Leading Your Mind: The Ultimate Book Giveaway for the Christian Business Leader
Based on the interest generated in last Monday’s post about my top business books, I’ve decided to do a giveaway for this bundle of books. But I also decided to throw in my top Christian leadership books as well.
I believe these are books that every Christian business leader MUST read.
If you are to be a well-rounded Christian leader today, then you have to have these books in your library.
This giveaway is for:
- Business leaders in the marketplace
- Spiritual leaders in the Church
- Employees who want to become better leaders at work
- Parents who want to become better leaders at home
And most importantly for:
- Leaders who want to help others become better leaders.
Here’s how the giveaway is going to work.
When you have long-term goals, you need something to prevent you from quitting. That’s why it is important to have staying power. But how do you develop it?
Your staying power is your ability to keep doing something for a long time despite fatigue or difficulty. In effect, it is your physical or mental stamina.
Here’s how you can develop your staying power so you can reach your long-term goals.
What words do you say about yourself? When you are talking to others, how do you describe yourself? And when you are alone, what comes out of your mouth? With the words you say, do you bless or curse yourself?
You may not even be aware of how you speak about yourself. But your words have consequences. The Scripture says out of your mouth proceed blessing and cursing (James 3:10). So which one do you use on yourself?
Here are 14 questions to ask yourself to find out whether you bless or curse yourself with your words.
As a Christian leader, you are pressed for time for reading. But if you read no other books, these would be the top 5 business books that you must read.
I’ve read a lot of books over the past 25 years. And I particularly love reading business books. Given that we have more than 3,000 books in our house, I had to think hard about that list.
After going through all of my business books, here is the list of the top 5 business books every Christian leader needs to read.
God wants to transform you into His image. He wants to help you change from one level of glory to another (2 Corinthians 3:18). And He wants your little victories to become big victories.
The process of sanctification will take time. It will take effort on your part. And it will require your active obedience.
Here’s how obedience to God brings about sanctification—through little victories.
Whatever your mind focuses on will be manifested in your life. Because you will get the fruit of your thoughts (Jeremiah 6:19).
Your core beliefs will come out in your words and deeds (Matthew 15:18; Luke 6:45). What you say and do will show what you think about more than what you say you think about.
If you don’t like what you see manifesting as the fruit of your thoughts, here’s how you can change.
Have you ever seen how a lack of respect can ruin the culture of an organization or a family? When people don’t respect each other, they lose an appreciation for each other. And that can devolve into nasty personal relations—all because people did not respect each other.
Respect has become a hot topic within the realm of leadership development. At the 2017 Global Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels listed ten rules of respect that can apply to any group of people at work or home.
Here are the “Respect 10” that Bill Hybels presented as I have interpreted them. How many of these have you instituted in your home or workplace?
Plato records Socrates as saying at his trial, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” While that may be an extreme statement, he makes an interesting point. When we rush through life, we don’t pause long enough to “consider our ways,” as the Scripture says (Haggai 1:5, 7). That’s why it is important to cultivate a daily practice of reflection.
Even if it’s only 15 minutes at the start or the end of your day, it is worth making the time for reflection. A survey of people in their 90’s discovered that they would have spent more time in reflection if they could live their lives over again. Anybody who has lived that long is worth listening to because of the wisdom they’ve gained—if only from greater number of mistakes they’ve made.
To get you started on how you can spend your time in reflection, here are three questions you can ask yourself.
Your leadership ability is tied to your identity. You will never be able to lead anyone beyond where you see yourself. You must believe you can do something before you can lead anyone else to do it. Who you think you are will determine how you lead.
People will want to follow you if you can teach them how they can become better than they are. That starts with cultivating a belief in who you can become—based on God’s word—so you can help others believe who they can become.
To improve how you lead, use these Scriptures to cultivate your belief in who you can become.
What you do for a living is worth more than a paycheck. The time you spend working doesn’t have to be just time traded for money. You can spend your working hours in a way that will energize you. You can do work worth doing.
To get to that point, you need to understand what motivates you. And that requires a deep dive into what makes you tick.
In order to discover how you can do work worth doing, ask yourself these nine questions.