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Courageous Leadership

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  2,705 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2002)
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Ryan Reeves
Apr 01, 2012 Ryan Reeves rated it it was ok
Shelves: leadership
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
Seth Little
Apr 20, 2012 Seth Little rated it liked it
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
Jun 24, 2009 Shanti rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 05, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing
This book was really helpful in understanding how fundamentally important it is to achieve balance; and explained a lot of great things about leadership.
Nov 25, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favorite leadership books ever. Some of my favorite takeaways are...

"This is not a book on leadership theories, but rather on proven leadership practice."

"Whatever the capacity for human suffering, the church has a greater capacity for healing and wholeness."

"What flourishing churches have in common is that they are led by people who possess and deploy the spiritual gift of leadership."

"Leaders see the big picture and understand how to help others find their place of service w
Dec 06, 2010 Jocelyn rated it liked it
Shelves: 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
Oct 28, 2010 Jason rated it really liked it
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
Shaun Lee
Mar 20, 2015 Shaun Lee rated it it was amazing
Thankfully I read the book without knowing the identity of this certain Bill Hybels. If I knew, I would most probably not have even picked up the book! I would have missed the opportunity to get a glimpse of the inner workings of this man of God (because of my negative perception of Willow Creek and the visitor-friendly church model).

In the introduction, Hybels claims that he waited thirty years to write this book, and that Courageous leadership is the one he feels most strongly about. Some grea
Ash Thorpe
Jul 14, 2017 Ash Thorpe rated it it was amazing
Very good read. Fantastic overview of the challenges facing leaders. Written for church leaders but would be applicable broader.
Colin Adams
May 08, 2017 Colin Adams rated it liked it
Not bad, but think there is better stuff out there on leadership.
Jeremy Copeland
Jan 03, 2017 Jeremy Copeland rated it it was amazing
One of the best leadership / ministry books there is.
Norman Falk
Mar 19, 2017 Norman Falk rated it it was amazing
Lo leí para una materia en el instituto bíblico. Figura en mi lista mental de los libros que tengo que re-leer.
Fearghal Kelly
Feb 25, 2013 Fearghal Kelly rated it really liked it
If you're a leader, this book is vital. That's not an overstatement.

Bill Hybells takes you on a journey from how only the Gospel can save lives and the centrality of the Church as the vehicle of the Gospel to chapter after chapter leadership lessons, mistakes to avoid, and Biblical wisdom. He's talking about something he knows through seasoned experience and intimacy with God. As I turned each page, there was so much more I didn't previously know - or even thought about contemplating! I'm so gra
Lee Hopper
Feb 27, 2017 Lee Hopper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the best book on leadership I have ever read. I recommend to everyone who is in any form of Christian leadership - you have to read this book. It has changed me and the way I lead for the better. I think I will end up reading it again in a few years as it was that great.
Jeff McLain
Jan 04, 2017 Jeff McLain rated it really liked it
Excellent book about Leadership
Craig Whibley
In all honesty, though I have to credit Bill Hybels as being an obviously successful leader, this book really failed to deliver in my opinion.
There was way too much anecdotal leadership examples given from his own experience, and I found myself unable to relate with much of what he talked about. Willow Creek is the third largest church in the United States with just shy of 24,000 members. Very few people can relate to leadership examples from a church that size.
I also found there to be a startli
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
Jan 06, 2016 Kiran rated it liked it
Very readable, and lots of clear, practical, valuable insights in here. Would have given 3.5 if I could. Primarily geared towards church leaders, particularly pastors. As much as the title and the introduction suggest that it's a general leadership book, I wouldn't recommend it for anyone other than those looking to directly apply it to their church leadership. Plenty of real, on-the-ground wisdom. I had to put the book down once or twice because Hybels' words had given me a new perspective into ...more
Kevin Tucker
Oct 21, 2007 Kevin Tucker rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2015 Pete rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It was good to hear stories from Bill's experience and to see the journey God has taken him on. I gave it three stars because I felt like his perspective on leadership was one sided. There are a whole range of leadership types and personalities, and it seems to me that Hybels prefers one type. Maybe I'm wrong about that, but I did feel a little bit on the outside of his leadership descriptions. And I also am taking into account that he is recruiting and training lead ...more
Kate Nizienski
Jul 22, 2008 Kate Nizienski rated it liked it
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
Jan 20, 2008 Brett rated it liked it
Shelves: leadership
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
Stephanie Rideau
Courageous Leadership is a powerful & life-changing book the everyone with the gift of leadership should read. Every church leader and every pastor should be required to read this book if they truly care to become the best leader they were called to be. Every business person in corporate will glean much from the first nine chapters and the last two chapters. This will help you elevate your ability to lead in your role. This is by far, one of the best leadership books that I've read - and I h ...more
Anna Salahub
Jun 06, 2014 Anna Salahub rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2015 Emilie rated it it was amazing
I found this book both inspiring and practical. Although there are some fundamentals laid out that can be applied to many areas of leadership, it is directed towards Leadership in ministry.

At the core, Hybels lays out that "the Church is the Hope of the World." Everything in the book sits on this principle.

I enjoyed the real-life illustrations, the wisdom that comes with time, and the charisma and passion that spills from the pages. The most noteworthy sections are the practical steps like the t
Jacquelyn Bushnell
Dec 03, 2014 Jacquelyn Bushnell rated it it was amazing
This book was given us (the volunteers) by the young adult pastors at my church. I am so thankful they decided to sew into our leadership skills by giving us this book because it was very insightful. I have so many take aways and different ways I have been putting to action what I have learned in this book.

Whether you believe you're a leader or not, I strongly recommend picking up this book!

If you're a pastor, I strongly recommend getting this book for yourself and your team!
Oct 26, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
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.
Trevor Winsor
Bill Hybels does a superb job defining, describing, and prescribing what a godly and efficient leader looks like. This book goes everywhere from raising finances to igniting your vision for your ministry. Bill writes with such passion and humility. There is a genuine real-ness to his heart and his love of all things leadership. This was an excellent book and I highly recommend it to anyone in a leadership position, or anyone who wishes to be in a leadership position.
Savio Sebastian
Jan 12, 2016 Savio Sebastian rated it liked it
I like how transperent Bill was with this book - giving real workable insights into running a vision planted in your heart - he was speaking more from a church planting history. Interspersed with great stories here and there, it makes it a nice read into leadership and also Bill's life and Willow Creek's history. Nothing terribly new though, but enjoyable read. One repeated idea he talks about in the book: "the local church is the hope of the world"
Heather Pulley
Aug 02, 2013 Heather Pulley rated it it was ok
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.
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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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“You're a leader. It's your job to keep your passion hot. Do whatever you have to do, read whatever you have to read, go wherever you have to go to stay fired up. And don't apologize to anybody. ” 22 likes
“I believe that the great tragedy of the church in our time has been its failure to recognize the importance of the spiritual gift of leadership. It appears to me that only a fraction of pastors worldwide are exercising the spiritual gift of leadership, organizing the church around it, and deploying church members through it. The results, in terms of church growth and worldwide spiritual impact, are staggering.” 3 likes
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