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Guy Reading a Book
December 22, 2021

Our Top Book Recommendations for Leadership Development

As Christian business leaders, we must continue to grow. The most significant influence on our personal growth is found in spending time praying and reading God’s Word. Scripture provides the wisdom and guidance we all need to live our lives for Christ.


I have asked our Senior Director of Culture and Communications, Aunie Brooks, to help me with this post. She is responsible for leadership development at our family of companies and does an excellent job.




I’m honored to be a part of this team as we get to participate in all God is doing. I’m thankful for the wisdom of other leaders who have gone before and documented what they’ve learned. Here is a round-up of some of the books our team utilizes for our own growth and the development of those we lead.


1. The Blessed Life and Beyond Blessed by Robert Morris


Our culture is saturated with false teaching on what it means to be blessed.

But what does the Bible say about it? How can we truly live blessed

lives? In his book, The Blessed Life, pastor and bestselling author Robert

Morris presents the secrets of living a blessed financially and spiritually life

with humor, passion, and clarity. He shows that every part of your life

journey is affected when God changes your heart from selfishness to



In Beyond Blessed, he shares the importance of being a good steward, not only with your finances but with every part of your life. Pastor Morris will motivate you to become a better manager of your money and provide practical lessons on taking your finances to the next level. Through Biblical principles, personal stories, and incredible testimonies, you will learn how to be a good steward. When you properly manage your finances, blessings will pour into all areas of your life. Here is a guide to increasing and going further with what God has given you and living beyond blessed.


2.Whisper by Mark Batterson 


By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you’ll be able to hear

His guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices. Mark Batterson

explains throughout this book that God is actively speaking through

Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Batterson

gives you the tools you need to unlock each of these languages. By learning

to tune in to and decipher each language, you’ll be able to hear His guidance

in simple as well as life-altering choices.


3. Emotionally Healthy Relationships by Peter Scazzero


We spend a lot of money learning and becoming competent in our careers,

but few of us have learned the skills or gained the competency to love well.  

As a result, it’s been rightly said that 85 percent of Christians are stuck and

stagnant in their spiritual lives. Most discipleship approaches do not include

the necessary tools to mature us as followers of Jesus Christ who love God,

ourselves, and others. Pete and Geri Scazzero developed The Emotionally

Healthy (EH) Relationships Course over 21 years to directly address core

biblical principles to guide you and others into an experience of discipleship

that will deeply change your life.


4. Emotionally Healthy Discipleship by Peter Scazzero

Traditional discipleship strategies fail because they do not:

  • Slow down people's lives so they can cultivate a deep, personal relationship with Jesus.
  • Challenge the values of Western culture that have compromised the radical call to follow the crucified Jesus.
  • Integrate sadness, loss, and vulnerability, leaving people defensive and easily triggered.
  • Measure our spiritual maturity by growing in our ability to love others.

In Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, bestselling author Pete Scazzero lays out how to create an emotionally healthy leadership and team culture.

5. The Serving Leader by Jennings and Stahl-Wert

On one level, this is the most practical guide available to implementing Serving Leadership. It is a book about the personal journey of growth that authentic leadership requires on a deeper level. Great organizations are great because they’re filled with people who freely choose to do their very best. It’s a maddeningly simple concept yet stunningly hard to execute. Jennings and Stahl-Wert show leaders how to earn that kind of commitment.

6. Anonymous by Alicia Britt Chole

We all experience times of hiddenness when our potential is unseen, and our abilities remain unapplauded. This book encourages you to not rush through those times by reminding you that, though we often want to hasten through these anonymous seasons of the soul, these times hold enormous power to cultivate character traits that cannot be developed any other way.

7. Lead Like Jesus by Blanchard, Hodges, Hendry

In this newly revised classic, renowned leadership expert Ken Blanchard guides readers through the process of discovering how to lead like Jesus. It really could be described as the process of aligning two internal domains-the heart and the head; and two external domains—the hands and the habits. These four dimensions of leadership form the outline for this efficient and transformational book. With simple yet profound principles from the life of Jesus and dozens of stories and leadership examples from his own life, Ken Blanchard will once again show us the way influential leaders lead.

8. Love Does by Bob Goff

Can a simple concept shift your entire world? Bob certainty thinks so. When it comes to loving your neighbors, instead of focusing on having the “right answers” or checking the “right boxes,” what if you decide to simply do love? To shamelessly show love and grace to those around you--what would that look like? Not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings, Bob's love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

9. Ordering Your Private World by Gordon Macdonald

One of the great battlegrounds is within the private world of the individual. The values of our Western culture would have us believe the busy, publicly active person in ministry is also the most spiritual. Tempted to give imbalanced attention to the public world at the expense of the private, we become involved in more programs, more meetings. Our massive responsibilities at home, work, and church have resulted in many good people on the verge of collapse.

10. Giving It All Away by David Green

Generosity. It's the foundation for building a lasting legacy not just of money but also of the enduring values of faith, family, and openhanded living. In this book--part memoir, part personal manifesto--David Green shares lessons that can help you reap benefits for multiple generations.

Have you read any of these? We’d love to hear your thoughts! What is on your reading list for this next year?

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