I am not a good reader. It takes me a long time to get through words on a page, much less, get through one book in a month. My hubs, Raul, is a great reader. You can tell when you talk to him that he has read a lot. And he’s a good role model to our boys when they catch him reading on the patio instead of watching tv on the couch. All that to say, here are my Top 10 leadership books. It may have taken me awhile to finish them, but I did and gained a lot because of it.
1. It’s Your Ship by D. Michael Abrashoff. Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy.
2. Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them by John Ortberg. This is not a book for normal people to learn how to handle difficult people — there is no such thing.
3. The Creative-Leader by Ed Young. Why should we implement creativity in leadership? God invented creativity. Jesus modeled it. The Holy Spirit empowers it. And people desperately need it.
4. Purple-Cow by Seth Godin. Transform your business by being remarkable.
5. No-Perfect-People-Allowed by John Burke. Creating a come-as-you-are culture in the Church.
6. The Servant Leader by James A. Autry. How to build a creative team, develop great morale and improve the bottom-line performance.
7. Celebration of Discipline by Richard. J. Foster. Explore the classic “Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith.
8. Thinking for a Change by John Maxwell. New mental habits can be learned and by changing them, you can change your life.
9. Dream Weaver by Bruce Wilkinson. This compelling modern-day parable tells the story of Ordinary, who dares to leave the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream.
10. Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley/Lane Jones. By knowing your destination before you leave (identifying the major premise you want to communicate), using your turn signals (transition ahead!), and employing five other practical points, you’ll be on the road to success [with communicating].