What to Read Next – Leadership Edition


I decided a while back to list out some of the various books I recommend for different things.  Youth ministry, small groups, and now leadership.  Here’s my list of the leadership books that have had the biggest impact on me.

#1 – Tribes – Seth Godin

Tribes is hands down one of my favorite books about leading people.  Godin writes with such simplicity, and such depth that even though the book is a few years old it still is crammed full of great insights about gathering a group of people and leading them.  Also, come back on Friday for a chance to win this book if you don’t own it yet.

#2 – Next Generation Leader – Andy Stanley

During my first few months of ministry I picked up this book and worked through it.  Stanley’s book should be required reading for anyone going into ministry, and is an excellent book for any young leader out there.

#3 – Your Life in Rhythm – Bruce Miller

After spending a great deal of time and thought about trying to balance my work, family, and hobbies I stumbled upon this book through a book group I was in.  Paradigm shifting.  Miller talks about how life is more about the seasons, the rhythm instead of balance.

#4 – Courageous Leadership – Bill Hybels

Courageous Leadership is an excellent book for laying the groundwork for any Christian leader.  Hybels’ book has been the go to for me several times, when wanting to know how to lead better.

#5 – The Five Disfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

Five Disfunctions of a Team is one of those books you just fly through.  With the first two thirds crafted like a story, and the remainder teaching you leadership principles based on the story.  Excellent tool for anyone who leads a team of volunteers or employees.

Your turn, what books did I forget?  What leadership books would you recommend?

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12 responses to What to Read Next – Leadership Edition

  1. The Bible?

    Just kidding. =)

  2. I love Cross Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer. I am doing a blog post on it next week. It works cross culturally and domestically.

    Death By Meeting by Lencioni is also great

    • I love Lencioni’s work… I haven’t read Death by Meeting though… Is it the same style as 5 Disfunctions? Story then teaching?

  3. Tribes is a great book.

    Here’s five that I would add-

    EntreLeadership – Dave Ramsey
    The E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber
    Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki
    Trust Agents – Chris Brogan & Julien Smith
    Everyone Communicates, Few Connect – John Maxwell

  4. Here’s a few books I’ve studied over the years that have helped shape my leadership:
    1. Anything from John C. Maxwell, especially Everyone Communicates, few Connect.
    2. Win, Frank Luntz
    3. Pursuit, Dexter Yager
    4. How to Win Friends and Influence Poeple, Dale Carnegie
    5. Success! The Glenn Bland Method
    6. Who You Are When No one’s Looking, Bill Hybels
    Leaders are readers 🙂

  5. Leaders Who Last by David Kraft is a must-read. It mainly deals with the individual aspect of leadership.

    Confessions of a Pastor by Groeschell is another good one.

    Kinda on leadership is Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers!

    Lastly, for realz… The book of Proverbs!

    • Gladwell has several books that could be recommended. Great for leaders to understand the concepts he teaches. I’ll have to look into Kraft’s book, I like his other stuff, but haven’t heard of Leaders who Last.

  6. Michael Lundsgssrd 03/15/2012 at 8:38 AM

    I liked “First Break all the Rules” by Marcus Buckingham

  7. The only one I have not read is, Your Life in Rhythm by Bruce Miller and it looks like a great one.

    The 5 levels of Leadership by John Maxwell

    EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey

    Presentations in Action by Jerry Weissman A communication book but will help any leader.