Steve Saccone, is the author of several books including one he published with Leadership Network called, Relational Intellegence. His work can also be found on Leadia.tv, as an author for the Leadia Experience called, “Communal Morphing” which helps leaders maximize their time and draw on the strengths of those around them. Steve is the Director of Leadership Development and a Teaching Pastor at the Highway Community in the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously served at Mosaic Los Angeles for 8 years and he also leads an online training program for young and emerging ministry leaders.
If someone came to you and said they were thinking of writing a book, what advice would you give them?
“Before you endeavor to write, know what question (or set of questions) you are addressing. Great books are a response to real issues and real questions that people are wrestling with. In other words, know what need you are speaking to and why what you have to say about that need or issue REALLY matters?”
Name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?
“The entire trajectory of my life has been significantly altered by a few key mentors in my life. Marty believed in me more than I believed in myself. He gave me opportunities that were bigger than my own capacity. Sheryl met with me twice a month for 3 years as she guided me through emotional, relational, and spiritual brokenness – and motivated me to pursue God and healthy community to experience healing and wholeness. Erwin inspired me to care relentlessly about participating in the mission of God and to call others towards that way of living. Nancy challenged me to face conflict head on… with honesty, respect, humility, and boldness.“
Explain the impact, if any, that technology (including social media, the Internet, digital publishing, etc) has made on your organization or you personally?
“It reminds me of 2 things that impact how I live and follow Christ:
- That people long to be connected and inspired. So ultimately, the way we use technological mediums must be rooted in serving and helping people.
- It also reminds me that we live in a world whose momentum moves us towards being self-centered, which is why we all must recalibrate at times, remembering that social media, technology, etc. ought NOT be rooted in promotion of self.“
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as an author?
“I WRITE as an art form AND spiritual exercise. For me, this helps me clarify what God is really saying to me and doing in me. Most of my writing never gets read by anyone else but serves as a prayer of sorts between God and me. As an art form, I carry this question with me: how can I write about what God is teaching me that might be able to help, inspire, or sharpen people?”
When you hear from your readers, what do you want to know?
“How do I distill what they are learning, through what they are reading, into a few key next steps? And how do they know how to do the small things and the right things to begin to bring change?“