Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley

This short and engaging book is written by an influential pastor to help the next generation build a strong foundation for leadership.  But the lessons here don't just apply to church leadership.  Whatever field you work in or sphere of influence you have, there is wisdom to gain.

Andy Stanley has identified 5 essentials for leaders of the next generation.  In a nutshell, as a leader "you must discover and play to your strengths and delegate your weaknesses.  You've got to be courageous, and you've got to be clear in the midst of uncertainty.  You need to find a leadership coach.  And along the way it is absolutely essential that you maintain your character".   Through sharing his own experiences and various biblical stories, Andy teaches upcoming leaders how to identify and develop these traits.

One of the points that resonated with me the most is finding the courage to say NO.  He writes "Don't allow the many good opportunities to divert your attention from the one opportunity that has the greatest potential".  It's hard to say no because we are afraid of disappointing people or missing out on something.  A leader must have the wisdom and courage to say no to good things when they are not in line with his or her vision.  Easier said than done, right?

If you are a leader, or think you might have the potential to become one, this is a great book!  I will close with a prayer that Andy and his family say frequently...May God give you and I the wisdom to know what's right and the courage to do what's right, even when it's hard.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

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