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Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future

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The Next Generation Leader has been challenging young Christians eager to learn, grow, and lead in ministry or in the marketplace since its original release in 2003. Now with an all-new look, this repackaged version continues to advance the mission of the first release. Mentoring young leaders as they face the unique issues of a changing world has bee
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Multnomah (first published December 31st 2002)
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Mark Ward
May 29, 2013 Mark Ward rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio, 2013

Stanley offers a summary of his views on leadership at the end of the book:

•Play to your strengths. Delegate your weaknesses.
•Be courageous.
•Be clear in the face of uncertainty.
•Find a leadership coach.
•Maintain your character.

I listened to the book from Christian Audio (thanks to them for the review copy), so I'll just record most of the thoughts that struck me and interested me enough to pause and write them down. They'll track more or less with the outline above.

•Do what you're gifted to do a
Dec 19, 2013 Travis rated it liked it
Andy Stanley is at his best when he is helping leaders know how to lead. This is why Next Generation Leader has so much to offer. In this simple work, Stanley shares five important principles of leadership that he has gathered over his years of, well, leading.

The strength of the book comes in its simple, straight-forward, and encouraging counsel on how to lead. For example, Stanley reminds us that, as leaders, it is wise for us to spend our time doing what we are naturally shaped and gifted to
Радостин Марчев
Jun 19, 2014 Радостин Марчев rated it really liked it
Имах намерение да дам на книгата 3 звезди. По-голямата част от нея е много практична, но материалът не се различава съществено от това, което би написал всеки успешен (да кажем) бизнес лидер. Последната част посветена на характера ме накара да си променя мнението, заради което получава една допълнителна звезда. Тук Анди Стенли се е справил добре и материалът определено заслужава внимание - не толкова понеже е с нещо революционен, а понеже е верен и важен за всеки християнски водач.
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Nov 05, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I revisit every couple of years to remind myself of some truths I might otherwise forget.

The book is divided into five sections, each about one of the five essentials of leadership (competence, courage, clarity, coaching, and character)

Some of my favorite takeaways from this book are:

"Learning from the experiences of others enables you to go farther, faster."

"In leadership, success is succession. If someone coming along behind me is not able to take what I have o
Jonathan Esterman
Mar 20, 2015 Jonathan Esterman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you a next generation leader? Stanley seems to promise that this book will help forge you on that path. This book is about the five essentials for those who will shape the future. This book is all about leadership, and not necessarily in the business culture. It can be, in Stanley's case, leading a church as an Associate Pastor. The next generation of leaders, those in their younger thirties, has, as Stanley asserts, a strong ethic to personal growth and achievement. Stanley desires to bring ...more
Nathan Schneider
Oct 11, 2014 Nathan Schneider rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast, simple read, but was full of wisdom for the next generation leader. Andy's emphasis on the five characteristics for leaders was easily translatable into all leadership situations.
David Eversole
Oct 04, 2013 David Eversole rated it liked it
This was a good, quick read. Nothing really earth-shattering here, but good reminders about basic leadership stuff. Just like a good preacher, he made his points fit into 5 'C' words - just have to be alliterative. Good stuff and worth the quick read. I appreciated that he said what was important and kept moving. He did not dwell on any of the topics for too long.
Rat Barrel
Dec 21, 2011 Rat Barrel rated it really liked it
If you are a power wielder or into transactional or pseudo-transformation leadership, you will not like this book. This book is written with character and integrity in mind. There is much to Stanley's leadership style and ideas, and this book is well worth the price.
Neil Coulter

This isn't a bad book, it's just unnecessary. It doesn't offer anything new. If you've read a few books by the usual leadership suspects (Covey, Blanchard, Maxwell, et al.) then Next Generation Leader is merely another iteration of the same. Stanley's church is much different than the kind of church I prefer--and that's fine; I'm happy with variety in the Christian faith--and that background put me off at some points in the book. Some of Stanley's comments are fine for the business world but fee

Dewayne Griffin
Feb 22, 2014 Dewayne Griffin rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I would recommend this book for anyone who desires to be a leader with purpose and character that focuses on making whatever responsibilities you have as a leader maximized by leaving a legacy.

Andy takes several of the leadership lessons you would read from the famous authors such as John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, Rick Warren, and the writers of the bible and delivers a book structured around what he calls the five most important traits for future leaders: competence, courage
Thomas Kinsfather
May 25, 2012 Thomas Kinsfather rated it it was amazing
A powerfully written and enabling look at leadership. Stanley's writing is clear and practical. Next Generation Leader helped me become more intentional in my leadership.
Aug 11, 2013 Karthik rated it liked it
A good self help book. Very clear and lucid. Nothing out of the world or new. But reinforces some of things we know but we usually forget. Definitely worth a read.
Shawn Thornton
Feb 08, 2013 Shawn Thornton rated it it was amazing
Best book on leadership I have ever read. Perfect for young pastors and ministry leaders. First book I recommend to others when they ask me about leadership in ministry.
Apr 06, 2015 Danny rated it it was ok
It is not a bad book, but quite simplistic (took me about 30 minutes to read the whole thing). Stanley is a good communicator but I had to laugh because the book is about working within your Giddings and it felt like he was speaking on a subject to which he is not an expert. Perhaps it was because I just read strength finder 2.0 and had training on the principles in it that were like a grown up version of what this book was trying to communicate.

I found the exercises in the book to be in helpfu
There wasn't anything ground breaking in this book from a Christian leadership perspective, but it was a good reminder of important leadership principles. It was a quick read and encouraging. My brief summary is:

God did not make us to be great at everything. He made us to be in community with others in all aspects of life. If we are in community at work and seek others who complement our skills and strengths, we will advance the mission of the company and the Kingdom. Leadership is not always ab
Daniel Keohane
Feb 02, 2015 Daniel Keohane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short book on leadership is quite good, broken into 5 sections covering the 5 aspects/traits of a great leader. Stanley discusses these in good detail these traits, which he feels are invaluable for a successful leader. I suggest reading the introduction (some people skip these) first, since it covers the overall topic of the book in high level. I found many new concepts here, but not having read many leadership books in the past, perhaps it's simple common sense. Andy Stanley is a world-re ...more
Nov 11, 2009 Iamthird rated it liked it
Wherever there is great fear, there is great opportunity. Leaders see and seize opportunity. Courage is a catalyst for leadership. Leaders instill courage in the hearts of those who follow - this rarely happens through words alone - generally requires action. We are always one decision, one word, one reaction away from damaging what has taken years to develop. Our talent, our opportunities, and our passion for leadership are all given to us by God - remember our successes are the blessings of Go ...more
Mukesh Anand
Nov 09, 2012 Mukesh Anand added it
Recommends it for: All my official friends
Various good ideas the pages of this book holding..
Can a "servant leader" go success in business environment? we can deny principles of post heroic management traits and "level 5" leadership capabilities.. But to my honest opinion,"servant leaders will workout in business environment if they can really "influenze" and above all they should be really selfless.The leader who get to top in the career the one who is more competitive.They will develop ideas but it should not gratify and go to heads..
Jun 28, 2013 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narrator thoughts – I can’t say much either way. He had a good voice and it was easy to understand him, but it didn’t seem like he very passionate about this topic. Overall it was fairly good and he delivered the book well.

Book thoughts – I liked many of his thoughts on leadership. His thoughts on honing in on your strengths and making sure you live out your priorities were encouraging. Today it’s so easy to get sidetracked. So easy to crave power and fame and lose what is most valuable to you i
Dr. Trent
Oct 18, 2013 Dr. Trent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute ( and christianaudio ( While christianaudio did provide a free review copy of this book, this is not a paid review or advertisement.

Based on the title, I though Andy Stanley’s book, Next Generation Leader, was going to be focused on young leaders and the challenges that they will face in the future of ministry. I was considering the book for one of you core au
The Book Man
Apr 16, 2015 The Book Man rated it it was amazing
Great book on leadership!!!

~ “Wherever there is fear, there is great opportunity.
Wherever there is great fear, there is great opportunity.”
~ “Dream no small dreams, for they stir not the hearts of men.”
~ “Leadership is all about taking people on a journey.”
~ “Pencil in your plans. Etch the vision in stone.”
~ “Character is what makes you a leader worth following.”
~ “Character is the will to do what’s right even when it’s hard.”

“To become a leader worth following, you must give time and attentio
May 27, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
Courage, Clarity, Competence, Coachability and Character. These are all well-known principles and are yet things we all have difficulty with despite our level of leadership
I appreciated this book. It was short enough to not be cumbersome or wordy and still gave time to share a couple of stories within the various chapters. I think Andy is a great communicator and it comes through in his writing and makes this an enjoyable read.

Now, if you are a leader and have devoted any time to reading from
Buddy Draper
Apr 10, 2016 Buddy Draper rated it really liked it
This is a great book for future leaders who haven 19t read very many books about leadership. Stanley has experienced astounding growth in the church he helped plant. He 19s done great things that make me stand in awe of God. This book is good, but I didn 19t enjoy it very much because I 19ve been reading these kinds of books for over ten years and they all pretty much sound the same and talk about the same things.
Peter Mead
Jul 26, 2014 Peter Mead rated it really liked it
Five essentials for those who will shape the future. This is an earlier Stanley book that is worth a read as he addresses important issues with his effective communication and personal stories. If you enjoy Andy's preaching, as I do, then you will also enjoy his writing (which is certainly not always the case!) This is a good and easy read that makes some key points for younger and emerging leaders.
Crystal Sparks
Mar 15, 2016 Crystal Sparks rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for leaders and their teams to read! So much of our time is spent developing our external abilities instead of working to be internally better. The book was both insightful and deeply convicting on some things I feel like I can be doing better.
Our leadership team will be reading this in the next few months!
JJ Vancil
Dec 06, 2012 JJ Vancil rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
Next Generation Leader, by Andy Stanley, is about the core fundamentals of what it means to be a leader. In many ways, it is as if this book is Stanley’s final words on leadership. He is writing this in hopes of raising up the next generation of leaders who will be ready to take over the helm, and do it effectively. He outlines five basic fundamentals of leadership: Competence, Courage, Clarity, Coaching and Character. Without each of these in place, the next generation leader will ‘expend an in ...more
David S. Maurer
Aug 23, 2014 David S. Maurer rated it really liked it
This was a very good book for anyone who is in a leadership position or wants to get into a leadership position. It is very straightforward with some thought provoking and very practical information and advice for the reader
Oct 26, 2015 Nate rated it it was amazing
I think Andy does a great job outlining some the key characteristics of leadership in a concise manner. The book is very clear - he reinforces his points with examples and none of the content is overly confusing. In fact, that's one of his main themes - that being a leader is simple if you're willing to agree to some basic principles that most of the world denies. This book gave me some great ideas about how to change the way I lead and how to act in future leadership ventures. I think Andy Stan ...more
May 26, 2015 Tracey rated it it was amazing
If you follow Andy Stanley, there is some familiar material here. As always, very solid principals and clear explanation. This would make a great gift for a young leader in your life.
Steven Walker
Feb 06, 2016 Steven Walker rated it it was amazing
Great read. Very practical and very insightful. It is the kind of book you read and re-read. If applied to ones life it has the potential to change the way you lead.
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“Don’t strive to be a well-rounded leader. Instead, discover your zone and stay there. Then delegate everything else.

Admitting a weakness is a sign of strength. Acknowledging weakness doesn’t make a leader less effective.

Everybody in your organization benefits when you delegate responsibilities that fall outside your core competency. Thoughtful delegation will allow someone else in your organization to shine. Your weakness is someone’s opportunity.

Leadership is not always about getting things done “right.” Leadership is about getting things done through other people.

The people who follow us are exactly where we have led them. If there is no one to whom we can delegate, it is our own fault.

As a leader, gifted by God to do a few things well, it is not right for you to attempt to do everything. Upgrade your performance by playing to your strengths and delegating your weaknesses.

There are many things I can do, but I have to narrow it down to the one thing I must do. The secret of concentration is elimination.

Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.

My competence in these areas defines my success as a pastor.

A sixty-hour workweek will not compensate for a poorly delivered sermon. People don’t show up on Sunday morning because I am a good pastor (leader, shepherd, counselor).

In my world, it is my communication skills that make the difference. So that is where I focus my time.

To develop a competent team, help the leaders in your organization discover their leadership competencies and delegate accordingly.

Once you step outside your zone, don’t attempt to lead. Follow.

The less you do, the more you will accomplish.

Only those leaders who act boldly in times of crisis and change are willingly followed.

Accepting the status quo is the equivalent of accepting a death sentence. Where there’s no progress, there’s no growth. If there’s no growth, there’s no life. Environments void of change are eventually void of life. So leaders find themselves in the precarious and often career-jeopardizing position of being the one to draw attention to the need for change. Consequently, courage is a nonnegotiable quality for the next generation leader.

The leader is the one who has the courage to act on what he sees.

A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everybody else is whispering privately. It is not his insight that sets the leader apart from the crowd. It is his courage to act on what he sees, to speak up when everyone else is silent. Next generation leaders are those who would rather challenge what needs to change and pay the price than remain silent and die on the inside.

The first person to step out in a new direction is viewed as the leader. And being the first to step out requires courage. In this way, courage establishes leadership.

Leadership requires the courage to walk in the dark. The darkness is the uncertainty that always accompanies change. The mystery of whether or not a new enterprise will pan out. The reservation everyone initially feels when a new idea is introduced. The risk of being wrong.

Many who lack the courage to forge ahead alone yearn for someone to take the first step, to go first, to show the way. It could be argued that the dark provides the optimal context for leadership. After all, if the pathway to the future were well lit, it would be crowded.

Fear has kept many would-be leaders on the sidelines, while good opportunities paraded by. They didn’t lack insight. They lacked courage.

Leaders are not always the first to see the need for change, but they are the first to act.

Leadership is about moving boldly into the future in spite of uncertainty and risk.

You can’t lead without taking risk. You won’t take risk without courage. Courage is essential to leadership.”
“To ensure that we are leading with our feet firmly planted on the soil of what is, we must live by the seven commandments of current reality:

Thou shalt not pretend.
Though shalt not turn a blind eye.
Thou shalt not exaggerate.
Thou shalt not shoot the bearer of bad news.
Thou shalt not hide behind the numbers.
Thou shalt not ignore constructive criticism.
Thou shalt not isolate thyself.
Attempting to lead while turning a blind eye to reality is like treading water: It can only go on for so long, eventually you will sink. As a next generation leader, be willing to face the truth regardless of how painful it might be. And if you don’t like what you see, change it.”
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