oh my!

I was lured into a website this morning by the line  “What’s The First Leadership Book You Would Give To A New Manager?”

As I read the list of 135 books I saw many I have read and many I have not read.  What could these authors be saying?

No wonder emerging leaders have a difficult time knowing where to begin.

Let me save you some time and avoid reading the list.

Leadership is INFLUENCE.  No more no less.  You either have it or you don’t.

So there!  I saved you a bunch of time in the early part of 2012.  I would direct you to some reading which I have found to be the most life changing words I have ever read.

These words of Jesus have changed both in my personal life and my leadership life forever.


The common sense behind right behaviour

7:1-2 – “Don’t criticise people, and you will not be criticised. For you will be judged by the way you criticise others, and the measure you give will be the measure you receive.”

7:3-5 – “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and fail to notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye’, when there is a plank in your own? You fraud! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you can see clearly enough to remove your brother’s speck of dust.”

7:6 – “You must not give holy things to dogs, nor must you throw your pearls before pigs – or they may trample them underfoot and turn and attack you.”

7:7-8 – “Ask and it will be given to you. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you. The one who asks will always receive; the one who is searching will always find, and the door is opened to the man who knocks.”

7:9-11 – “If any of you were asked by his son for bread would you be likely to give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish would you give him a snake? If you then, for all your evil, quite naturally give good things to your children, how much more likely is it that your Heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask him?”

7:12 – “Treat other people exactly as you would like to be treated by them – this is the essence of all true religion.”

7:13-14 – “Go in by the narrow passage. For the wide passage has a broad road which leads to disaster and there are many people going that way. The narrow passage and the hard road lead out into life and only a few are finding it.”

Be RESOLUTE to become a person of influence.