants, and coaches who need to make targeted recommendations.
  • Practicing Church Leaders - The first version of this site focused on those in the trenches of church leadership, especially with established congregations (though church planters also find help). This remains an important part of the site. I spent over 20 years as a lead minister in churches ranging in size from 80 to 800. For over 20 years, I have trained church leaders on both college and seminary level. I also maintain an active consulting practice, including interim ministries. I understand church leaders, and my heart goes out to them, whether paid and unpaid, trained or untrained, new or long-term, ordained or not, trained or in-training (I used the site extensively in my classes).

The design is simple…

  1. You need a resource.
  2. You go to the Resource Index and find your topic.
  3. You browse through the Resource Guides to find the best book or books for your needs. The goal is to help you make an informed selection in a timely manner. The Resource Guides may also expose you to the range of issues on that subject.
  4. You access your favorite bookstore and order the book.
  5. You are better equipped for leadership.

See also How to Use The Site.

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Who Writes the Material?

Aside from the publisher’s descriptions and author bios in the book summaries, and a few other places as noted, I write the material.

The sole authorship is a plus and a minus. The plus is you know the content is mine, and can recognize it as such, limitations and all. If you read through the BIO you will see I bring reasonable credentials to this work. Even so, there is the minus that the content is only mine. It is far from all you need. Part of the reason for linking to the bookstores is to allow you to read the comments of other reviewers.

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What Are The Terms of Use?

Click Terms of Use to learn more.

What Is Your Privacy Policy?

Click Privacy Policy to learn more.

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Bio, Carlus Gupton

Personal Introduction  |  Professional Brief


Personal Introduction

My name is Carlus Gupton. I am blessed to be married to Ann for 35 years, and we have two grown daughters, Katlyn and Erin. Ann and I live in Memphis, Tennessee.

By God’s grace, I get to do the meaningful work of teaching seminary students whose dreams and commitments inspire me, and whose lives make a difference in countless others. I also enjoy coaching and consulting church leaders. This site extends these ministries.

I was raised in western Kentucky, and spent most of my youth anticipating a career as a musician. After my conversion at age 17, a call emerged, not away from the melodies and harmonies that still give me great joy, but to a life of ministry. A mentor took me under his wing, and a patient community of believers invited me to preach for them every Sunday.

I trained at Freed-Hardeman University, Lipscomb University (B.A.), Harding School of Theology (M.Div.), and Abilene Christian University, Graduate School of Theology (D.Min.), with additional studies along the way at Murray State University, University of Memphis, and University of Tennessee Knoxville.

I have been in some form of ministry for more than forty years, starting when I was midway through my junior year of high school, through college, and on to twenty years of full-time ministry for congregations ranging in size from 80 to 1,100. During most of this I have been closely connected to the college and seminary environment. In 2001, I transitioned into teaching full time. My current role is Professor of Ministry, Director of Field Education and Co-Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Harding School of Theology, and Adjunct Professor at Johnson University. Previously, I was Professor of Ministry at Johnson University (2001-2013), and also taught at the University of Tennessee School of Communication Studies (2001-2011). I teach courses in church leadership, spiritual formation and conflict, and have also taught biblical and theological studies.

I am also founder and publisher of LifeandLeadership.com, a website with over 1,500 pages of resources for church leaders, and DISCPersonalitySource.com, a website featuring the DISC Profile System.

I began consulting in 1996, and hold extensive certifications:

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Professional Brief

Dr. Carlus Gupton is Professor of Ministry, Director of Field Education, and Co-Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Harding School of Theology, and Adjunct Professor at Johnson University. Previously, he was a professor at Johnson University (2001-2013) teaching ministry, Bible and theology, and also taught at the University of Tennessee School of Communication Studies (2001-2011). Prior to this, he spent twenty years as a preaching minister for congregations in Tennessee and Alabama.

Carlus teaches courses in church leadership, spiritual formation and conflict on both masters and doctoral levels, and has also taught New Testament, theology and communication. He also maintains an active schedule of consulting and coaching, and has worked with over 100 churches and organizations.

Dr. Gupton is the founder and publisher of LifeandLeadership.com, a website with over 1,500 pages of resources for church leaders, and DISCPersonalitySource.com, which features the popular DISC Profile System.

He and his wife, Ann, have two grown daughters, Katlyn and Erin. Ann and Carlus live in Memphis, Tennessee.

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