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Leadership Books

We have a number of resources available to all who have completed the Ben M. Elrod Servant-Leadership course at the Elrod Center.  We DO NOT want these resources just sitting on a shelf in the Elrod Center.  We want them in your hands so they can make their way into your heart and life!

ALL of these books may be checked out. Simply email your request to Diane Runyan along with your mailing address. She'll send you the book (even if you're in Fiji). Obviously, we'd appreciate it if you return the book in a timely manner. A few of the titles below are currently checked out, so you will have to wait untill the other reader returns the book.

Creative Thinking

The Art of Creative Thinking
Gerard Nierenberg

The Art of Possibility:  Transforming professional and personal life
Rosamund Zander & Benjamin Zander

Color Outside the Lines:  A revolutionary approach to creative leadership
Howard Hendricks

The Creative Leader:  Unleashing the power of your creative potential
Ed Young

How to Get Ideas
Jack Foster

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci:  Seven steps to genius every day
Michael Gelb

A Kick in the Seat of the Pants:  Using your explorer, artist, judge, and warrior to be more creative
Roger von Oech

Six Thinking Hats
Edward De Bono

A Whack on the Side of the Head:  How you can be more creative
Roger von Oech

Interpersonal Skills

Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together:  A pioneering approach to communicating in business and in life
William Isaacs

Getting to Yes:  Negotiating agreement without giving in
Roger Fisher & William Ury

Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders
John Baldoni

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie

How to Say It:  Choice words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs for every situation
Rosalie Maggio

Whale Done!:  The power of positive relationships
Ken Blanchard, Thad Lacinak, Chuck Tompkins, & Jim Ballard

Leadership, Christian/Church-Focused

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership:  Follow them and people will follow you
John Maxwell

The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day:  Revitalize your spirit and empower your leadership
John Maxwell

Basic Christian Leadership:  Biblical models of church, gospel and ministry
John Stott

Case Studies from the Bible:  The Good Book on leadership
John Borek, Danny Lovett, & Elmer Towns

Courageous Leadership
Bill Hybels

Excellence in Leadership:  Reaching goals with prayer, courage & determination
John White

Inspirational Management
Sylvia Nash

Jesus, CEO:  Using ancient wisdom for visionary leadership
Laurie Beth Jones

Jesus on Leadership:  Discovering the secrets of servant leadership from the life of Christ
C. Gene Wilkes

Leaders:  Learning leadership from some of Christianity’s best
Harold Myra (editor)

Leaders on Leadership:  Wisdom, advice and encouragement on the art of leading God’s people
George Barna

The Leadership Lessons of Jesus:  A timeless model for today’s leaders
Bob Briner & Ray Pritchard

Leading by Design:  Follow Jesus’ example in leading twelve types of people
Andrew Westmoreland  (with Patrick Springle)

Leading Without Power:  Finding hope in serving Community
Max Depree

Love and Profit:  The art of caring Leadership
James Autry

Moses on Management:  50 leadership lessons from the greatest manager of all time
David Baron (with Lynette Padwa)

The Next Generation Leader
Andy Stanley

Running With The Giants
John Maxwell

Spiritual Leadership:  Responding to God’s Call
J. Oswald Saunders (with Neil Knierim & Yvonne Burrage)

Spurgeon on Leadership
Larry Michael

A Tale of Three Kings
Gene Edwards

A Work of Heart:  Understanding how God shapes spiritual leaders
Reggie McNeal

Leadership, General

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:  Powerful lessons in personal change
Stephen Covey

The Absolutes of Leadership
Philip Crosby

The Art of Leadership:  A practical guide for people in positions of responsibility
J. Donald Walters

Artful Work:  Awakening joy, meaning, and commitment in the workplace
Dick Richards

Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way:  From basic training on to victory
Dan Carrison & Rod Walsh

A Failure of Nerve:  Leadership in the age of the quick fix
Edwin Friedman

Getting it Done:  How to lead when you’re not in charge
Roger Fisher & Alan Sharp

The Heart of a Leader:  Insights on the art of influence
Ken Blanchard

The Heart of Leadership:  How to inspire, encourage and motivate people to follow you
Elizabeth Jeffries

How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back My Fingerprints Are On The Knife?:  And other meditations on management
Jerry Harvey

The Leader of the Future:  New visions, strategies, and practices for the next era
Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, & Richard Beckhard (editors)

The Leader’s Window:  Mastering the four styles of leadership to build high-performing teams, 2nd Edition
John Beck & Neil Yeager

Rudolph Guliani

Leadership and the New Science:  Discovering order in a chaotic world
Margaret Wheatley

Leadership is an as Art
Max DePree

The Leadership Challenge:  How to keep getting extraordinary things done in organizations
James Kouzes & Barry Posner

Leadership Jazz
Max DePree

The Leadership Moment:  Nine true stories of triumph and disaster and their lessons for us all
Michael Useem

Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun
Wess Roberts

Leading People From the Middle:  The universal mission of heart and mind
William Robinson

Learning to Lead:  A workbook on becoming a leader
Warren Bennis & Joan Goldsmith

Management of the Absurd:  Paradoxes in leadership
Richard Farson

The Master Motivator:  Secrets of inspiring leadership
Mark Hansen & Joe Batten

A Passion for Excellence:  The leadership difference
Tom Peters & Nancy Austin

Primal Leadership:  Realizing the power of emotional intelligence
Daniel Golemean, Richard Boyatzis, & Annie McKee

The Principles of Scientific Management
Frederick Taylor

The Pursuit of WOW!:  Every person’s guide to topsy-turvy times
Tom Peters

A Simpler Way
Margaret Wheatley & Myron Kellner-Rogers

The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make
Hans Finzel

Leading Change

A Survival Guide to the Stress of Organizational Change
Price Pritchett & Ron Pound

Business as Unusual:  The Handbook for managing and supervising organizational change
Price Pritchett & Ron Pound

Carpe Manana:  Before tomorrow seizes you
Price Pritchett

Change Happens:  Finding your way though life’s transitions
C.W. Brister

The Circle of Innovation
Tom Peters

Coaching Change:  Breaking down resistance, building up hope
Thomas Bandy

Communicating for a Change
Andy Stanley & Lane Jones

Culture Shift:  The employee handbook for changing corporate culture
Price Pritchett

Diffusion of Innovations, 4th Edition
Everett Rogers

Discontinuity and Hope:  Radical change and the path to the future
Lyle Schaller

The Employee Handbook of New Work Habits For a Radically Changing World:  13 ground rules for job success in the information age
Price Pritchett

Firing Up Commitment During Organizational Change
Price Pritchett

Leading Change
John Kotter

Leading Change:  The argument for values-based leadership
James O’Toole

The Mars Pathfinder Approach to “Faster-Better-Cheaper”
Price Pritchett & Brian Muirhead

Mindshift:  The employee handbook for understanding the changing world of work
Price Pritchett

Ping:  A frog in search of a new pond
Stuart Gold

Resistance:  Moving beyond the barriers to change
Price Pritchett

Strategies for Change
Lyle Schaller

Understanding Organizational Change:  The contemporary experience of people at work
Patrick Dawson

Who Moved My Cheese?: An a-mazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life
Spencer Johnson

Leading Teams

The ABC’s of Empowered Teams:  Building blocks for success
Mark Towers

Leading the Team-Based Church:  How pastors and church staffs can grow together into a powerful fellowship of leaders
George Cladis

Managing Teams
Robert Heller

Organizing Genius:  The secrets of creative collaboration
Warren Bennis & Patricia Biederman

Teamwork:  16 Steps to building a high-performance team
Price Pritchett

When Sparks Fly:  Igniting creativity in groups
Dorothy Leonard & Walter Swap

Motivating Workers/Employees

The 8 Laws of Leadership:  Making extraordinary leaders out of ordinary believers
Elmer Towns

Doing the Impossible:  Motivating yourself and other for the maximum
Neil Jackson

Fish!:  A remarkable way to boost morale and improve results
S. Lundin, H. Paul, & J. Christensen

Gung Ho!:  Turn on the people in any organization
Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles

Hidden Value:  How great companies achieve extraordinary results with ordinary people
By Charles O’Reilly & Jeffrey Pfeffer

The Leadership Engine:  Building leaders at every level
Noel Tichy (with Eli Cohen)

The Leadership Pill:  The missing ingredient in motivating people today
Ken Blanchard & Marc Muchnick

Learning to Lead:  Bringing out the best in people
Fred Smith

Life as a Daymaker:  Lead a life that influences the world around you by simply making someone else’s day
David Wagner

Listen Up, Leader!:  Pay attention, improve and guide
David Cottrell (with Alice Adams)

Motivational Ideas For Changing Lives
Neil Jackson

Satisfaction:  How Every Great Company Listens to the Voice of the Customer
Chris Denove and James D. Power IV


Managers as Mentors:  Building partnerships for learning
Chip Bell

Mentoring:  Confidence in finding a mentor and becoming one
Bobb Biehl

Mentoring:  Personal mentors
Terry Walling

Personal Development

Creating You & Co.:  Learn to think like the CEO of your own career
William Bridges

Descending into Greatness
Bill Hybels

Developing the Leader Within You
John Maxwell

Done!:  How to accomplish twice as much in half the time—at home and at the office
Don Aslett

The Employee Handbook of New Work Habits For The Next Millennium:  10 new ground rules for job success
Price Pritchett

The Ethics of Excellence
Price Pritchett

Fast Growth:  A career acceleration strategy
Price Pritchett

If You Want It Done Right, You Don’t Have to Do It Yourself:  The power of effective delegation
Donna Genett

The Leader Within:  An empowering path of self-discovery
Howard Haas (with Bob Tamarkin)

The Other 90%:  How to unlock your vast untapped potential for leadership and life
Robert Cooper

Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership:  The paradox of personal dysfunction
Gary McIntosh & Samuel Rima

The Present:  The gift that makes you happy and successful at work and in life
Spencer Johnson

Reinventing Work:  The brand you
Tom Peters

The Seven Minute Difference:  Small steps to big changes
Allyson Lewis

Peter Block

Student Leadership Practices Inventory
James Kouzes & Barry Posner


Improving Your Serve:  The art of unselfish living
Charles Swindoll

Insights on Leadership:  Service, stewardship, spirit, and servant-leadership
Larry Spears (editor)

In the Name of Jesus:  Reflections on Christian Leadership
Henri Nouwen

Journey to the East
Robert Hesse

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World:  An entrepreneur’s odyssey to educate the world’s children
John Wood

Making the Grass Greener on Your Side:  A CEO’s journey to leading by serving
Ken Melrose

Reflections on Leadership:  How Robert Greenleaf’s theory of servant-leadership influenced today’s top management thinkers
Larry Spears (editor)

The Secret:  What great leaders know—and do
Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller

The Servant:  A simple story about leadership
James Hunter

The Servant as Leader
Robert Greenleaf

The Servant Leader
Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges

The Servant Leader: How to build a creative team, develop great morale, and improve bottom-line performance
James Autry

Servants of the People
Lea Williams

The Teacher as Servant:  A parable
Robert Greenleaf

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