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How to Lead When You're Not in Charge
Zondervan Academic

How to Lead When You're Not in Charge

Are you letting your lack of authority paralyze you? This course will help you learn to grow your influence—and start making a difference—right where you are.

At a Glance

  • Introduction to leadership skills to help you influence when you lack authority
  • Access to all course material—video lectures; lessons; key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the ebook "How to Lead When You're Not in Charge" within the course and via an eReader
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


60 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

Authority is not a prerequisite for leadership. Too many people spend their lives waiting for the authority to lead, missing out on opportunities they will never get back. The truth is: great leaders don’t wait to be in charge to begin leading.

Author and pastor Clay Scroggins explains what is needed to be a great leader—even when you answer to someone else. In this course, you will discover:

  • The common identity traps that snag leaders
  • How to approach ambition in healthy ways
  • What you can learn from a less-than-stellar boss
  • How to deal with a dead-end job—do you stay or do you go?

Clay shows leaders the importance of healthy self-leadership, how to choose positivity and think critically, and why great leaders must reject passivity.

Whether you’re just getting started on your leadership journey or you’ve been at it for years, you’ll see why you don’t have to wait for a new title or promotion to start making a difference.

This course will show you how to lead right where you are—right now.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. The Oddity of Leadership
  3. Identity Crisis
  4. Reclaim Kibosh
  5. Lead Yourself
  6. Choose Positivity
  7. Think Critically
  8. Reject Passivity
  9. Challenging Up
  10. Breaking Down Challenging Up
  11. Your Next Chapter Starts Today
  12. Final Exam


About the Technology

Author & Instructor

Clay Scroggins
Clay Scroggins

Ph.D., Emory University

Clay Scroggins is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church, providing visionary and directional leadership for all of the local church staff and congregation.

As the original and largest campus of North Point Ministries, ranked by Outreach Magazine in 2014 as the Largest Church in America, NPCC averages over 12,000 people in attendance. Clay works for Andy Stanley, one of the greatest leaders on the planet, and understands firsthand how to manage the tension of leading when you’re not in charge.

Starting out as a facilities intern (a.k.a. Vice-President of Nothing), he has worked his way through many organizational levels of North Point Ministries and know all too well the challenge of authority deprivation. Clay holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a Master’s degree and doctorate with an emphasis in Online Church from Dallas Theological Seminary. He lives in Forsyth County, Georgia, with his wife, Jenny, and their four children.