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Leadership Axioms: Powerful Leadership Proverbs Paperback – April 7, 2012
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'Toss out all your texts on leadership by theorists and read this masterpiece again and again. Bill serves up solid content, not cliches; axioms, not merely anecdotes. I love this book! The distilled wisdom is pure gold---classic Hybels.' -- Rick Warren, Founding and senior pastor, Saddleback Church <br><br> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The best leaders not only lead well but also reflect on their leadership long enough and thoughtfully enough to articulate what philosophies cause them to do so. Whether serving in the marketplace or in ministry, as executives or rank-and-file employees, as salaried staff or volunteer servants, they can pinpoint the rationale for their actions and decisions with the ease of reciting their home address.
In Axiom: The Language of Leadership, author Bill Hybels divulges the God-given convictions that have dictated his leadership strategy for more than three decades as Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Oriented toward four key leadership categories--vision and strategy (Promote Shameless Profitability, Take a Flyer), teamwork and communication (Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn't for Hire, Disagree without Drawing Blood), activity and assessment (Develop a Mole System, Sweat the Small Stuff), and personal integrity (Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up, Fight for Your Family)--Axiom brokers accessible wisdom from one leader's journey, as well as emboldens you to nail down the reasons why you lead like you lead. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This thing is chock-full of down-to-earth, pithy, very actionable proverbs. Some are quite intuitive, like "Hire Tens," while many others decades years of wisdom. There's tons of great advice to turn us (yes, us) workaholics into super-productive, my-wife-hasn't-left-me leaders. That alone is worth the read. Managing team meetings, giving employees a feeling of worth, balancing performance with chemistry... it's all in here.
Seriously, I can't fathom how much more effective my leadership will be, immediately, as a result of this read. Top honors, without a doubt.
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?).