Book Review: The Most Excellent Way to Lead

I’ve had some pretty bad jobs in my life – well, all my life. There might be a few exceptions, but, for the most part, my working life was not worth writing home about. After reading this book, I discovered that my poor working experience was not due to the job, the companies I worked for, or the work I did, but rather because of the leadership style of the manager.

Before you think I’m a disgruntled employee, I’m not. I went to work daily with the attitude that I was working for the Lord and I worked my tail off to do a good job, because that’s how I was raised. Additionally, I’ve taken several management courses while working on a master’s degree and have read several management books.

This book was an eye-opener. The author, Perry Noble, who started a church in 2000 with 15 people meeting in a livingroom and now, just a mere 16 years later, has a congregation of  over 30,000, a staff of 400 and an annual $50 MILLION budget.

I think he knows a thing or two about leading.

In his book, Mr. Noble uses the standards set forth in 1 Corinthians 13, the “love chapter”. By using the guides set forth – “love is patient, love is kind, etc.” – he skillfully and successfully adapts those guides to leadership. Instead of ruling with an iron fist, creating fear and discontent in the employees, he rules – er, rather, leads – in love.

In one of his summary statments at the end of the first chapter (these summary statements appear at the end of every chapter), he says, “If we practice leadership by love, we will become leaders other people actually want to follow.”

If you’re a manager, or a manager-wannabe, I highly encourage you to read this book. It’s easy reading, yet packed with valuable information and insight – and love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And, honestly, it’s by far the best book I’ve ever read on management and leadership.


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