Servant of the Servants: A Biblical Theology of Leadership by Don N Howell. Recommended by Dave Barkman. “I recommend this book because it challenged and encouraged me to pursue servanthood as modeled by Christ and many others in Scripture. Each chapter has an excellent summary on the model's leadership profile.”
Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church by James Plueddemann. Summarized by David Mays on his web site. Recommended by Frank Severn, Scott Powell, Don Parsons, and many others. Craig Nordgren writes, “He does a great job showing the different approaches to teaming from different cultural perspectives. I learned a lot about other non-North American mission teammates and even ways to better relate to our Spanish teammates. I ordered it for everyone on my Area Council.”
The Calling Journey: Mapping the Stages of a Leader's Life Call by Tony Stoltzfus. “The Calling Journey” looks at the life of Joseph as a model of how God often prepares and calls leaders, and tracks the place and value of the valleys in our lives - those times when we think that we are not making any headway at all in our pursuit of God's call on our lives. At the book's website, you can chart the history of your own calling using the framework outlined by the book. Very interesting - and encouraging! Recommended by Ken Guenther.
A book for Germans: Härry; Thomas. Von der Kunst sich selbst zu führen. Recommended by Christian Bender. He says, “I read this book for a leadership course at the German branch of CIU in Korntal. Both the course and the book focus on the personal development of a leader. I wish this book would be available in English … it’s that good.”
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman. Recommended by Kamron Burchett of World Team. “a dynamic book that looks at how you add value to people, making everyone around you smarter. In others you see greatness, giftings, creativity and you let ideas flow. This as opposed to a Diminisher, who seeks to use people for personal gain and stifles their potential, creativity and abilities. It helps you to discover more about yourself and if you follow to one side or the other and how to avoid the pitfalls of becoming a Diminisher and seek to become one who brings the best out in everybody. This book definitely relates to the coaching, developing and mentoring mindset.”
We're in This Boat Together: Leadership Succession Between the Generations by Camille Bishop. Recommended by Patrick Cavenagh. “A business fiction book which illustrates the differences in thinking and philosophy of four generations. It is a fast-paced read as you discover “how” to help these four generations to work together as a team. Great read and came away with a lot of understanding and tools to use.”
aul Suzuki. “Especially helpful in thinking through issues and applying ideas to not-for-profit organizations, particularly in regards to creating a “resource engine” when you don't have a profit motive.”
Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod E. Bolsinger - recommended by Ken Guenther. “How to lead when you cannot rely on your past experience or training because the challenges you face are unlike those you have ever faced before. Leadership in such situations requires learning to let go, learning as you go, and learning to keep going even when you don't have all the answers.”