Bill Hybels’ Leadership Must-Reads

Orginally published on Monday, August 20, 2007 at 6:00 AM
by Todd Rhoades

What would you read to really hone in on some great leadership skills? Well... Bill Hybels has just released his list of top leadership books for the year... take a look. Which ones have you read? And which book would you say has been the most helpful to you in the past year. (Besides, The Bible, of course!)

Brian Tracy

Authentic Leadership
Bill George

Tough Choices
Carly Fiorina

Leadership Can Be Taught
Sharon Daloz Parks

Jack Welch & Suzy Welch

Courage: The Backbone of Leadership
Gus Lee & Diane Elliott-Lee

Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness
Peter Koestenbaum

The 360 Leader
John Maxwell

Executive Intelligence
Justin Menkes

The Prepared Mind of a Leader
Bill Welter & Jean Egmon

Intuition at Work
Gary Klein

Resonant Leadership
Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee

Great Leadership
Antony Bell

The Leadership Mystique
Manfred Kets De Vries

Leading in Black and White
Ancella B. Livers & Keith Caver

The One Thing You Need to Know
Marcus Buckingham

Launching a Leadership Revolution
Chris Brady & Orrin Woodward

Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge (2nd ed.)
Warren Bennis

Paths to Power
Anthony J. Mayo, Nitin Nohria, Laura G. Singleton

Juan Williams.

The Leadership Gap
David S. Weiss & Vince Molinaro

Project Leadership
James P. Lewis

Leading Quietly
Joseph L. Bodarracco, Jr.

Ladder Shifts
Samuel Chand

Taking Advice
Dan Ciampa

Gary Neilson & Bruce Pasternack

Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan

Leadership Passages
David L. Dotlich, James L. Noel, Norman Walker

A Bias for Action
Heinke Bruch & Sumantra Ghoshal

The Highest Goal
Jim Collins

Primal Leadership
Daniel Goleman, Annie McKee & Richard E. Boyatzis

Flexible Leadership
Gary Yukl & Richard Lepsinger

The Ethical Challenge
Noel Tichy & Andrew R. McGill

Changing Minds
Howard Gardner

Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices
Paul Lawrence & Nitin Nohria

Culture Shift
Robert Lewis & Wayne Cordeiro

The Future of Leadership
Warren Bennis, Gretchen Spreitszer & Thomas Cummings

Silos, Politics & Turf Wars
Patrick Lencioni

Building the Bridge As You Walk on It
Robert E. Quinn

Leading the Way
Robert Gandossy & Mark Effron, Hewitt Associates

Value Leadership
Peter S. Cohan

Business Evolves, Leadership Endures
Andrea Redmond & Charles A. Tribbett, III

The Next Generation Leader
Andy Stanley

Grow Your Own Leaders
William C. Byhan, Sudrey B. Smith & Matthew J. Paese

The Go Point
Michael Useem

Competitive Strategy
Michael E. Porter

Henry Cloud

Leadership on the Line
Martin Linsky & Ronald Heifetz

Nobody in Charge
Harlan Cleveland & Warren Bennis

SOURCE:  Willow Creek Leadership Blog

HT:  Faithmaps (Thanks, Stephen!)

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  There are 8 Comments:

  • Posted by John G

    I’ve read 20 of the books, mostly on Bill’s recommendations from previous years. I’ve found some more interesting that others. One I would particularly recommend is Integrity by Henry Cloud. It is the most useful exposition on the subject of integrity that I have ever read. I used to think that integrity goes without saying, and you either have it or you don’t. However, Henry Cloud shows us that there is a whole lot more to it than that. It’s a ‘business’ book rather than a “Christian” book, but it is provides a very useful framework for examining any context of your life.

  • Posted by Derek Vreeland

    Bill obviously didn’t plug his own book, Courageous Leadership, but I thought it was insightful and helpful for those who lead in the local church.

    It is good to read leadership books from those outside the context of local church leadership. We can certainly “plunder the Egyptians for the gold,” but I think we need to counter-balance those with books on spiritual leadership. Here are some of the books on spiritual leadership that have influenced me over the years:

    A Work of Heart
    Reggie McNeal

    Beyond the Ordinary: Spirituality for Church Leaders
    Ben Campbell Johnson & Andrew Dreitcer

    Spirituality & Leadership
    Alan Nelson

    Leading from the Inside Out
    Sam Rima

    Spiritual Leadership
    Oswald Sanders

    This last one is a classic. Certainly a must read for pastors. There is where J. Maxwell ripped of the “leadership is influence” idea and then marketed it for $24.99. (Ouch that sounded a bit rough...sorry John)


  • Posted by


    He has way more time to read than I do…

  • Posted by

    I’ve been reading Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges.  Very informative book.

  • Posted by Leonard

    just started billy graham leadership secrets and the KJV version of the bible

  • Posted by Camey

    One thing that really strikes me is all the different names of authors..... That is one way to really seek & strive to have balance in leadership imo…

  • Posted by

    Am I the only one alarmed that a prominent pastor’s long list of must-read leadership includes very few books that deal with spiritual leadership and a Biblical approach?

    Don’t misunderstand me.  I’m not anti-Bill and in fact have his leadership book.  Nor am I against reading any secular leadership book (there are many in my library).  But I have a BIG problem with the trend (Bill is just an example, I believe) of Christian spiritual leaders who are actively seeking wisdom and influence from worldly sources than the Bible and/or the Church.

    Transforming Leadership, Leighton Ford
    The Training of the Twelve, A.B. Bruce
    Brothers, We Are Not Professional, John Piper
    Firestorm, Ron Susek
    Excellence in Leadership, John White
    Lectures To My Students, Spurgeon
    Foxes Book of Martyrs
    Historical Drift, Arnold L. Cook
    The Book of Leadership, John MacArthur (whatever you think of him personally, excellent book)

    Just to name a few.

  • Thanks for putting the list togather. Ihave been doing a little research these days to find some good books on spirituality and leadership. Your post has lots of books that interests me. again, thanks

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