I am becoming a fan of the ministry of Andy Stanley. We stumbled across his DVD course ‘Parental Guidance Required’ which, in my humble opinion, is better than ‘Visionary Parenting’. I have previewed for our church another DVD course ‘i marriage’ which is very, very good.
On the basis of this I got some of his books. This was the first one I read. And I was not disappointed.
This book is a very good addition to any leadership reading library. It deals with five areas of leadership – Competence – do less, accomplish more; Courage – courage establishes leadership; Clarity – uncertainty demands clarity; Coaching – coaching enables a leader to go farther, faster; Character – character determines the leaders legacy.
There is great wisdom in this book which is very easy to read and has enough (not too much) testimony. Andy Stanley’s suggestions are radical, and biblical and powerful. He is so strong on integrity and morality and he emphasizes that as a leader you must hold onto your integrity even at the cost of your reputation – or opportunities to advance.
This really must be on the core reading list of leadership books on courses and this will be one of the books read by any future intern of mine.
Let me leave you with a quote which I hope will give you a taste of this book:
As a next generational leader you need to build a moral perimeter around your behavior too. You must come to grips with the fact that, ultimately, success is defined in terms of who you are and how you treat the people around you. To charge off in the direction of the task without first determining who you want to be and how you plan to treat those who choose to follow is tantamount to running from home plate to third base. And as my friend Kevin Myers says, the only time that’s funny is in little league. In leadership it is a short cut that short circuits legacy.