REDEFINING LEADERSHIP – Joseph Stowell (2014)

Leaders understand the true nature of the task before them.  But true leadership must be redefined, according to Joseph Stowell.  His newest book, Redefining Leadership seeks to draw leaders to a “character driven leadership experience that will produce maximum outcomes.” Stowell presents two distinctly different kinds of leaders: Outcome leaders and character-driven leaders.  The former are referredContinue reading “REDEFINING LEADERSHIP – Joseph Stowell (2014)”


Michael Hyatt is no stranger to writers and bloggers.  Hyatt’s work as the former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers and his popular podcasts have been well publicized.  So it’s no coincidence that Hyatt would publish a book on getting noticed.  This is not to speak in derogatory tones or minimize his work in any way.Continue reading “PLATFORM: GET NOTICED IN A NOISY WORLD – Michael Hyatt (2012)”

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAD – Aubrey Malphurs (2013)

I was greatly influenced and encouraged during my Seminary days by Dr. Aubrey Malphurs.  So when I learned about his newest book, Look Before You Lead I jumped at the chance to read it.  I wasn’t disappointed! The subtitle of Malphur’s book is an accurate description of the tone and tenor of this leadership treasure: How toContinue reading “LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAD – Aubrey Malphurs (2013)”

THE CONVICTION TO LEAD – Albert Mohler (2012)

Leadership books are “a dime a dozen” these days.  More often than not, the challenge for readers is finding a book devoted to leadership that is worth reading and filled with timeless wisdom.  Over the last several years, I’ve found a several books that pass this leadership test.  A few that come to mind includeContinue reading “THE CONVICTION TO LEAD – Albert Mohler (2012)”

LEADING FROM THE SANDBOX – T.J. Addington (2010)

Leading from the Sandbox by T.J. Addington is a practical book that explores leadership principles for pastors and church leaders.  Addington’s concern is the formation of high-impact teams. The sandbox metaphor is designed as a tool that communicates what truly matters in a church or organization.  The author presents four “sides” of the sandbox, namelyContinue reading “LEADING FROM THE SANDBOX – T.J. Addington (2010)”

THE TRUTH ABOUT LEADERSHIP – James Kouzes and Barry Posner (2010)

What two names are automatically associated with the word “leadership?”  Answer: Kouzes and Posner.  Their landmark works, The Leadership Challenge and Credibility stand head and shoulders above other leadership books.  Their latest book, The Truth About Leadership continues to encourage principle-centered leadership. Patrick Lencioni rightly says, “This book cuts through the clutter and reminds usContinue reading “THE TRUTH ABOUT LEADERSHIP – James Kouzes and Barry Posner (2010)”

STICKY TEAMS: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page – Larry Osborne (2010)

Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne is a leadership book with an emphasis on team-building.  The author maintains, “Sticky teams stick together.”  And sticking together in difficult times is an indicator of health. Osborne divides Sticky Teams into three parts, each designed to promote long-term unity and health in local church, which a special emphasis placedContinue reading “STICKY TEAMS: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page – Larry Osborne (2010)”

LEADERS WHO LAST – Dave Kraft (2010)

C.H. Spurgeon writes, “Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.”  Spurgeon poignantly alerts us to the danger of indwelling sin.  The writer of Hebrews warns against that sin; the “sin that so easily entangles” (Heb. 12:1a).  Tragically, many Christian leaders fail to heed the warning of Spurgeon andContinue reading “LEADERS WHO LAST – Dave Kraft (2010)”

AGAPE LEADERSHIP – Robert Peterson and Alexander Straunch (1991)

Robert Peterson and Alexander Strauch summarize the life and leadership of Pastor R.C. Chapman in Agape Leadership. More than anything, Agape Leadership puts flesh and bones on the elder qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.  Peterson and Strauch cover the pertinent biographical information that one might expect.  But the critical elementsContinue reading “AGAPE LEADERSHIP – Robert Peterson and Alexander Straunch (1991)”

WOODEN ON LEADERSHIP – John Wooden and Steve Jamison (2005)

John Wooden is in the minds of many the greatest basketball coach of all time.  He won 10 national championships and tallied 88 consecutive wins at UCLA.  Wooden on Leadership explores the inner workings of Coach Wooden’s approach to coaching and his approach to life in general. PART ONE: THE FOUNDATION OF MY LEADERSHIP WoodenContinue reading “WOODEN ON LEADERSHIP – John Wooden and Steve Jamison (2005)”