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10 Leadership Books Every Pastor Should Read Twice

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From classics to contemporaries, here are 10 books we think every pastor and leader should read not once, but twice.  So get yourself some coffee, a highlighter and a happy place.  Enjoy!


1. Wooden on Leadership – John Wooden

After coaching for 41 years, America’s favorite coach, Wooden, offers 12 Lessons in Leadership and the Pyramid of Success to explain how he consistently got maximum effort and performance from his players.


2. Winning with People: Discover the People Principles that Work for You Every Time – John Maxwell

Maxwell unpacks key principles that will help you develop dynamic relationships like building trust, creating win-win situations and investing in others by sharing stories of influential people.


3. The Conviction to Lead – Albert Mohler

Mohler offers not 5, not 10, but 25 principles for leadership.  He focuses on changing minds by transferring your conviction to others to influence change.


4. Lincoln on Leadership – Donald T. Philips

Step into history with this look into principles of leadership Lincoln employed during the war. This inspiring read is applicable and accessible for any leader.


5. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

In this leadership fable, Lencioni, a master storyteller and leadership expert, looks at the complexity of teams and provides a model for becoming an exceptional team leader.

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Esther Laurie is a staff writer at churchleaders.com. Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.