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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2002)
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Ryan Reeves
I am judging this book based on what it bills itself as: a book on leadership. On that basis, the book does not deliver.

The biggest drawback to this book is that Hybels dwells too much on his own success, his own unique ministry, and his own style of leadership. Little of this can be applied universally. I also soon realized that Hybels has a penchant for dwelling overly-long on illustrations that no normal leader can connect with (examples include: whisking his inner core of leaders off on wee...more
Seth Little
I finished this one while vacationing at the beach, and I have to say I enjoyed it. Hybels is very different from me and not very different from some of my close friends. He's a doer, a self-described activist type, maybe even a pragmatist. I tend to identify more as a thinker (rather than a doer), and books from guys like Hybels tend to feel more like pep rallies than substantial content. Still, I think it's been a valuable read for me. I respect Bill Hybels and am glad to have given a listen t...more
This book was really helpful in understanding how fundamentally important it is to achieve balance; and explained a lot of great things about leadership.
This book reads like a sermon: everything repeated about three or four times using different vocabulary; illustrations; Bible verses; meaningless adjectives like "wonderful" and "incredible" and "phenomenal"; unfortunate sentences like "Without vision, people lose the vitality that makes them feel alive." None of this is surprising, I guess, since Bill Hybels is a very successful motivational speaker.

He is also a proven leader, so that alone makes the book worth wading through, or skimming throu...more
I could spend quite some time if I wrote out all the things about this book that are worth reviewing. It really just needs to be read.
If you are a church elder, pastor, lay leader, etc - read it
If you are a leader in the business world - read it
If you are a leader of a family - read it.

While Bill is targeting church leaders and much of it focuses in that realm, so many of us that have leadership potential allow it to dissipate because we don't recognize it, don't build it up and do...more
Again: love love love. This book is great because it's flat-out about Christian leadership. John C Maxwell is fantastic, but you have to apply his principles in a biblical way. Hybels spells it out for you. This book seriously challenged me to nurture my gift of leadership.
Zac George
This book had some good principles and challenges for Christian leadership. Hybels writes with lots of stories, which makes for a more enjoyable read. Overall I really liked it. He writes like a pastor/speaker though, which is sometimes annoying (repeated phrases, random idioms, etc). Ultimately I got used to it and still found this to be a very helpful book, especially as I currently work in vocational ministry.

My major complaint has to do with his whole mantra that the local church is the hope...more
Kevin Tucker
Dec 01, 2007 Kevin Tucker rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all leaders, all pastors, everyone who wants to make a difference in the world
I haven't finished yet, and I know this book is a 5 star. And yet in a way, it's a one star. It's a five because Hybels is such a great leader that you know that what he is talking about is true, and right, and can really make a difference in one's own perception of leadership. He gives wonderful stories about leadership and describes the successes that he has seen, not only in his own leadership, but in the leadership of those around him that he has raised up.

And it's a one star in that it hurt...more
This helped me grow in my leadership as I was a pretty under-developed leader when I read this. It taught me the importance of vision and what role it plays in leadership, and gave me a great foundation for building a team. I still use key concepts from this book in my leadership and the leadership I try to develop in others today.
Michael Vincent
Hybels is very encouraging and insightful and gives helpful illustrations. A worthwhile book on church leadership, though sometimes it is hard to relate to his unique and large ministry.
Anna Salahub
If that book came in perfect timing I might have been more impressed. But overall it is so good to learn from someone who has been in ministry for more than 30 years and preserved as humble, God-loving, and fired up for God. So I did get many many good tips on leadership.
We should remember that we always lead someone. Someone always watches us, even if that's just one person. So we should be careful about our own life. Not image, but true life. And true life can only be found in the close relat...more
Kate Nizienski
I'm almost finished with this one. I really enjoy it. Sometimes I would get the feeling that Bill Hybels thinks that his way is THE WAY to get things done and accomplished. And goodness it sure has worked for the development of WCA. But with the way the book is written it feels like an encouragement at the same time. I'm not a church leader, but I found a lot of valuable information for serving even on an individual level. The description of what a leader is, what's expected- in regards to chara...more
Kevin Gray
Great resource on leadership. This is one I will return to over and over again.
Mike Denk
One of those books that makes you fell like a wise uncle is sitting you down and just pouring into you.
Recognizing the diverse callings of leadership, Hybels outlines a variety of leadership styles and developmental approaches. Despite this heterogeneity, Hybels understands that, whatever one’s calling, a leader is only as good as his or her vision. A leader must project a vision of hope and progress to all the activities of leadership, whether raising resources, constructing a team, or developing future leaders. Courageous Leadership offers a hopeful and experienced perspective on the task, char...more
Heather Pulley
I'm going to go ahead and give up on this book. I just don't care. It's really a book about how Bill Hybels leads his mega-church, which is great, if you want to lead a mega-church or some other super huge enterprise. Not all leadership is this large-scale and I just couldn't relate to or get into much of what he was talking about. He's hugely successful and is obviously doing many things right, but as another reviewer put it, this is more like a memoir than a general leadership book.
Amazing, clear, and well-structured advice on church and ministry leadership from a guy who's been doing it - and doing it well - for 30 years. Hybels writes for popular consumption, but that doesn't mean the principles he espouses are necessarily easy. It's challenging, exciting, and a little nerve-wracking to think of implementing all that he suggests as necessary for a modern church or organization to thrive.
This book took a while to grow on me, but after the first four chapters I started to find it more my style. My main qualm is that Hybels writes from a Willow-centric perspective. At times it's a bit much, but that is Hybels' only claim to leadership fame. Aside from that, he gives some useful advice and leadership concepts based on his experience. If I could, I would give it 3 1/2 stars.
If u want to know more abt leadership from a 30 yr worth, this book helps u to understand the behind the scenes of a church from its humble beginnings and how leaders can really be used to bring abt the change for the lord. Good suggestions by the author to explore and know more abt the str that God has given to u and how to tap into them.
Some wise and well laid concepts. I especially liked the three 'C' for staff, the chapter on financial resources, the concept of compass leadership and self-leading, and the reflections on the leadership of Mother Theresa on the last chapter.
Linda White
The last few chapters were better than the rest because he used good teaching from other books about self leadership and individual connections with God and how we differ. The other principles were nothing new too me and there were way too many personal examples about willow and himself
Doug Price
A great resource on leadership but I closed it feeling like I was ready to lead a company rather than lead the church. Hybels certainly has a strong business philosophy in how church is carried out. Unfortunately I have a hard time seeing this philosophy anywhere in the New Testament.
Herausfordernd, hinterfragend und motivierend.
Man muss nur von vorne bis hinten bedenken, dass Bill Hybles Amerikaner ist und eine sehr große Gemeinde hat und man deswegen einige seiner Erkenntnisse für eine kleine deutsche Gemeinde nicht passend sind.
Thomas Kinsfather
Hybles lives and breaths passion for the local church. Courageous Leadership is one of the best leadership books I've read. The many topics are each handled practically and passionately. Highly recommended for pastors and Christian leaders.
Tommy Kim
I was so moved by this book, I wrote a letter to the author, but I probably sent it to the wrong address. (just a po box address in small print on the back of the book) It's highly recommended for any current and prospective church leaders.
Albert Hong
Worthwhile read from someone who is clearly writing from experience. Appreciated his thoughts on types of leadership and types of spiritualities as a lens to identify God's "wiring" in us. The chapter on raising money stressed me out...
Though not a Christian, I always learn from Bill Hybels' teachings on leadership. This book is no exception. Lots of good ideas, stories to which I can relate, and useful suggestions for challenging oneself to reach leadership potential.
Alberto Filos
Jul 03, 2008 Alberto Filos rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Church leaders
No other book has influenced my thinking so much as this one. I consider this book part sharing his story, but at the same time teaching lifetime principles for leadership and life. This is Bill Hybels at his best!!!
Jun 20, 2008 Jimmy added it
This is a book I've re-read recently. It is a very powerful, encouraging read for church leaders. I love pulling leadership stuff out of business books but this is straight leadership for pastors. A must read.
Walt Walkowski
In some ways, I found this a bit formulaic. Don't get me wrong, Hybels makes a lot of sense, but I also got the feeling that this was more about how Hybels does things than how Scripture instructs us.
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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christ...more
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