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Leadership that Works: Hope and Direction for Church and Para-Church Leaders in Today's Complex World
by Leith Anderson
Anderson's six characteristics for "leadership" include the following: 1) do what needs to be done, 2) live Christianly, 3) choose multiple mentors, 4) learn the leadership context, 5) beware of the cutting edge, 6) trust God for the long term. Published by Bethany House, 2001.
On Becoming a Leader
by Warren Bennis
On Becoming a Leader is a book about the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to become an effective leader. Published by Perseus Publishing, 1989, 2003.
Leadership by the Book: Tools to Transform Your Workplace
by Kenneth Blanchard, Bill Hybels and Phil Hodges
Citing Jesus as a source for practical lessons in effective leadership, the authors explore the concept of "servant leadership" as well as offering some simple strategies for vision and values in an organization.
Published by Blanchard Family Partnership, 1999.
Leadership is an Art
by Max DePree
DePree details in deceptively simple but imaginative language, a humanitarian approach to leadership. He argues that an artful leader needs to recognize human diversity and make full use of a person's gifts. Published by Bantam Doubleday, 1989.
Empowered Leaders: The 10 Principles of Christian Leadership
by Hans Finzel
This guide highlights the skills needed to become a successful leader and poses some penetrating questions that force us to take an honest look at our own intentions in being a leader. Published by Word Publishing, 1999.
by Bill Hybels
This book provides a profile of one of today's foremost Christian leaders. This profile highlights Hybels' own fervent commitment to evangelism and discipleship and his zeal to inspire fellow church leaders. Published by Zondervan Publishing, 2002.
by John P. Kotter
Kotter's thesis is that strategies for change often fail because the changes do not alter behaviour. He identifes the most common mistakes in effecting change and offers eight steps to overcome obstacles. Published by Harvard Business School Press, 1996.
A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders
by Reggie McNeal
Through brief studies of the lives of Moses, David, Paul and Jesus, McNeal summarizes six critical factors that shape a leader's heart. Published by Jossey-Bass, 2002.
In the Name of Jesus
by Henry Nouwen
The late Dutch priest and author taught at Notre Dame, Harvard, and Yale before being called to lead a community for mentally handicapped people called L'Arche Daybreak. He shows in this book that followers of Jesus are often lured by power into a style of leadership that is decidedly not God-like. Published by CrossRoads Publishing, 1989.
The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence
by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol and Ken McElrath
The Ascent of a Leader is written for ordinary people who want to develop extraordinary character, find and follow God's plan for their lives, and lead others where they need to go. Published by Jossey-Bass, 1999.