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Rare Leadership: 4 Uncommon Habits For Increasing Trust, Joy, and Engagement in the People You Lead

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Revive your leadership. Grow healthy teams. See great results.

Healthy teams begin with healthy leaders, and at the heart of this dynamic is emotional maturitythe quality the greatest leaders possess.

Combining solid theology, cutting-edge brain science, and decades of counseling and consulting experience, Rare Leadership shows you how to take your leadership and team to the next level. It will equip you to:

  • Cultivate emotional maturity in yourself and others
  • Develop the four habits of R.A.R.E. leaders
  • Promote a strong group identity
  • Keep relationships bigger than problems
  • Increase productivity through trust, joy, and engagement

Whether you are burnt out or just looking to improve, when you prioritize people and lead from a secure identity, you'll be amazed at the freedom you feel and the results you see. You can lead from a healthy place, respond rather than react, and build the team of your dreams.

If you want to take your organization to the next level, it starts with you. Read Rare Leadership and be equipped to lead joy-filled, emotionally mature, relationally connected teams.


E. James Wilder. Wilder grew up in villages tucked into the Andes mountains of Colombia and travels learning and teaching resiliency in Southern Sudan, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Eastern Europe, Mexico, Korea, Thailand, Chile, Brazil, Alaska and even Canada. Wilder draws on his extensive life experience from his Ph.D. in psychology and M.A. in theology to his walk through many worlds and cultures as a lens to examine life and to tell stories. Transparency, humor, a second look at what we thought was reality and a passion to find a joyful life, create hopeful girls, restore communities and develop deep spirituality fill his books. Wilder is the thinker behind the Life Model, a lifespan guide to being fully human. He is good reading for those who would rather be alive than simply comfortable.


"This was a worthwhile introspective tome, which was truly on the level of John Maxwell's extensive collection of exemplary lessons in leadership. As a leader within my organization, the information within the pages of this book was absolutely priceless. This book goes a step beyond ordinary books on leadership, by helping to understand the importance of finding connection, fulfillment, and joy with not only the people that they serve, but also within themselves as well."

Reviewed by Anino Ellis on NetGalley, Mar 4, 2016

"A rare focus in the leadership genre. This 240 page book goes well beyond the typical vision and strategy focus on many books. With a deeper look at what really matters and a compelling writing style, leaders at all levels will benefit from this book. Filled with insightful illustrations, I was both convicted and convinced that too often I neglect these essentials of leadership. Going forward, with the helps in this book, my leadership will be better because I am better."

Reviewed by Chris Jordan on NetGalley, Apr 2, 2016

" 'Rare Leadership: 4 Uncommon Habits For Increasing Trust, Joy, and Engagement in the People You Lead' by Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder is primarily written for religious leaders, but there is enough solid information in it for the layperson.

A lot can be learned from bad leaders, but healthy leaders is what we really need. Using brain science and some leadership models, the authors show how leaders can lead with joy and act like themselves. They encourage remaining relational and modeling what it's like to endure hardship. They also talk about a sliding maturity scale that all leaders can measure themselves against.

Many good and bad examples of leaders are given. Both as leaders the authors have served under and some of their own mistakes. If we are going to have healthy churches, we need to have the kind of healthy leadership that grows and doesn't rely on using emotions to browbeat others into obedience. This holds true in the business world.

The authors use a curious quirk of using parentheses to denote who is writing. I understand why they chose to do this, but I found it a bit odd. Other than that, the book reads well, the science seems solid, and the guidelines seem positive and encouraging to follow. I appreciated the advice given and I will definitely take some things away from reading this book.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Moody Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook."

Reviewed by Wayne McCoy on NetGalley, Apr 13, 2016