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My Top 5 Books on Leadership

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Stephen Covey

There's a reason this book has sold over 5 million copies—it's timeless and extremely helpful. It's spiritual in the sense that it echoes biblical wisdom that was popularized by Francis of Assisi.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don't
Jim Collins

If you want your organization to thrive long-term and rise above the level of mediocrity, this is the book to apply.

Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change
William Bridges

I can't think of a better manual—so detailed and instructional—for teaching leaders how to lead people through hard changes. It's an interactive book, easy to read, and superbly practical.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
Patrick Lencioni

This book illustrates how a truly honest leader can build a genuine team that functions as a high-performing unit.

Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer
J. Oswald Sanders

There is no such thing as a self-made spiritual leader. This book offers guidance for leaders who want to build the Kingdom of God.


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Leadership Above the Line is available from ChristianBook.com and other retailers.

Previous Top 5 lists have featured books by the Inklings and Friends and books on China, Presidents, World Christianity, Ancient-Future Faith, the Civil Rights Era, Social Justice, Church History, Popular Culture, the Civil War, Apologetics, Atheism, and Sex.

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