Leaders Are Readers!

One of the things I have always observed is that leaders are readers. Not only do they know how to read situations and people, but they are also constantly reading books.

When I am around great leaders, one thing I like to do is ask them what books they are reading. I usually get a great list of books to delve into. Not one time have I ever asked a leader for their reading list and they reply, “I’m not much of a reader” or “I don’t enjoy reading books.” Nope, not one time. Why? Because leaders are readers.

I decided I would give you some of my favorite books to read to encourage you in your leadership and your life in general. I hope you try them out!

  1. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero Have you ever been in a situation where someone came across as “super-spiritual” but they didn’t seem normal or even like you wanted to be around them? Something just didn’t add up? Read this book and you’ll see why. It uncovers so much about our emotional maturity being tied to our spirituality. They can’t be separated, just so ya know!
  2. The Blessed Life by Robert Morris This is the best book on biblical finances I have ever read, period!
  3. The Five Star Church by Stan Toler and Alan Nelson This book is for those who hate average. It helps you apply principles of excellence to church life.
  4. Everyone’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them by John Ortberg A book that helps you see the value of deep, meaningful relationships. You can’t hide and read this book. It also helps you see your issues.
  5. The Bait of Satan by John Bevere If you have a pulse, you have to fight off the temptation to be offended. It’s a choice to be offended, and it’s a trap. This book helps you get out of the trap.
  6. Winning With People by John Maxwell We all have people in our lives; how we navigate those relationships is incredibly important. It’s more important to win the person than an argument. This book helps you with your people skills. I thought I did ok in this department until I read this book!
  7. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer Many times we think that situation in our lives came from external forces, but in reality it came from our minds. This book helps you to take thoughts captive.
  8. For Women Only/For Men Only by Shaunti Feldhahn In her books, Shaunti helps you understand the opposite sex. I literally was shocked to find out how my husband thinks. Her books have been invaluable to me. I never could have figured some of those things out on my own. Her years of research proved a life-saver!
  9. By Design or Default by Kevin Gerald You will find out after reading this book that every church, business, family, etc. has a culture. The question is, did you create that culture or did you default into that culture? We should have a culture we created not one that was created by default. Great book!
  10. It by Craig Groeschel How do you get IT? Why do you have IT? How do you keep IT? This book tells you all about the IT factor. The IT factor is what draws people. It’s important to know.

I hope you love these book as much as I do. They are life-changing!

What books would you add to this list?

~ by pennymaxwell on December 16, 2010.

5 Responses to “Leaders Are Readers!”

  1. Boundaries – Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
    Wild at Heart – John Eldredge
    Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
    Purpose Driven Church – Rick Warren
    Fool’s Gold – John MacArthur
    Choosing to Cheat – Andy Stanley
    The Dream Giver – Bruce Wilkinson
    Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
    Living Out the Mind of Christ – Dr. Ben Gutierrez

    I have to concur with you also on Battlefield of the Mind and For Women Only – must reads IMHO. I have also heard fantastic things about The Bait of Satan – excellent teaching our Pastor just did based on this book. Can’t wait to read it.

  2. 1) Crazy Love by Francis Chan (I am on my third copy because I keep giving mine away)
    2) Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan
    3) Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
    4) Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere
    5) Doctrine by Mark Driscoll

  3. I love that quote. I was nineteen and I had just taken my first ministry position as a youth pastor. I attended a “Son Life” youth ministry conference were the man leading the session said “readers are leaders.” At the time I hated reading, but God used that quote to challenge me. I had a choice, did I want to be a leader or not? If I wanted to be a leader would I do what it took to become one? Now 30 years has passed and I have read over 400 books that have greatly enriched my life and helped me become a better leader. That is about 399 more books than I would have read had I not heard the quote when I was nineteen.

  4. Under Cover-John Bevere
    Agreed on Lioness Arising, Crazy Love

  5. Pretty pumped about new books to read! Thanks for the list and additional suggestions!

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