Leadership is not just something you do, it is who you become. Your level of influence is directly tied to the person you become - your soul mass. There is no short cut. Those who try to exert great levels of influence without building their internal soul mass, either fail to develop traction or implode under the weight of their own influence.
GRAVITY is a fable--a way to present truths through a story. While the story centers on Jason Cahill, a regional non-profit executive, it could be about a any person of influence in another person's life. A person, a leader like you.
About the authors
Trained as a pharmacist, Ronald D Kuest served 14 years in Washington State government, and formed his own consulting group, MBG Management Services, Inc. For 36 years, MBG served major employers throughout the U.S., providing a wide array of cultural and organizational development services.
Even as a young adult, Ron felt a call to bring the principles of management and leadership into a spiritual setting. He formed the Institute for Spiritual Leadership Training and developed the 360° assessment tool, the Spiritual Leader Trait Assessment (SLTA), and the accompanying resource book, Leader: Who Are You? Ron is also the author of Embracing Conflict: Finding Peace in the Midst of Tension and Growing the Soul Through Accountability, Disclosure and Feedback. Ron has authored the companion to GRAVITY– A Journey of Friends – and a conversational journal tying the books together.
Ron lives with his wife, Pat, of over 50 years in Olympia, Washington. Together they raised three children, who in turn are raising four grandchildren. Ron has served as an elder for over 30 years at Evergreen Christian Community.
Trained as a pastor, Michael L. Forney has served in both pastoral and executive leadership roles for early-stage and turnaround companies, and consulted with churches for over 12 years. He met Ron several years ago, and over coffee they began to collaborate on a revolutionary leadership theory – what was to become Gravitational Leadership, LLC. Gravitational Leadership provides training and coaching services to pastors and churches throughout the U.S.
Michael leverages his extensive background as a pastor, entrepreneur, executive, and leadership coach to bring strategic and innovative perspectives to pastors, helping them to identify growth opportunities, create healthy culture, develop good systems, solve complex problems, and apply winning strategies to their unique context. He provides a new perspective and activates confidence in pastors who are leading churches at various stages on the organizational life cycle helping them to create new growth.
Married to his wife, Nancy, for more than 28 years, Michael has four children and has calls Bainbridge Island, Washington home. He lends his time and talent serving on boards for faith-based nonprofits like More to Life and Beyond the Blue Ministries. Michael enjoys camping, hiking, and ensuring the safe operation of his HO model train set. He reads voraciously, and listens to the blues – steaming cup of dark roast coffee in-hand.
Praise for GRAVITY
"If Patrick Lencioni and JK Rowling wrote a book together, it still wouldn’t have the storytelling power and priceless leadership insights that leap off of every page in Gravity.This is a game-changer for both leadership and books on leadership."- Jesse Rice, author of The Church Of Facebook
"I highly recommend GRAVITY to all who want to reach their full leadership potential. It will challenge and inspire you to grow deep." - Dr. Mel Ming, Founding Partner, Leadership Development Resources