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EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Total Money Makeover and radio and podcast host Dave Ramsey comes an informative guide based on how he grew a successful, multimillion dollar company from a card table in his living room.

Your company is only as strong as your leaders. These are the men and women doing battle daily beneath the banner that is your brand. Are
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Howard Books
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Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I like Dave's straightforward approach to... pretty much everything in life. Finances, business, employees, parenting... The list goes on and on. I was listening to his podcast almost daily for 2 years and I still enjoy listening to it occasionally. He really helped me to solidify certain rules for myself and, yes, also get out of debt. My finances were not horrible, but nothing to be proud of either and now I can see a drastic change which I attribute first and foremost to his principles.

I have lost track of how many times I picked this book up and put it down over the years. At least 4 times. And I'm not sure why. It is an incredibly relevant, useful book about leadership, management, and entrepreneurship. I consider it super foundational and worth reading.
At the same time, while I agree with the content, I think Dave Ramsey comes across a bit too curmudgeonly to really appeal to me. He talks in the book about the four work personality types
Ben Donahower
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really good. With a title like EntreLeadership, I thought this book was going to be a little cheesy, but not so. There were some rock solid tactics and strategies for improving your business acumen and your leadership skills.

The book is pretty methodical too, so it's easy to see where you're going and where you've been.

One of the stories that stuck out to me illustrates his hiring practices. He would take the potential employee and the spouse out to dinner. Dave was always surprised by the numb
Mikayla Fleetwood
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
This book should be read by any person in leadership, ministry, business, or any position of authority, whether big or small. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the thoughts, advice, and experiences of someone who has been on both sides of the fence.
In Entreleadership, Dave Ramsey pours his heart out to the reader in giving all the advice that he has learned through his twenty-year-journey through the ups and downs of business. He will make you laugh talking about the ignorance of some, and he will
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
One of my resolutions this year was to read more “business” books and this is one I’ve had on my shelf for awhile. I’m a huge Dave Ramsey fan so I went into this book expecting to really enjoy it. His advice (and he will admit this) is usually common sense stuff – some of it you already know and some of it is new but good. This book is more of the same of that. So did I like it? Meh. I think DR’s personality was featured a little too strongly in the book and it came as a bit of a turn off. He’s ...more
Chad Warner
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chad by: Torey Heinz
Ramsey dispenses both leadership philosophy and practical advice about running a business. He emphasizes ethics and integrity, showing from firsthand experience how to apply Christian principles to business and use the Golden Rule when dealing with customers, employees, and vendors. He both tells and shows with his stories that business requires hard work, and that with success comes criticism.

The book is filled with Ramsey’s personal experience, which comes mostly from his twenty-plus years run
Greg Strandberg
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
I really enjoyed this book. It has tons of good ideas for people that are self-employed or run their own business.

I work as an author and also writer for others. This gave me good ideas on leadership, staying consistent, being patient, managing change, and dealing with ups and downs.

What stands out is that you get perspective. This guy had a good business and then went broke. Now he counsels people on how to get out of debt. Overall, he has good insight from 30+ years in the field.

I recommend t
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a running joke, I’ve always said that I live my life by the Bible and Dave Ramsey. And even though it’s more of a silly thing I say to show how much I appreciate Dave Ramsey’s teachings, the older I’ve gotten, the more I begin to realize that there might actually be some truth to that statement.

I was one of the fortunate, and very few–I’m learning, children who grew up with the Junior financial books that the Ramsey foundation first released in the early 2000s. Because of that, I have been in
Gil Bradshaw
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Dave Ramsey is full of good advice and anecdotes from his own personal business career. This book contains a lot of practical advice for someone who is starting their own very small business and contains good practical suggestions for people who have companies that are at later stages as well.

It is clear that Mr. Ramsey has been extensively trained and counseled by some very good minds on the subject of leadership. The content of the book is an amalgam of Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich," D
Gail Welborn
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches, Hardcover, by Dave Ramsey, Howard Books, 2011, 320 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1451617856, $26.99

Dave Ramsey, well-known author, financial guru and nationally syndicated radio host calls his new release a “playbook” that led to his financial success, satisfaction and joy. His unconventional practical advice, devoid of theories and formulas, comes from twenty years of practical, hands-on business experience that began on his living
Ryan Seamons
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: product, business
Awesome book. Perfect for the entrepreneur, but also great for anyone wanting to get practical advice on being a leader.

Some big takeaways for me were:

Passion beats almost anything. Passionate people win. He would take a less talented person with passion over an passionless top talent person every day. Dave talks about how important passion is and some specific things he does to hire passionate people and bring out the passion in his current employees

I love that Dave shares specific stories from
Lauren Sheil
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Dave Ramsey is one of those guys you either love or you hate.

I can see why. He has an ego the size of Texas, which is all the more impressive when you consider he's from Tennessee. But if you can get past the ego and ignore the politics (he's about as right-wing as Wayne Gretzky) Ramsey has some really important things to say about building the culture of your business.

The story of how he chartered a jet to bring a team member home who's wife was killed in a car accident speaks volumes about t
Michael Garner
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about understanding competent business leadership, an area many companies of all sizes lack. I am not in a leadership role in my current position, nor am I self-employed. However, this book has given me insight to improve my current role as a low-ranking team member, and makes me excited for the future. I have also been thinking about starting some sort of business on the side, but I am not yet there to begin that. When I do, this book will be a great educational asset when I do. ...more
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Go back to first chapter for list of things you must always be doing.

Positional leadership vs Persuasion Leadership
Head of fries is positional, persuasion is discussion.

Leader must have a servant mentality.

start with a dream - end with a goal
Dream and do something
Vision is what happens to the dream
where there is no vision, you will perish. business, family, etc..

chapter 3
what do you do
how do you execute
why do you do what you do

goal are visions and dreams with work clothe
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this book because I'm a Dave Ramsey fan, and not because I'm a business owner. So with that, this didn't really appeal to me because I'm clearly not the target audience here. It had some unique ideas for being successful at building a business as well as a boat load of common sense. He also covered the importance of taking care of your employees. One other thing that didn't appeal to me was the audio. I'm not sure what it was exactly, but Dave came across as distant and a little stiff. So ...more
Saleena Berry
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this. I enjoy anything Dave Ramsey writes. I love his knowledge, advice, and common sense. This book is great for anyone wishing to start a business, someone who’s already running a business, or even someone working for a business. Ramsey gives solid advice about how to attribute qualities of an entrepreneur and a leader, hence the name “entreleadership”. Highly educational. I took notes the whole time.
Heidi Goehmann
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good! Solid leadership advice. Dave Ramsey does not shy away from sharing his faith-filled Biblical perspective and vantage point, while not getting so engrossed that it's off topic. I really really appreciate that balance. Now I need a "how to" for starting a business with nuances and details. ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's ok

Lots of platitudes you can find from other sources. Dave's experiences building a successful sales and servant focused business. Worth getting but not enough to call yourself a leader.
Micah Grant
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
Great book of common sense leadership that most people take for granted. Pay attention to the details, follow the golden rule, and take an interest in the families of the people you work with were my top take-aways from this read.
David West
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good advice from a straight shooter. Better for those starting a business than for the self-employed, but there is helpful stuff here for both.
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Tiff Miller
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, non-fiction
I learned a lot about myself, and some general principles I can apply to my work with some confidence. Definitely recommend to any business owners.
T.R. English
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent protective on how to really win in business.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can I just say it?  We love Dave Ramsey at our house. We read his Total Money Makeover when we first got married.  It changed the entire way we handled money and we have been much better off because of it!  He is honest, down to earth, and hilarious.  This book, Entreleadership, I thought was just as good!  Even though many of his points had nothing to do with my specific business and field, I still got many ideas out of it.   I recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of having or does hav ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not sold on this... Some of the advice about not hiring employees, sorry team members, could border on discrimination. My favourite, not hiring the admin assistant who mentioned that US citizens will need financial advice because of the clown just elected (George Bush) was extremely accurate.

Also personally, taking a massive platform against public health care, yet preaching giving money to church? Nope these priorities are wrong. I will not be spending any more of my money on Dave Ramsey's pro
Robbie Pruitt
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a good book on leadership with a lot of fun and practical stories, but I felt like it was more of a book on business management than a book on leadership. Dave Ramsey's "style" and "tact" are also not for the "faint at heart," but as someone who grew up in the South, I was able to track with him some. If I could buy only one book on leadership, this would not be the book, it would not even make the top ten. However, if you have a spare Saturday, an extra few bucks, nothing to loose and ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Dave Ramsey likes to say he "gives the same advice your grandmother would give but (he) keeps his teeth in!" In EntreLeadership, Ramsey includes leadership principles, financial advice, and perspective gained from two decades of starting and building a successful business with 300 team members. He is humorous and homespun, in-your-face but encouraging. This is an excellent read for someone wanting to start and operate their own business or be entrepreneurial within an existing organization. ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
those who never make mistakes work for those who do, problem and solution is you, servant leader, passion over ed and talent, personal finance is behavior, measurable goals written, traction is satisfaction, no trust with situational ethics, no decisions with fear, options and info dispel fear, disc 10lion 25otter 40retriever 25beaver, key spousal input, qualify rapore educate/info close, act your wage,Belgians 8 or 24 or 32, negative up positive down, gross gossip.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good book on what works and what does not work in terms of successful leadership. How to build teams, build a company, and succeed is something that is lacking in today's corporate culture. And even though this book is geared to entrepreneurship, the principles apply to any team. Sadly most of the teams and "leaders" that I have worked with in industry have been sorely lacking in the principles and skills Dave Ramsey presents in this book.
Matt Crumpton
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for anyone who wants an overview of key business principles and best practices. Dave also throws in a lot of his own folksy advice - much of which I agree with.

The book can come off a little preachy at times - especially if you are not a person of faith. But, overall, it is a very solid business book. I would recommend for any leader with dreams of building an organization.
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Dave Ramsey, the nationally-syndicated radio host of "The Money Game" and bestselling author, has helped thousands through Financial Peace University-a 12-week financial planning program. He presents seminars in churches and corporations throughout the country. He holds a degree in finance and real estate and lives with his family in Nashville Tennessee. ...more

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