I first heard of Andy Stanley when I attended a conference in Atlanta back in 2005. He’s been one of my favorite teachers ever since, and this book doesn’t fall short of my expectations. Though it’s written from a Christian perspective, this book would be useful to both secular and ministry leaders.
The book is thin and the text isn’t microscopic. In other words, it’s a concise, easy-to-read book that gets straight to the point. It’s not meant to be an exhaustive tome covering every question a leader might ask; instead it’s a great overview to the most basic and simple (yet probably overlooked or underestimated) requirements of leadership.
There are five sections: “Competence–Do Less, Accomplish More; Courage–Courage Establishes Leadership; Clarity–Uncertainty Demands Clarity; Coaching–Coaching Enables a Leader to Go Farther, Faster; and Character–Character Determines the Leader’s Legacy.” Each section contains three short chapters, then closes with a bullet-point summary and a few questions or suggestions to spur self-examination and, if necessary, change.
I give it 5/5 stars.