Spiritual Leadership, by Henry & Richard Blackaby.
Christian leadership is related to secular leadership, but transcends it by pointing people to God’s agenda for their life. As our model of leadership, Jesus exhibits some unique leadership qualities such as humility and dependance. Christian leaders are typically ordinary people whom God uses. A good leaders communicates his vision effectively and often. His legitimate God-given character allows him to focus his attention on a particular vision which should bring others to Jesus and give glory to God. Leaders can hone their skills. A teachable attitude, openness to the Holy Spirit and an understanding of history can help a leader make better decisions. By taking regular time to think, pray and dream, a leader can better plan his schedule to make his time more effective. Leaders will benefit form contemplating both the common pitfalls and rewards of leadership.
The Blackabys give a good general introduction to Christian leadership. There is nothing groundbreaking or new, but this book is a solid text from which to begin thinking about the subject. In the first chapter, they bring up the question of what difference God makes in the effectiveness of leaders. Their conclusion (p. 14) is that uniquely Christian leadership is “phenomenally more effective that even the most skilled and qualified leaders.” However, they fail to demonstrate this. In fact, it seems that the Blackabys have taken “secular” leadership principles and “baptized” them with Bible verses and stories to demonstrate that they are actually Christian leadership principles. If the reader acknowledges the authors’ need to spiritualize leadership principles, young leaders can greatly benefit from this terrific introduction.
“Managers often become embroiled in the daily grind of keeping the organizational machinery functioning properly. Leaders realize they must occasionally step back from the day-to-day operations in order to gain perceptive on the broader issues such as the nature and future of their organizations.” p. 210