Five Books for Leadership
ChurchWorks was built to help you: as a leader, an organiser, allowing you to oversee what’s going on in day-to-day church life, and empowering you to delegate responsibilities to your teams. Good leaders should always be looking to learn and develop, and it is only with strong leadership that a church truly flourishes.
So that we can help you and your team grow as leaders and inspire others, we’ve compiled a list of five top books we consider to be great tools on leadership.
The Weight Of Glory, C.S. Lewis
Often quoted and highly respected, The Weight Of Glory is a collection of sermons that Lewis gave during World War II. Written to provide hope and encouragement in times of doubt, this inspiring book provides timeless and thought-provoking words of wisdom.
As an intellectual scholar and distinguished writer, Lewis wrote a number of popular books including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and the Chronicles of Narnia.
The Five Levels Of Leadership, John C Maxwell
As an internationally recognised and influential leadership expert, Maxwell explains that leadership does not come from your title, but instead that there are a number of steps it takes to be a great leader. Providing a thorough description of valuable principles, Maxwell describes leadership through the following levels:
- Position – People follow because they have to.
- Permission – People follow because they want to.
- Production – People follow because of what you have done for the organisation.
- People Development – People follow because of what you have done for them personally.
- Pinnacle – People follow because of who you are and what you represent.
Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, Dr Spencer Johnson
Johnson uses the metaphor of mice in a maze searching for cheese to represent people trying to find their aspirations in life, such as a successful career, a loving partner, a good circle of friends, money, or possessions. The cheese keeps on moving until one mouse finds out how to find it and writes it on the wall for the others. The book is quick to read, and provides an insightful and inspiring look at the benefits of paying attention to the writing on the wall.
The One Minute Manager – Increase Productivity, Profits And Your Own Prosperity, Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
This international bestseller lays down three techniques of an effective manager: one minute goals, one minute praisings, and one minute reprimands. Having sold over 18 million copies and translated into more than 25 languages, these quick, easy-to-read entries only take a moment each day but have long-lasting, positive effects that last a lifetime.
The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni
Bestselling author Patrick Lencioni presents his argument for what, he believes, gives companies the competitive edge: being healthy. In his first nonfiction book, Lencioni argues that a healthy company is one that is whole, consistent and complete, along with having a strong culture, sound operations, and unified management. Healthy organisations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave. Lencioni provides a valuable and practical model for leaders to follow, so that may become the healthy, successful organisation they aspire to be.
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