More than ever, people are talking about leadership. But much of today's discourse is advancing the same old misconceptions.
In The Book on Leadership, best-selling author, pastor, and teacher John MacArthur sets the record straight: Leadership does not come from a job title. It isn't a matter of personality or charisma. And it isn't the same thing as iron-fisted authority. True leadership?the kind that refuses to bend to a shifting, fickle world?comes from a much deeper source.
Based on the writings of one of the most effective spiritual leaders of all time?the apostle Paul?MacArthur presents the "26 Characteristics of a True Leader." Whether you are a business leader, civic leader, church leader, parent, teacher, or student, the life of Paul will empower you to unleash your own capacity for leadership.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in seven countries. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur.John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.
I had never considered Paul as a case study in leadership, but this book brought Paul's ministry to life and highlighted many significant leadership truths that he exemplified. Many of these leadership principles are ones I have heard before in secular leadership books and from leadership courses in the military, but viewing these same principles through a spiritual lens gave them new meaning and significance. I read this book out of a desire to become a better spiritual leader for my family, and God has definitely used the lessons from this book to grow me in that area if my life. My one criticism of this book is that the author has over 20 leadership principles, which is a lot to keep track of. Some of the principles were similar enough that they could have been condensed in order to shorten the list. Coming from a military background I've found that the most effective models (whether they're leadership, decision making, our problem solving models) are short and easy to remember. That's not to say they're simple, each step or principle can have additional layers of depth, but keeping the top level model short makes it easier to remember and apply from memory. Otherwise this was an excellent book that I've already recommended to several friends.