How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority

How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority

Taught by Clay Scroggins

Are you letting your lack of authority paralyze you?

You don’t need to, because great leaders don’t wait for authority. They learn to unleash their influence wherever they are.

Find out how you can grow your influence—and start making a difference—right where you are.

Course Details

  • 10 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 6 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority

12 Month Access
$79.99 USD


Already Enrolled? Sign in

Course Description


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.

Meet Your Instructors

Clay Scroggins

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.

Course Outline

  • Introduction

  • The Oddity of Leadership

  • Identity Crisis

  • Reclaim Kibosh

  • Lead Yourself

  • Choose Positivity

  • Think Critically

  • Reject Passivity

  • Challenging Up

  • Breaking Down Challenging Up

  • Your Next Chapter Starts Today

  • FINAL EXAM


BibleMesh is now offering an integrated reading experience for our new book-based courses. As before, students will be guided through their reading with book excerpts embedded within the course. This allows for an improved reading experience within the course. Students will also be able to pop out the book reader into a full-screen, fully-featured web-based reading platform where they will be able to see the wider context of each excerpt and access the complete book.

Retain what you learn with Cerego's award-winning learning engine

High-quality video lectures and interactive reading materials are further enhanced by Cerego. Cerego’s team is comprised of experts in memory science, technology and education committed to advancing the personalized learning movement. Their next generation learning engine applies adaptive learning and memory science to enhance how you learn, study, and remember.

  • Learn Faster

    All of your lessons are taught by scholars, designed by educators, and enhanced by Cerego. Cerego's technology is built on proven memory science that helps students learn faster and remember longer.

  • Remember Longer

    Your study plan is 100% personalized for your brain and based on the latest in cognitive science to help you retain what you learn.

  • Track Your Progress

    Your dashboard updates every time you study, so you can see what you've learned—and what to review next on your path to mastery.