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Real Women Leading: With Proverbs 31 Values
Becoming the leader
God aspires for you to be
Maxwell leadership coaches offer
ten biblical principles for leading in today’s
The majority of Christian women are familiar with the
example of the godly woman described in Proverbs 31. Her characteristics are
most frequently associated with a woman’s place within the home; however, in
their book Real Women Leading: With Proverbs 31
(New Hope® Publishers/February 3,
2014/978-1-59669-396-8/$14.99), business executives Lisa Troyer and Dawn Yoder
assert the qualities of the woman described apply to leaders in the workplace
as well. “Whether we are homeschooling children — which truly is a full-time
vocation — or leading the board of directors meeting at a Fortune 500
corporation, the Proverbs 31 woman has something to teach all of us.”
Although today’s marketplace is not always a “values-friendly”
environment, Troyer and Yoder, who have found their calling in the business
world, show how a woman can live and thrive in a “valueless” workplace when
living by biblical values and principles. Real
Women Leading is a must-have leadership resource for today’s Christian
woman to cultivate biblical truth, credible relationship development and
practical application into everyday life.
They do so through outlining 10 foundational principles:
Women will be encouraged to develop their God-given gifts and talents in
the marketplace as they live out the principles that invite others to embrace
the equality-inspiring values they live by. Knowing her generation is not the
end user of the gospel message, the Proverbs 31 leader will find the initiative
to inspire the upcoming generation to view womanhood as a gift and continue the
learning process that will impact generations to come.
“Often thought of as the ‘most intimidating woman in Christendom,’ perhaps
the Proverbs 31 woman — this skillful, conscientious, creative,
entrepreneurial, merciful leader — has been saddled with a false persona of
perfectionism and unattainable achievement,” writes Troyer. “The Proverbs 31
Woman is one whose success is predicated on living a life based on values — whether
she's dealing with domestic issues, marketplace opportunities or relationships.
Truth is truth no matter what environment we operate/live in.”
“Maybe my attitude came from being raised in a family business and
having an achiever mentality, but I didn’t have a domestic quality and growing
up. I could not see any way that I could possibly be like the woman in Proverbs
31,” Yoder explains. “Now I see the picture of a woman who is honest,
trustworthy and generous. A good steward, she has fun and makes fun, is a good
planner and maintains a good attitude. She understands people, prepares for the
future, shows restraint and likes to put together a nice outfit. Looking at her
this way, she is no longer someone I am afraid I could never be. She is now someone
I want to be! The Proverbs 31 woman finds success everywhere she turns because
she lives by God’s principles.”
The foreword of Real Women Leading
was written by leadership expert and New
York Times best-selling author John Maxell. Each chapter gives an example
of a biblical woman as an illustration of the principle being presented and concludes
with a section called “The IT (Igniting Transformation)Factor,” designed to
prompt thought, conversation and action concerning the value focused on within
About the Authors
Lisa Troyer hosts Macchiato Moments
on Moody Radio and is a founding member of John Maxwell’s team of coaches and
trainers, leading workshops on values and principles in leadership. She is the
executive sales director for an international food service company where she
has directed the development of the company from a local tourist attraction to
an internationally known organization with a focus on quality and creativity.
She is a published songwriter with multiple worship CDs. Lisa lives in Ohio
with her husband, two children and family pets.
Dawn Yoder is a real woman who is
passionate about developing people to discover their strengths and reach their
leadership potential. As CEO of a 500-plus employee company, she seeks to bring
values and principle-based thinking into all aspects of society through a
roundtable environment. Dawn is a member of the John Maxwell leadership
coaching team, an international trainer, a speaker with the Circle of Friends
ministry, a contributing writer, a songwriter and a frequent worship leader.
She and her husband, Jeff, have four children.
Join Lisa Troyer and Dawn Yoder for
a live Facebook Party on March 20 at 8:00 PM EST where they will chat with
readers and give away copies of Real
Women Leading. Watch for more details on Troyer’s Facebook Page.