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Leaders are Readers!

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One key characteristic of healthy and fruitful leaders is life-long learning. We have a Learns as a Lifestyle session in this training under the “New Capacity” tab.
One of the best ways to learn is to read. You can read on the train, under a shade tree, at a coffee shop, or on the beach. You may prefer to read on a Kindle or iPad, flip the pages of a well-worn book, or skim short, but powerful blog posts on-line. No matter your preferences, reading will keep you learning and growing as a new leader.
I am going to share a few of my favorite books and blogs that I have read, to get this discussion started, but I would really appreciate it if you would add your favorites in the comments below. That way we can learn from each other!
Some of my favorite leadership books:

Some of my favorite leadership blogs:

Ok, these are my short lists. They will get you started, but I look forward to seeing what others add. Please also include a short description or why you recommend the book.
What do you think new leaders should read?

Terry Morgan

Hi! I’m Terry, married to Steve and mother of four adult children. I have worked with Cru for almost 40 years, 20 of those years in Latin America. I am passionate about helping people find grace, hope, and growth by walking closely with Jesus. As part of that passion, I coach and train ministry leaders worldwide and create resources to help others grow. You will often find me in our patio garden, processing life with Jesus, with a cup of strong, black coffee in hand.

9 thoughts on “Leaders are Readers!”

  1. I just returned from CXI-the Team Leader Training for Western Europe. Ruth McNeil gave a devotional and mentioned that she had read \”Simplify\” by Bill Hybels, and it was very impacting. I got it on Kindle and started reading it on the plane. Bill has found many of the same words repeated among leaders at home and as he travels. Same repeated words repeated over and over are: exhausted, overwhelmed, over-scheduled, anxious, isolated, dissatisfied. He is going to talk about 10 habits to simplify our lives, like going from exhausted to energized. Just reading that first chapter now.

    1. Thanks, Steve! \”Simplify\” could be an excellent resource for those who want help making the transition from team member to team leader and letting go of some prior activities to focus on leader priorities. A good resource for the self-awareness area!

  2. I\’m looking forward to reading a new book by Bill Lawrence, Broken Leadership. I\’ve read the first chapter and it promises to be very health-giving; focusing on the heart. He talks about Altared Hearts – leading with your heart on the altar.

    1. Wow, Karen. That sounds good. I like the title and Bill Lawrence. He has great insights into heart stuff.

  3. Upside Down by Stacy Rinehart is good on Servant leadership. Also Cross Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer for books
    For blogs, I also like maturitascafe com

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