Dr. Henry Cloud’s book

How to Go to the Next Level--And Take Others With You

9Things a Leader Must Do – is a book that I picked up at a small group leaders conference at Willow Creek Church in Chicago a few months ago.  Henry Cloud was there and assists with developing leadership (discipleship) at Willow as well as being an author and radio show host.  This little book is jam packed, although a quick read.  A couple of my friends have had positive things to say about the book also, so I thought I would at least list the main points.  Maybe we’ll come back in depth on a couple of them later.

9Things a Leader Must Do

  1. Explore their deep hearts and invest in their inner desires and drives.
  2. Do not allow negative things to take up space in their lives
  3. Evaluate their decisions in the present based on how they will affect the future.
  4. Continually ask themselves, “What can I do to make this situation better?”
  5. Achieve big goals by taking small steps over time.
  6. Develop the ability to hate the right things well.
  7. Give back better than they are given.
  8. Do not strive to be or appear more than they really are.
  9. Do not make decisions based on the fear of other people’s reactions.

I am continually working on several of these, but I did take away some great applications from this book.  I would recommend it highly. 

Determine to be a leader where you are and where you are going to be, there are plenty of folks doing nothing to make a difference.  Follow the greatest leader of all, Jesus.


One Response

  1. There’s a fundamental theory and charge to give any leader a leg up…”Love others as you love yourself.”

    Huge step in the right direction, no?

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