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The president of Catalyst Leader believes that the most impactful and most influential leaders are the ones who lead from who they truly are, not who they pretend or wish to be.

With clear biblical teaching and personal accounts, Tyler Reagin not only demonstrates the necessity of life-giving leadership, but also provides the steps you'll need to begin knowing and leading f
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Waterbrook Press
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Tara Lane marineau
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I always thought that everyone was a leader in some way but really liked how Tyler brought it back to leading from a place that you were created by God to lead and divinely called. He went on in Part 1 to explain how leaders should know their truest self and lead knowing that and embracing it. Then in Part 2-4 he goes on the explain how we can give life to others, what those behaviors are that give life to others, and how it can change organizations. This part is all ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Tyler Reagin's The Life Giving Leader: Learning to Lead from Your Truest Self is a book that utilizes clear pastoral insight with rich biblical teaching about the nature of leadership. Reagin articulates an "identity-based" leadership -- who we are is more important to our leadership than what we do or the pretense of authority we bring. While there are certainly some places where I felt like it's just another "embrace who you are" book, I think Reagin makes some important connections between Je ...more
Chattynatty Van Waning
This book, I thought, was going to be a handbook on how to become one's truest, most "authentic" leader, and help give life to others you lead. I knew it was going to have some Christianity and thoughts on being a Christian leader woven in. I found several lines in the book that spoke to me. Here are just a couple of them.

pg 50 " Life-giving leadership begins with self-awareness and self-acceptance, nonnegotiable hallmarks of authentic leadership. "

pg 52 "Self-awareness is the foundation for a l
Cynthia S
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given the privialge of pre-reading this amazing book by @waterbrookmultnomah and I am a better person and leader for it! @tylerreagin does a spectacular job defining and supporting the beautiful concept of a leader who gives life like jesus.
“In this book, I plan to show that you have been called to be a life-giving later. Just as the Lord restored hope and life is real you can also partner with you to restore hope in life to those around you.”
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This was an interesting book. Reagin is a great storyteller, connecting a lot of his messages with a variety of anecdotes from throughout his life. On top of this is the fact that he made himself relatable to his readers by being the first to admit his shortcomings and being realistic about setting expectations for yourself.

My one really big complaint about this was that I feel like he tended to talk about messages that are often overdone without offering a fresh perspective or practical applica
Nathan Albright
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-2018
[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Multnomah Waterbrook Publishing.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

I found a great deal to enjoy in this book, but it would be entirely understandable if not all readers were as pleased with this book or with the author's approach.   In order to test whether or not you would appreciate this book, it is worthwhile to ask yourself a few questions.  Are you okay with an author who cites only a few scriptures (albeit good ones, especially Psalm 1
Karen Roberts
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
"Imagine if there were a generation of leaders who chose to trust that what God says is true. First they would believe that how He made them is good. Second, it would transform their lives, their work, and their leadership. Imagine a workforce filled with leaders who are pursuing improvements instead of working hard to be people they are not. Imagine a church filled with leaders who have embraced their God-given uniqueness and who are leaning into their gifts to line up with God's plan for their ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Leadership impacts everyone, whether they are novice or experienced. Being a leader comes with a great price: an enormous responsibility and platform. This privilege/ duty often causes people to either lead out of timidity or pride. Tyler Reagin in his book "The Life Giving Leader" uses personal stories, Bible passages, and even some movie references to help others realize the importance of leadership as well as helpful/practical information to help one not only survive but thrive as a leader.

Jennifer DeFrates
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The Life Giving Leader" was a great read. As a busy person, finding time to sit down to read a book in it's entirety often escapes me, so I really enjoyed Tyler's writing style. The book was easy to read and engaging. I was able to read a chapter or two at a sitting and walk away with an important take-away for leadership in my life.

This book was certainly not a Bible study but more a guide on how to apply Biblical truths and principles for people who are already in Christian leadership and mi
Rodger Mangold
A Life Giving Book for Life Giving Leaders

DISCLAIMER: As an avid reader and follower of leadership books, I enrolled in an opportunity to be given a preview copy of this book by the publisher. I assure you the following review will provide you with an objective synopsis of what you can expect to find in this title. I was so inspired and challenged by this book that I ordered a hard-copy for my personal leadership library. And, I will be sharing this book with leaders I have the opportunity to se
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Life Giving Leader is a combination of personal experience with leadership truths. It communicates a calling to lead from our truest self and explains how. It is invitation to understand a new kind of leadership - what Tyler terms “life-giving leadership”. The Life Giving Leader begins with the truth that each one of us is made for leadership. There is a sense of urgency to see the importance of how we lead. The book is broken down into several parts. Part I explains how life-giving leaders ...more
Kelly Shank
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The Life Giving Leader is different than many other leadership books on the market today. In this work, Tyler Reagin turns the focus from a leader’s personal accomplishments to the success of individuals under the leader’s guidance. Becoming the best version of themselves is not for their personal comfort or notoriety. Leaders who become their best are those who can help others do the same.

Four critical calls are identified for life-giving leaders: a call to sweat, a call to sacrifice, a call t
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Life Giving Leader by author Tyler Reagin is a 208 page book published by Waterbrook Press to help leaders assist others. Author Reagin is the president of Catalyst, a leadership development organization that exists to unify and equip leaders who love the Church. Until reading this book, I was unfamiliar with him and his organization.

This is not your typical leadership book. In The Life Giving Leader we see what happens to a team or individual’s under a good leader. Normally in leadership b
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, reviewed
Many of us do not consider ourselves as leaders. I am one of those people that is more comfortable being apart of the group as opposed to standing out. There is always someone else who is better fit to lead than me and I will gladly step aside and let them take the reins.

When I picked up The Life Giving Leader by Tyler Reagin my entire perspective of what it truly means to be a leader changed and I realized that it is a gift for me to be a life giving leader.

In the past I have co-led group Bibl
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I recently received a copy of Tyler Reagin's The Life Giving Leader as part of the launch for this book. Being in a leadership position in my day job, this book was of special interest to me. I am drawn to books that help me to grow in my leadership, and this book was no exception. When I first received the book, I read the Forward and Introduction, something I always do. And yes, I also read footnotes. After reading something Craig Groeschel wrote in the Forward, I knew I was going to like this ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I decided to read and review this book, I was a little hesitant because I’m not a leader in the traditional sense. But, as I thought about it, I decided that I want to be a leader in how I live my life. With that in mind, surely I would find some parts of this book informative and enlightening?

That turned out to be an understatement.

As it turns out, whether I’m a “leader” in the traditional sense or not, I can and absolutely should still lead. I found that this book applied to me
Connie Saunders
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Life-giving leaders embrace who they are and avoid chasing other people's uniqueness". This statement in The Life-Giving Leader reminds us that we all are leaders. It may be leading a women's bible study at church, it may be helping in your child's PTO at school, it may be organizing a class reunion or it may be running a major business. Leadership coach Tyler Reagin explains that it isn't the importance or size of your purpose, it is how you accomplish it in your own unique way. In an easy-to- ...more
Cheryl Wood
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: waterbrook

“Christian leaders should be the best leaders in the world because we have the best Leader in the world teaching us.”

“The Life Giving Leader” spoke to me in ways I did not think the book would. I am not a leader in the workforce, although I do lead a team of volunteers. We need to be life giving leaders just like Jesus.

As it turns out, whether I’m a “leader” in the traditional sense or not, I can and absolutely should still lead. I found that this book applied to me and the way I wish to live m
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are going to be the president of an organization that exists “to unify and equip leaders who love the Church” then you might want to know a thing or two about leadership. Tyler Reagin, President of Catalyst, has taken on the subject in his newest book entitled The Life Giving Leader: Learning to Lead from Your Truest Self, published by Waterbrook.
Reagin has had the opportunity of sitting under the leadership of Andy Stanley and has been influenced greatly by some of the leading leaders in
Paul McDonald
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Leadership books are everywhere these days, full of tips and techniques of how to do more with less and build better teams. You’ve got to eat last, put your oxygen mask on first, or follow the tips of titans. You can run yourself to the point of exhaustion trying to chase the newest trick on the market to be a better leader.

In The Life Giving Leader, Tyler Reagin offers another option. Based on his experience and looking at the example Jesus established, he suggests that the best leaders are tho
Dave Strobolakos
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
At one point or another every leader has been tempted to put on a mask and lead from something other than their truest self. Doubt. Fear. Insecurity. External pressures. These all threaten to bury who we really are underneath piles of leadership catch phrases, ill-fitting leadership models, or regurgitated solutions. We know we’re not making the impact we want to, but we’re held captive to our preconceived notion of how a leader acts, speaks, and influences. We’re afraid to be our unique self be ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for a book that helps you find your purpose at work then I think this is it. I’ve been to conferences and heard many speak on the topic but Reagin does an amazing job connecting our walk with God to our jobs. This book is full of great examples and practical applications to help live an authentic life in every aspect.

Life Giving Leader is not just for leaders but for anyone who serves in any capacity. And it’s for anyone looking to improve their walk with God. Honestly, some of
Bour JoAnne
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This has been a very good read for me. Tyler Reagin puts before us a challenge to be leaders as Jesus was a leader with His apostles. He tells us, "no matter how long it took to gain influence, it will only take a moment to lose it. He says it's how we come across to people without saying anything. We may be having an off day and our reaction can turn someone off easily. He dares us to be the leaders God created us to be.
On page 21, he says, "Life-giving leadership is all about staying in deep
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Being a Christian myself and always wanting to improve my leadership skills, I jumped at the opportunity to review this book. And though it has many insightful and inspirational messages, it didn’t quite click with me.

I love the author’s heart for Jesus and leadership. It’s quite evident that this is what he is passionate about. But the book itself seemed very repetitive to me, like he kept feeling the need to reiterate that Jesus and leadership go hand in hand. I do agree with this certainly, b
Chris Creech
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I had to describe “The Life-Giving Leader” with one word, it would be “refreshing.” I have read a lot of leadership books, but Reagin is able to give leadership an entirely new perspective by talking about some well-known facts of leadership, but also bring in some new ideas. We have, far too often, replaced leadership skills, training, and self-improvement with titles, and Reagin takes us away from that. He teaches leadership from life-giving traits, not from titles. He is willing to take a ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tyler Reagin, the author of The Life Giving Leader, is a certified leadership coach. After reading his book, I think he'd be great to work with in that role. The book is written in a very engaging style, and it feels more like sitting down and talking to a friend than slogging through something that's supposed to help your personal development (because let's face it, sometimes the self-help type books are not the most fun to read).

Early on, I found this quote: "I have been asked if these princip
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Tyler Reagin's The Life Giving Leader: Learning to Lead from Your Truest Self is a book that wants to articulate an “identity-based” leadership. This is where a leader uses who God made them to be with all their strengths and weaknesses to lead others. Using bible verses to connect how we are uniquely made and wired to interact with others and consequently lead others is the basis of the book. The first half of the book builds this scenario of looking at our unique self with relationship to area ...more
Bobby Jones
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Purchased this book in a bundle at Catalyst 2018 and just now got around to reading it. I will be a better leader for having read this book. Tyler Reagin does a great job demonstrating a simplistic approach to becoming a life-giving leader. Easy to learn...challenging (to say the least) to live out and practice in your organization!

Some of my favorite quotes:

"You can give life to others only when it's flowing from a place of authentic leadership."

"When life flows, your influence grows."

"How you
Jena Henry
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You wake up- it’s a work day! Are you excited about the day ahead, or do you grown and hide under the covers? Are you a life giving leader or do you wonder if you even have what it takes to be a leader? Here’s what the Author might say to you- “Let’s live lives we like!”

Tyler Reagin has written a clear and positive book to guide you to give your best, to yourself and others, in the ministry or in the marketplace. Each chapter is filled with concise and meaningful words of power that are easy to
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Tyler Reagin has a passion for leadership and Jesus which led to the writing of this book. It’s clearly evident that these topics excite him as he expresses it on each page. I was excited to be selected as a reader for this book launch because of my own passion for leadership and Jesus. While the book was entertaining and gave some leadership insight, I found this book more appropriate for new leaders.

While I enjoyed how he explained and tried laying out his own essential keys to leadership, I
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