I recently asked my 78 year-old grandmother what is the greatest lesson she has learned in life. She paused for a moment and then chuckled, “All of the ones I have been fortunate enough to watch others pay for.” God has been graceful enough to leave an incredible book of principles and guidelines for growth. Even some atheist can agree the Bible is full of incredible lessons and has practical wisdom for living. In spite of this widely accepted understanding, it is often overlooked an incredible tool for leadership development and management skills.
“Leadership Secrets from the Bible,” approaches the Bible and its wisdom from the perspective of a Christian leader who is also responsible for the life and vitality of a business. The book uses both positive and negative illustrations from the lives of Biblical figures to answer the question, “What can we learn from these characters that help us grow and develop into more effective leaders?”
Author Lorin Woolfe uses a combination of business models, Biblical stories to offer insight into more effective management practices, and seldomly addressed leadership tenets like performance management and team development. For example, in describing the importance of selecting the right individuals for a team, she references 1 Chronicles 11-12 and the unification of the Tribes of Gad and Dan, which brought together brave warriors and excellent marksmen. She also describes the immense thought and care that is put into selecting NBA players during the draft, in an effort to illustrate that careful planning and understanding of how the addition of an individual can affect a team are essential to the effectiveness of a team.
With the recent cultural shift caused by greater reliance upon technology and an ever increasing integration of business and ministry, Christian Leaders are pushed to become more strategic and business oriented. The book offers very practical wisdom and uses incredible tales throughout the Bible to the help leaders address a wide range of organizational issues from justice and fairness to communication and leader development. “Leadership Secrets from the Bible,” discusses the essential principles necessary for Christian leaders to develop as a leader and for their organization to function as a business.