Seven Principles for Super-effective Leadership

Creative strategies and tactics to become the best Christian boss

Christian - Living
298 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2021
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Author Biography

George Vasilca writes on personal growth topics, improving your moral character, and Christ-inspired leadership. His audience is Christian men and women interested in continuous personal and spiritual growth and increasing their self-esteem.

George is a retired professional engineer and business executive with over forty-five years of business leadership, project management, and technology development experience. He has a multi-cultural background, international business experience and has facilitated technology transfer programs.

George received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University Politechnica in Bucharest, Romania. After working for a few years in his native country, George moved to West Germany, then immigrated to Canada in 1974. He held senior positions with several multi-national companies, then started his engineering firm in Toronto, Ontario. In 1991, George moved to the US to become a founding director and executive officer of the Casmyn Vector Group of Sparks, NV. From the mid-nineties until his retirement, George provided consulting engineering and project management services to Hershey Corporation of Hershey, PA.

His interests focus on the importance of Christian life in contemporary America, the history of Christianity, leadership, relationships, ethics, and morality. He is also interested in applying the latest scientific findings in positive psychology and how to change yourself.
George lives with his wife Mara, also a writer, in Hershey, PA. He has two grown-up sons and one grandson. George writes regularly for his blog located on the author website www.georgevasilca.org

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership: Creative Strategies and Tactics to Become the Best Christian Boss is a work of non-fiction in the Christian living genre. It is suitable for all ages and was penned by author George Vasilca. This book offers insight into a variety of leadership techniques from the perspective of Christian values. Exploring the seven principles that are essential for faith-based leadership, the book aims to support anyone with a leadership role, regardless of whether their role is in ministry, the business world, or a different field, and even if they don’t follow the Christian faith in their daily life.

Author George Vasilca has crafted a work of non-fiction that goes beyond the simple self-help or guidebook style of writing but offers a fully rounded approach to being both a better boss and a better person in general. In terms of the organization of the work, I really liked how the seven core principles of the text build up in terms of their complexity and depth, giving readers a full foundation in the book’s concepts before moving into specific advice on management of all aspects. As for the writing, Vasilca’s wordplay delivers immense confidence in the material that will be a clear but also comforting influence on readers throughout. Overall, I would definitely recommend Seven Principles for Super-effective Leadership for readers who want to be both gracious and effective in their work practices and are looking for inspirational narrative skill in their guide books to work towards a more morally sound future.

Edith Wairimu

George Vasilca’s leadership guide, Seven Principles for Super-effective Leadership, draws compelling lessons from Jesus’s life and character. It is built on seven principles: moral character, servant leadership, knowledge/expertise, the right mindset, communication skills, cooperation skills, and daily renewal. In the first section, the book describes the moral character, explaining first what the word 'character' means and delving into how the character is developed. It further explains the role of the Holy Spirit in developing a Christlike character which is referred to as the Diamond Soul Character in the book, and also discusses the character’s benefits. The work explains that the Diamond Soul Character forms a foundation in understanding and incorporating the other principles contained as it determines one’s mindset, skills, knowledge, and moral authority.

Similar to the first section, other sections that explain the rest of the principles dig deep into each topic. They probe the meaning of terms, evaluate each principle from different contexts such as corporate environments and personal relationships, examine the contemporary approach and the biblical approach of various topics, and offer insightful lessons in each section. Questions, anecdotes, and diagrams are also included and are useful in explaining and applying the information contained. I loved that the book presents leadership as an action or art that every person performs and its content is written with this in mind; hence, people working or serving in different capacities can also expand their knowledge on leadership by reading the book. Seven Principles for Super-effective Leadership by George Vasilca is an enlightening, well-researched leadership guide that derives practical lessons from Christ’s character.

Joe Wisinski

Seven Principles for Super-effective Leadership: Creative Strategies and Tactics to become the best Christian Boss by George Vasilca is a comprehensive instruction manual. It’s written for both current and future leaders. Vasilca’s definition of “leadership” is excellent: It’s “the art and practice of achieving desired results through others.” The seven major principles he addresses are moral character, leading like Jesus Christ, core knowledge, your mindset, communication skills, cooperation, and daily renewal. He also touches on other important principles, such as time management, working for everyone’s mutual advantage, willpower, self-discipline, and similar values. Each chapter ends with “Moments of Reflection,” where Vasilca asks questions as a review. Vasilca also includes a first-rate list of books for further reading.

Seven Principles for Super-effective Leadership by George Vasilca is written from a Christian standpoint and the principles are mostly based on biblical principles. But the book is valuable for anyone of any religious persuasion, or lack thereof. Vasilca does a fine job of not only listing important skills but discussing them in detail. The book is well organized. Vasilca wisely uses subheads, bullet points, graphics, charts, and other elements for easy reading and comprehension. This is an excellent book for those who need to develop leadership skills, as well as those seeking to bolster their current proficiency in leading others. It’s the kind of book one can read over and over to increase their abilities. I recommend George Vasilca’s book to anyone who is responsible for leading others, or who wants to learn how.

Lesley Jones

There is no better example of effective leadership than Jesus Christ. Throughout Seven Principles for Super-effective Leadership by George Vasilca, you will discover what essential skills He possessed and share the simple but powerful Christian strategies so you too can lead with confidence and success. From developing your communication and listening skills to leading with the full cooperation of your team, this guide will give you all the necessary strategies to not only be a successful leader but a professional one. You will also learn how to achieve a strong moral character with humility, perseverance, commitment, and become a brilliant influencer. Jesus was so successful in changing outdated beliefs because He always encouraged others to imitate Him, "Follow me, learn of me, abide in me!" Discover how you can lead without coercion but a mutual desire to reach the same goal. Whether you are a manager, teacher, parent, or public speaker, your communication skills are going to propel you toward successful leadership.

I found the amount of valuable content in Seven Principles for Super-effective Leadership extremely impressive and helpful. George Vasilca focuses on building a strong foundation of good moral character and personality traits that centers on mutual respect, commitment, and honor. I loved the section on the paradigm shift and the six forms of social power. The techniques and methods were so simple but will give you a core understanding of how to lead not only effectively but by example. There are incredibly helpful sections such as the Seven Pillars Of Servant Leadership and the Win-Lose matrix. I also loved the bank account diagram, this was visually extremely insightful. The strategies in this guide could be applied to not only professional management but also teachers and parents. I found the most compelling section was how to improve your listening skills and the information around emotional filters. I thought the suggestion to listen with your heart first so interesting. This is a comprehensive step-by-step manual that will definitely enhance your communication skills in your everyday life and whether you are a Christian, follow another faith, or have no faith, you will gain so much from this excellent book.

Romuald Dzemo

Seven Principles for Super-effective Leadership: Creative Strategies and Tactics to Become the Best Christian Boss by George Vasilca is a book on leadership that explores the traits of a good Christian leader. In this book, the author offers a fresh perspective on leadership based on Jesus’ core values. Readers will understand leadership as leading a life of significance and positively impacting others. It is, above all, a path towards personal growth. The book defines what a good leader looks like, following the example of Jesus, and communicates 7 key principles for effective leadership — moral character as the foundation of leadership, the style of leadership of Jesus as a yardstick to measure the effectiveness of leadership, the principle of core knowledge, the mindset of an effective leader, communication skills, creative cooperation, and the principle of daily renewal.

This is a well-researched and expertly written book with a message that will appeal to Christian readers who want to lead themselves and others. The author underlines some key points and articulates, in a masterful way, on moral character, identifying traits like humility, empathy, commitment, excellence, and moral authority. The book is written in an easy-to-read style and in a voice that is friendly. Seven Principles for Super-effective Leadership is a book about leading after the heart of Jesus and I enjoyed the universal character of its message. It is not just about leading a group but acts and having a psychological make-up that benefits others and that inspires growth in others. George Vasilca is a great communicator who delivers a powerful message in a way that is accessible to ordinary readers. It is interesting to notice how the author breaks down complex concepts into actionable steps that readers can follow, asking questions that compel them to reflect on their understanding of leadership and on ways to implement the knowledge in the book. This book is a gem for anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of others and in their community or organization.