The Top 5 Business Books Christian Leaders Must Read

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.

top 5 business books

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.

The Ten Rules of Respect

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

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?

How You Lead Depends on Who You Think You Are

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.

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.

Why You Should Carve Out Time to Have Fun

You are a busy leader. You’ve got demands on your time at home and at work. It’s important to build in time into your schedule to slow down. And it’s all right to want to have fun.

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You don’t have to spend all of your time being productive. It’s good to take time to enjoy the life that God has given you.

Here are three lessons I have learned why it’s important to carve out time to have fun.

How Complaining Hurts More Than Helps

Do you complain when things don’t go well? I know I do. But I wish I didn’t. Because complaining hurts more than it helps.

complaining hurts

In the moment, complaining feels so good. Something isn’t going right, so you complain about what’s happening. But in the long run, it’s not good for you.

Here are three ways complaining hurts more than helps—and what you can do to avoid complaining.

Who Are You Becoming?

Do you ever take inventory of how you’re progressing? I’m not asking if you are happy with who you are. I’m asking if you like who you are becoming.

becoming

In life, you are never standing still. You are either moving forward or moving backward. If you’re not progressing, then you are regressing.

It’s important to be in the habit of self-analysis. Here are nine questions you can ask yourself to find out who are you becoming.

What Your Followers Want

Your followers expect certain things from you as a leader. They want to know that you will provide them what they are looking for. But first it is important to know what your followers want.

what your followers want

Your followers all want the same things—whether they are your children, the members of your church, or the employees at your business. They are all looking for your leadership to provide four things.

Here are the four things your followers want.

Why You Are Not Your Mistakes

As a leader, you have other people relying on you. And I know you don’t want to let them down. But recognize that you will make mistakes. And you are not your mistakes.

Your Mistakes

I know you want to be a producer. You want to show your team how it’s done. But don’t let yourself be defined by your performance. Because you will make mistakes.

When evaluating your performance as a leader, here’s why you are not your mistakes.

Listen online to my August 4, 2017 interview (6:36) on Intentional Living with Dr. Randy Carlson on Family Life Radio about “What Difference Does Intentional Living Make?”

Start listening at 19:13 through 25:49.

Date: August 4, 2017
Appearance: Intentional Living Interview 08-04-17
Outlet: Family Life Radio
Format: Radio

Listen online to my interview (6:02) on Intentional Living with Dr. Randy Carlson on August 3, 2017 on Family Life Radio about “What is Intentional Living?”

Start listening at 19:56 through 25:58.

 

Date: August 3, 2017
Appearance: Intentional Living Interview 08-03-17
Outlet: Family Life Radio
Format: Radio