I have heard leaders say, “This is a book that I re-read on a yearly basis.” Until recently, I have never done that. Once I read a book, I write a review of it, organize my quotes into evernote, put it on my shelf and pick up a new book.
Recently, I struggled to think of a new leadership book to read and then I thought about this statement I’ve heard before. I thought back to the most inspiring, mind changing books that have shaped how I lead, think about church and my philosophy of ministry.
Here’s what I came up with:
- Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins
- Leadership by Rudy Giuliani
- Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley
- Simple Church by Eric Geiger & Thom Rainer
- The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations by Kouzes & Posner
I read these books sometime in the last 5-10 years. At the time, I was a student pastor in a large church overseeing volunteers. Now, I’m a pastor of a growing church, overseeing staff and hoping to plant more churches.
These books were incredibly foundational to my leadership and I think re-reading them in a new stage of leadership will be helpful as I continue to grow and hone my skills as a leader.