Book Review: The Most Excellent Way to Lead: Discover the heart of great leadership, by Perry Noble
Pastor and author Perry Noble has a different perspective on what goes into great leadership. Rather than focusing on the traditional approach and taking about vision, influence, or even character, Noble focuses on leadership style, or how a leader leads. In his latest book, The Most Excellent Way to Lead: Discover the heart of great leadership, the author explores fifteen qualities of an inspirational leader.
The theme of the book comes from an unexpected source, 1 Corinthians 13. Following the characteristics listed in “the love chapter,” Noble explains that great leadership is based on relational qualities. Each chapter of his book explores one of the characteristics noted in 1 Corinthians 13—patience, kindness, no envy, not boasting, humility, honoring others, putting others first, not giving into anger, not keeping a list of others’ faults, not taking pleasure in evil, standing with the truth, protecting others, trusting, hoping, and persevering.
Noble fills the book with personal stories from his life, family, and church ministry. He balances telling about his successes and failures. He also uses Scripture to flesh out his concepts in greater detail. The bulk of his examples comes from the life of King David while the rest comes from the life of Jesus.
The book is biblical, practical, and helpful. However, since leadership is such a broad topic, it would be wise to also read books on how to shape and cast vision. But this volume will help the reader know how to exercise leadership and influence people in a godly manner.
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