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Introduction: Leadership Fantasy Camp xiii
1 Unexpected Discoveries 1
2 Defining and Evaluating Real Leadership 11
3 Vision and Values 23
4 Creating Culture 41
5 Developing Leaders 53
6 Hiring the Right People 67
7 Leading Well 83
8 Earning and Maintaining Trust 97
9 Confrontation and Conflict 107
10 Character 121
11 Following 135
12 Team Building 145
13 Faith and Morals 153
14 Power 165
15 Criticism and Pressure 175
16 Skills and Discipline 185
Next Steps 201
Appendix 1 About the Master Leaders 205
Appendix 2 The Master Leader Library 219
About the Authors 225
Posted February 9, 2010
George Barna has written so many books on topics like leadership, the Christian faith, and church ministry that I am surprised that it has taken me so long to read one of them. That changed when I received a copy of Barna's most recent book Master Leaders: Revealing Conversations with 30 Leadership Greats.
Barna's imagination takes the reader along with 30 contemporary leaders to attend the Master Leader Conference. The account of this fictional conference allows the reader to eavesdrop in on many behind the scenes conversations that take place between the conference speakers pertaining to a number of leadership principles.
Although the setting of the conversations is fictional, Barna's research is not. Barna has creatively woven together many quotes from his interviews with leaders in business, sports, government, education, and Christian ministry in a way that keeps the reader engaged.
I found that this book was very well organized with respect to the various principles of leadership Barna wished to demonstrate. Although I read the book cover to cover, one might find that particular chapters would be more relevant to their present situation.
As a pastor I found it very helpful to read a book on leadership that wasn't written entirely from a Christian ministry perspective. The variety of leadership backgrounds presented gave a more complete picture about what leadership is in way that could be translated into almost any area.
Master Leaders will stay on my self, and I would recommend it to anyone currently serving in a position of leadership, or for anyone wanting to encourage the leaders that they serve under.
You can read the first chapter of Master Leaders in PDF format.
Note: A copy of Master Leaders was provided to me free from Tyndale House Publishers as a part of the Tyndale Blog Network. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted October 16, 2009
Master Leader was a very interesting book. The basic premise is this - George Barna interviewed 30 leadership "experts" - names you will undoubtedly recognize from the realms of church, politics, sports, and the armed forces. Then George spliced these separate interviews into one organic conversation - allowing these interviews and personalities to meld and flow.
There are times where the flow feels forced or out of left field - but then you realize that even when the conversations don't feel organic, they're still amazingly worthwhile for the insights that these "master leaders" have. And don't get me wrong - 90% of the book feels organic, like an actual conversation.
Overall, I truly enjoyed the book. The insights and anecdotes from leaders I know and respect and leaders I've never heard of are truly awesome, and it's a resource and book I'll know I'll turn to when I have questions or want to stir some thoughts. 5/5.
Reviewed for Tyndale House.