Michael Lindsay is one of the country’s foremost experts on what it takes to turn individuals into effective — and even great — leaders. He is committed to helping organizations improve the ways they identify, develop, and place people in the ranks of future generations of leaders.
Michael has directed the largest and most comprehensive interview-based study of top leaders ever conducted. Drawing on successful executives from the corporate world, government, military, education, and non-profits, Michael has discovered the many and varied elements that move people to the top and provide them with the capabilities to take their organizations to the top as well.
In his seven-year study, he has gleaned insights from hundreds of executives running the country’s best known firms, including Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs, JC Penney, Macy’s, New York Life, PepsiCo, Levi Strauss, Travelocity, NBC, Office Depot, Wells Fargo, CNN. Men and women from the highest reaches of the US government are included as well: generals, admirals, members of Congress, cabinet secretaries — and even two US presidents.
One highlight of Michael’s work is the first ever examination of the most prestigious and successful leadership program in the country: The White House Fellowship. It brings a select group of young men and women to Washington to work in government, where they develop leadership skills they can apply to their careers in the private and public sectors. The program has proven to be an incubator for effective leadership, with former participants moving on to the highest levels of their organizations.
All of Michael’s work has led to a new understanding of the experiences, capabilities, and knowledge that shape men and women and transform them from early-career leaders to national figures of the highest caliber.
He brings his insights on leaders to bear in seminars, interactive workshops, and speeches designed to help businesses and nonprofits identify and cultivate high-potential individuals who are ready to step up to the next level and contribute in larger ways to the success of their organizations.
Dr. Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College.
Michael is a featured columnist for the WashingtonPost.com on leadership, and his work has been featured and appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, USA Today, The Global Entrepreneur, among hundreds of other publications.
In 2006, the International Sociological Association recognized Michael as the top sociologist in the world under the age of 35.
Michael has been a consultant to the George H. Gallup International Institute, where he directed several national surveys on a range of related topics.
The paths to leadership are complex and can include early personal and career experiences, character-building, people skills, physical stamina, motivation, strategic thinking and much much more. Now, Michael Lindsay offers a clear understanding of these difficult-to-navigate factors and how they can develop and enhance the leaders of tomorrow.
He speaks with intelligence and clear insight on how aspiring leaders can maximize their own development opportunities and how companies can cultivate strong leadership from within.
- President, Gordon College
- Founding Director, Rice University’s Program for the Study of Leadership
- Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University
- Rice Scholar, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
- Author, Faith in the Halls of Power (a Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2007")
- Outstanding Teacher Award, Princeton University
- Ph. D., sociology, Princeton University
- Postgraduate Diploma, Oxford University
BA, summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Baylor University
Faith in the Halls of Power
How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite
Faith in the Halls of Power is perhaps the most insightful book ever written on the ways that religious values have found their way into the upper echelons of social, political and business life in America, and on the people who have made it happen. D. Michael Lindsay interviewed more than 350 leaders for the book from a wide range of arenas: politics and government; business and corporate life; arts, entertainment, and the media; sports; and higher education. And these were very senior people: two former Presidents of the United States; over two dozen Cabinet secretaries and senior White House staffers; nearly 100 presidents, CEOs, or senior executives at large firms (both public and private); two dozen accomplished Hollywood professionals; over 10 leaders from the world of professional athletics, and a handful of leaders from the artistic and philanthropic arenas, among others.
Beautifully written and convincingly argued, the book shows first-hand how these men and women are bringing their vision of moral leadership into the public square. Michael tells us who these leaders are, how they rose to prominence, and what they’re doing with the authority they now wield. He shows how evangelicals became a force in American foreign policy, how Fortune 500 companies are becoming faith-friendly, and how “cosmopolitan evangelicals” are leading a new generation of the faithful. These are well-educated men and women who read both The New York Times and Christianity Today, and who are wary of the polarizing rhetoric, political extremes and insular subculture embraced by some of their co-religionists. Perhaps most startling is the importance of personal relationships between these leaders.
This book is valuable, not only for its fresh perspective on an important social movement that often suffers from superficial and unsympathetic treatment, but also for its insights into leadership and the roles that religion, values and character can play in shaping good leaders and guiding their actions.
Oxford University Press, August 27, 2007
Surprising Candor – Christianity Today
"People of faith have an enormous impact on our society. Michael Lindsay's brilliant book has the story everyone else has missed. You must read this book."
— U.S. Senator Bill Frist, M.D.
"Michael Lindsay has produced a work of lasting importance. A keen and disciplined researcher of the religious scene, Lindsay…brings readers a clear and authentic account."
— George Gallup, Jr.
"This important work should be required reading."
— Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review
Surveying the Religious Landscape
In America in the 1950s churches and synagogues were full and growing. "In God We Trust" became the national motto. Since that time, attendance at houses of worship has dropped significantly, but increasingly in the 1990s religion and spirituality play an important part of our national life. Surveying the Religious Landscape, a collection of Gallup surveys, monitors these changes over the last fifty years of American life.
These surveys will appeal to those who track religion professionally, but they will also be of interest to clergy, church members, and others interested in the spiritual landscape of today. A wide variety of beliefs and practices are surveyed including: belief in God, attendance at church or synagogue, religious beliefs of today's teenagers, views about the interaction between politics and religion, life after death, questions of ethics, and others. Surveys address the differences in beliefs among those of various faith perspectives, races, age groups, genders, and those in varying geographic locations.
George Gallup, Jr. is the chairman of The George H. Gallup International Institute, co-chairman of The Gallup Organization, Inc., and Executive Director of the Princeton Religion Research Center. His other books include The Saints Among Us and Growing Up Scared in America. The Gallup Organization is located in Princeton, New Jersey.
Morehouse Group (January 2000)
The Gallup Guide
Reality Check for 21st Century Churches
What would draw the people of your surrounding community into your church? Want to know about the kind of fund-raising that would work best for your church? How does your church compare to others around the nation? With a number of sample surveys and clear, easy-to-understand instructions on how to conduct quality research, you have all the tools you need to find these answers and more for your church!
Gallup Organization (June 2002)
Michael tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.
Faith in the Halls of Power
A college conference:
Home run! Your remarks really set us up for a successful conference. We were fascinated by your research, and . . . the small group after your session was full of great discussion. I could have listened for hours about your research findings, and I hope to hear more when we get you again. Dr. [...] wants our entire faculty to hear you speak. You are obviously an exceptional scholar and researcher.
A regional school association:
Michael was a home run! I would be happy to serve as a most positive reference for him.
George Gallup, Jr.,
Founding Chairman, The George H Gallup International Institute:
Michael and I have shared the podium many times, and I'm always impressed. He speaks on important substantive topics with grace and authority. He blends funny and inspiring stories with solid information.Audiences are captivated with his presentation style. He's engaging, warm, and confident. And he's as good as they come at connecting with groups, from intimate briefings to very large events.
A religious publisher’s association:
We were thrilled to have Michael and look forward to working with him again.
Michael Lindsay has addressed our members at two different events, one for CEO's and the other for practioners in every discipline of publishing. Regardless of the level of the audience, Michael delivered content that was extremely well researched, relevant, compelling, and actionable--not to mention very well received! He is brilliant but humble, complex but accessible, spiritual but practical, and above all he brings a servant's heart to everything he does. There is no one I could recommend more highly than Michael Lindsay.
A southern university:
We have had Dr. Lindsay on our campus several times, and he is just great.
Michael did a fantastic job speaking before multiple groups on our campus-the students loved him, he inspired our faculty, and friends of the university were impressed by his wide-ranging knowledge and heartfelt connection with the audience. He's so well received that we've had him to campus multiple times-he's superb.