forming leadersJR Woodward lists his top ten books on leadership. Yah — it’s way too hard to resist! He lists the following:

**The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spirit Life by Henri Nouwen
**Leading with a Limp: Turning Your Struggles into Strengths by Dan Allender
**The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church by Alan Hirsch and Tim Catchim
**Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor and Chaos by Tim Keel
**The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom
**Signs of Emergence: A Vision for Church That is Organic/Networked/Decentralized/Bottom-up/Communal/Flexible{Always Evolving} by Kester Brewin
**Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading by Ronald A Heifetz and Martin Linsky
**Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction by Randy Reese and James Houston
**The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World by Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk
**Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry by Ruth Haley Barton

THAT is a great list! Here are my top ten, not ranked:

In the Name of Jesus — Henri Nouwen
Let Your Life Speak — Parker Palmer
The Gift of Being Yourself — David Benner

Now, note that two of the above are Canadians! On with the show…

Intuitive Leadership by Tim Keel
Leadership Next — Eddie Gibbs
Leadership on the Line — Ronald A Heifetz and Martin Linsky
Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction by Randy Reese and James Houston
The Sky is Falling — Alan Roxburgh
Surfing the Edge of Chaos — Pascale, Milleman, Gioja
Turning to One Another — Margaret Wheatley

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  2. JR Woodward says:


    Great list. I love let your life speak and the gift of being yourself and like how you have broken things down in the areas of individuals, groups and communities. We have quite a few books in common.

  3. len says:

    thanks JR – I’m hoping to finish your book this coming week and finish up the review – you’ve done some great work!

  4. Bob Robinson says:

    Len and JR,
    Great lists! I wanted to comment over at JR’s site… but it’s still calling us commenters “spammers!” I pray that they can fix this for you soon, JR!
    Heifetz is an absolute MUST read for anyone in leadership – not only “Leadership on the Line,” but also “The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World.” I loved Roxburgh and Romanuk’s “Missional Leader” and Ruth Haley Barton is so helpful. Parker Palmer is something I lend to people all the time.
    Some others on my list:
    “The Management Myth: Debunking Modern Business Philosophy” by Matthew Stewart
    “Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach To Fun on the Job” by Dennis W. Bakke
    “The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business” by Clayton M. Christensen
    “Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World” by Sharon Daloz Parks


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