Book Review: The Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials For Those Who Will Shape The Future (by Andy Stanley)

 The "H" Rating:  4.8/5.0 The Next Generation LeaderThe book is six years old and yet, the content is as relevant this morning as it was six years ago.  I just re-read this book and absolutely love the approach, concepts, ideas and methods of application. This is a great leadership book for many reasons.  Andy Stanley (Pastor, North Point Community Church) is an amazing communicator and clearly provides applicable concepts for those interested in being a more effective leader.  Here are my key takeaways.

5 Essentials: Competence:  Focus on what you do well...and where you can excel Courage:  Initiate, set things in motion, move ahead Clarity:  Be clear even when uncertain Coaching:  Leverage coaches and mentors to identify areas for improvement Character:  The moral authority necessary to bring together the resources and people to make things happen

Several Key Points: - The less you do, the more you will accomplish; the less you do, the more you enable others to accomplish - The moment a leader steps away from his/her core competencies, effectiveness as a leader is diminished - The secret of concentration is elimination - There is no necessary correlation between how busy you are and how productive you are - Nothing is more discouraging to a leader than the prospect of being stranded in an environment where progress is impossible - Leadership requires the courage to challenge - A leader refuses to limit himself by what others have done or failed to do - One can go farther and faster with someone coaching them than on their own - Great leaders are great learners - In the early years of your career, what you learn is far more important than what you earn - Character is what makes a leader worth following - Character is the will to do what's right even when it's hard - Your willingness to do what is right may jeopardize your forward motion

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