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Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs Paperback – March 4, 2011
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Axiom is one of the most practical books on church leadership in our day. I found myself putting most chapters into practice the same day I read them. Those familiar with WillowWorld will recognize many (if not all) the book's principles from previous Leadership Summits or Hybels' sermons. For me, the book was both a great review and a kick in the seat to go lead better, and lead better in specific ways.
Axiom reminded me once again of the importance of leading daily, improving myself and my church regularly, not settling for incremental growth, and the absolute necessity of church leaders fighting for the advancement of the kingdom. I recommend this book to all churchworld leaders.
Amen to that vote for lifelong learning, also affirmed in the "Book Bucket" one of 20 buckets in my book, Mastering The Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Non-profit. Consequently, I was eager to read the latest book from Bill Hybels, one of the most gifted leaders I've ever met. Axiom, with 76 pithy leadership proverbs, doesn't disappoint.
"Speed of the leader, speed of the team," was and is one of Bill's oft-mentioned axioms. Few leaders make this pronouncement because the camera immediately focuses in on them. As the first president of Willow Creek Association, I watched Hybels up close and he always shared that core value confidently, yet humbly. His walk and his talk backed it up. He writes, "If you cannot say, `Follow me,' to your followers--and mean it--then you've got a problem, a big one."
He elaborates. "Follow my values. Follow my integrity. Follow my work ethic, my commitment, and my communication patterns. Fight as I fight. Focus as I focus. Sacrifice as I sacrifice. Love as I love. Repent as I repent. Admit wrong as I admit wrong. Endure hardship as I endure hardship." Then he concludes this one-page proverb with the whole point of it. "When requisite actions back them up, these are the words that set followers' hearts soaring.Read more ›
Hybels attempts to break leadership into small, manageable leadership truths. Leadership Axioms aims to provide leaders with a toolbox of handy leadership proverbs that he or she can apply to almost any leadership challenge.
Obviously, these axioms will not solve every single leadership dilemma. The leader needs to take this information, digest it, and use it appropriately. At times the axioms seem to contradict each other (see chapters Language Matters and Just Say It), but in the end, these words will ring true to any leader. Having this reference on your shelf would be a good idea.
Axiom is divided into 76 short chapters, between 1-5 pages each. Given that many different topics, some are sure to be more useful than others. For me there were 3 or 4 chapters that are life changing, and many others that contain useful advice that I will comeback to time and again as I move into new leadership challenges. I appreciate that the bite size chapters are easy to browse through, making it easy to read what is useful at the time, and skip what doesn't apply. As my situation changes, I'm sure different chapters will apply in different ways.
As a pastor I appreciate reading a leadership book by another pastor. Although John Maxwell has been a pastor, he writes leadership books applicable to any organization. Same with Andy Stanley. And Jim Collins writes specifically for business leaders. But Hybels writes from one pastor to another. In my mind this point alone made this book especially useful. I highly recommend this book for pastors looking to improve their leadership skills (and isn't that all of us?).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I cannot think of a more significant book for my development as a pastor. Each chapter feels like Bill Hybels is sitting across the table from me, coffee in hand, pouring out... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aaron
This is a tremendous collection of proverb-like reflections on leadership in the modern era. Bill Hybels hits a home run with every page of wisdom and advice gathered over his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. J. Dawson
This book is "leadership gold". I absolutely love it and recommend it to anyone in leadership in general, but especially in ministry!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I cannot tell you how many times I have read this. I am our churches children's ministry director and every time we have a new individual in a leadership position, I work through... Read morePublished 3 months ago by mike
Solid read. Easy bite-sized chunks loaded with wisdom from experience. Great for green and seasoned leaders alike.Published 5 months ago by Myke b
Bill Hybels is a fabulous communicator and his knowledge and application of the scriptures is so valuable in my journey of faith. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Christ A. Kalamatas