One of the biggest challenges every leader faces is how to continue developing and growing as a leader while still getting things done and moving things forward.
With the ever-increasing demands on our time and energy, often the first thing that goes is investing in ourselves. We know that isnâ€™t wise; itâ€™s really very short-term thinking, but under the pressure of the moment we often make that choice.
One reason we do that is that we donâ€™t see immediate consequences. The consequences of not investing in ourselves now often show up laterâ€”a year or more later, when the challenges are even bigger and we arenâ€™t ready for them.
One way to address that is to change our reading habits. We have all heard that â€œreaders are leadersâ€ and that â€œgrowing churches are led by growing leaders.â€ But the average reader takes 4-6 hours to read one book. It can be a challenge to find that time on a regular basis! Most of us end up with a bunch of unfinished (or unstarted) books that we know we should read but just donâ€™t have time to get to.
Maybe itâ€™s time for you to check out Leaders Book Summaries. They summarize books for busy leaders. They condense books down to 12-15 pages, and then also provide a 2-page summary of the summary. An average reader can go through a whole summary in just 15-20 minutes. Thatâ€™s a lot more efficient than 4-6 hours!
Youâ€™ll get summaries of the titles you should be reading. Leaders Book Summaries was started by pastors, for pastors. They are practitioners, not just theorists. They know what itâ€™s like to be in the trenches, and they pick and summarize books that will help you make a difference.
They issue thirty (30) summaries of leadership books each year. The books are written by both secular and religious authors. Recent examples includeâ€¦
- Leading Congregational Change, by Herrington, Bonem, and Furr.
- The Leadership Playbook, by Nathan Jamail
- Amplified Leadership, by Dan Reiland
- Be The Best Bad Presenter Ever, by Karen Hough
- Supersurvivors, by David Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz.
In addition, titles by Andy Stanley, John Maxwell, Henry Cloud, and other well-known leaders fill their library.
A subscription is normally about $7 a month, or $119/year if you want the archives (over 150 titles). Leaders Book Summaries is currently offering a special discount to our blog readers. Instead of paying the full rate, you can get the monthly rate for just $5.95/month, or the Premium subscription, giving you access to their whole library, for just $99/year. And that covers all the new summaries coming out in 2016 as well!
This is a win-win-win. You can save time, save money, and invest in your own leadership development. You canâ€™t do much better than that!
Click here to get the discounted rate. (It isnâ€™t being offered anywhere else!)
By the way, besides providing summaries to those who subscribe, the folks at Leaders Book Summaries go a step further to support Godâ€™s leaders. A tithe of the profits is given to church planting efforts in the U.S. and Mozambique. Additionally, they give free subscriptions to third world pastors, who often canâ€™t afford to buy books. When you subscribe to their service, you are also investing in other leaders around the world.
- And as a bonus, while you’re learning – go here to learning more about tithing in the bible.