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Leading from the Lions' Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible Paperback – September 1, 2010
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"Thank you for breaking the norm of leadership books--no numbered formulas for success (52 irrefutable/7 habits, etc.), but success based on the only Book that can truly transform the mind, through the power of the Holy Spirit." -Joel Westa
"Solid, practical, in-the-trenches guidance for real life leaders." --John Ortberg
"Harper extracts the essence of success from 66 books, harvests the most indispensable principles, and distills them into one book: Leading from the Lions' Den." --Wayne Cordeiro
"Leading from the Lions' Den contains both biblical and street smart insights for leaders in all walks of life. If you are a leader, you know what it's like to be in the lions' den." --Gary L. McIntosh
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This book provies all of the background information needed to know where all is relative to leadership in HIS Word.
What else can I say?
Many of the leadership principles espoused by the author are counter-intuitive and appear contrary to established wisdom, such as: "Admit helplessness", "Be a drama king or queen", "Motivate your people less", "Underrate your plan" and "Don't listen to your customers". These somewhat surprising chapter titles help to create a sense of anticipation in each chapter.
Notwithstanding the title and the purpose stated in the introduction, only a few of the chapters are about handling conflict. The majority are about general leadership and management issues encountered in leading a business or other organisation, based on the author's experience in managing IT companies. Most of the leadership principles are inspired by a single aspect or verse of a book of the Bible rather than by the central theme of the particular book, so the author's work is not an attempt at a systematic theology of leadership.
As is the case with many leadership books, the work as a whole is a collection of essentially unrelated principles rather than a systematic treatment of leadership theory, but I found each individual three-page chapter to be interesting and well-written.
"Leading from the Lion's Den" is a great gift to the church. As a pastor, I am constantly looking for good resources to put into the hands of other church and business leaders. I can recommend this one with confidence.