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These books have been recommended by various SEND leaders.
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath. Recommended by John Wicker.
Character of a Leader
- Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders. Recommended by Bruce Harris.
- Leadership as an Identity: The Four Traits of Those Who Wield Lasting Influence by Crawford Loritts. This is one of the core books in the Team Leader Training Curriculum for SEND. Ken Guenther's list of memorable quotes. Steve Meeker's study questions.
- 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 Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership- by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter. Frank Severn's recommendation. Ken Guenther's summary. David May's review.
- 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.”
- Crucial Confrontations: Tools for talking about broken promises, violated expectations, and bad behavior by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. Ken's list of memorable quotes.
- Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson - Conflict Management, Leadership, Communication Skills
Developing as a Leader
- The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development by Dr. J. Robert Clinton. Recommended by Ken Guenther.
- A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders by Reggie McNeal
- 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.”
- The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership: Embracing the Conflicting Demands of Today's Workplace by Tim Elmore. Reviewed by Ken Guenther on the SEND U blog.
- Encouraging the Heart: A Leader's Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others by Kouzes and Posner. Recommended and reviewed by Jon E.
- 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.”
General books on Leadership
- Courageous Leadership. by Bill Hybels. Recommended by Paul Suzuki.
- Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God's Agenda by Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby. Recommended by John Paetkau.
- The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership (J-B Warren Bennis Series) by Steven Sample and Warren Bennis. Recommended by Paul Suzuki
- Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. By Jim Collins. Recommended by Paul Suzuki
- Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins. Recommended by P
- 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.”
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins. Recommended by Paul Suzuki
- How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins. Recommended by Paul Suzuki
- Senior Leadership Teams: What It Takes to Make Them Great (Center for Public Leadership) by Wageman, Nunes, Burruss and Hackman.
Managing Yourself as a Leader
- It Only Hurts on Monday - Why Pastors Quit and What you can do about it by Gary McIntosh. It is a great book in understanding and helping pastors deal with the unique challenges they face - actually written to help elders better understand and support their pastors. VERY practical and easy to read. Recommended by Gardner Kerin.
- The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick Lencioni. Recommended by Dave Brubacher. Kindle highlights by Dave.
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni Series) by Patrick Lencioni. Kindle highlights from Dave Brubacher. See other resources by P. Lencioni on the team building page.
- The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M. R. Covey. Summarized by David Mays on his web site.
- Leading from the Sandbox: How to Develop, Empower, and Release High-Impact Ministry Teams by T. J. Addington, head of ReachGlobal, the mission arm of the EFCA. The Mission Exchange has named this book as the 2010 Book of the Year in the leadership category.
- 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.”
- 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership: Overcome Self-Defeating Behavior in Work and Ministry by Kate Coleman - recommended by Jenny Baker. “Seven self-defeating behaviors which need to be overcome to be successful and balanced in life, work, and ministry. Kate Coleman develops her content well, shares relatable examples, and the “coaching tips” at the end of each chapter are great for creating action steps in each behavioral area.”
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