The Book on Leadership

By John MacArthur
The truest kind of leadership requires service, sacrifice and selflessness.
Leadership is influence, to motivate from the inside. You have to have character to do
Character, not style, is the best test of leadership.
The real leader is the one you can follow and that leader follows Christ.
Paul wasn’t a leader of troops or high position but he was a man of influence.
When Paul started his trip to Caesarea, he was of the lowest position (he’s a prisoner)
yet he makes his way to the highest influence before it is over with.
The following points are taken out of the life of Paul according to Acts 27:
1. A Leader is Trustworthy. – As a prisoner he gained the trust of Julius who was over him… enough to let him
have freedom and receive help from his friends.
– A leader is not one who is consumed with his own well being but that of others. A
selfish person cannot lead others because they will soon leave him. Show people
you have their best interest at heart.
2. A leader has Initiative – Paul had no title or position yet he saw that it would be dangerous to travel
therefore he told/warned them.
– A leader doesn’t wait and see what others will do, he takes the initiative. The
leader says here’s the problem and here’s how to solve it.
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3. A Leader Use Good Judgement – A wise leader doesn’t make a decision that gambles with the lives of others. Don’t
make decisions that leads people down dark alleys or to cliffs.
4. A Leader Speaks with Authority – Paul speaks with confidence that the men have no need to fear because God
was with him(Paul). He could speak with boldness and assurance not because
he was something but because he was certain God was going to come through.
– A leader can stand on God’s word and speak with authority. We have God’s spirit
and truth. So a leader must know God’s word. A leader doesn’t have to doubt but
lays out a clear and cut-out plan. We can speak with authority if we are speaking
God’s word.
– Christ spoke with authority, the opposite of the scribes. We can say “thus saith
the Lord”.
5. A Leader Strengthens Others – Paul stood in the midst of them and told them to take courage even though they
were in the midst of a storm and scared for their lives — Acts 27:25. He gave
them a reason for hope when they had no hope.
– A leader is placed to help encourage and strengthen those he is with.
6. A Leader is Optimistic and Enthusiastic – He was on his way to Rome in chains, yet he was still optimistic. He was the
least likely on the ship to be optimistic, but as a leader he was unmoved by the
current circumstances. He took courage. Such optimism is contagious.
– His optimism even gave way to share about his God with those who did not
– People will not stay with someone who is negative and looks down on everything.
– Genesis 39:35 – God blessed Pharaoh’s house because of Joseph. God blessed
Laban because of Jacob. Those with Paul on the ship were blessed because of
Paul. And God blesses many people when his children are doing their job.
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7. A Leader Never Compromises the Absolutes – There are many things that can and should be compromised on such as
preferences or non important issues. But there are other issues that we cannot
move on, those that are based in the word of God.
8. A Leader Focuses on Objectives and not Obstacles – Paul told them to eat so they could be ready for the next step.
9. A Leader Empowers by Example – Paul broke the bread, gave thanks and ate. He took charge by example
The following points are Paul in Corinth – a leader under fire – 2 Corinthians:
10. A Leader Cultivates Loyalty – The wise leader cultivates loyalty by being loyal.
– You cannot lead by sheer force, that is dictatorship. You must lead with loving
loyalty. In other words, our hearts have to be in our people and our people in our
– You can demand devotion if you lead by devotion.
11. A Leader has Empathy for Others – Empathy is the ability to feel as other people feel.
– Paul had been wronged by the Corinthians yet he still confirmed them.
– A leader must allow the people to fail, encourage them and then help them when
they fail. People need to be built up when they fail, not further flattened.
12. A Leader Keeps a Good Conscience – A good conscious is essential for a leader.
– Conscience is to the soul what pain-like feelings are to the body.
– Conscience is a moral self-awareness.
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13. A Leader is Definitive and Decisive – A leader must be able to make decisions.
14. A Leader must know when to Change his Mind – Everyone makes mistakes, but you must know when to change.
15. A Leader must not Abuse his Authority – Paul had authority but he did not abuse it.
– Paul loved more and was loved less.
– People will hurt you but a leader must continue.
16. A Leader doesn’t Advocate his Defense – Paul responded to their accusations and moved on. Paul’s response was telling
them that they knew him.
17. A Leader is Sure of his Own Calling – Paul did not waver in his calling from Christ even though others may have
doubted or asked.
– You cannot lead others if you’re not sure of you’re own calling.
– You will be ineffective if you do not know that you’re doing what you’re supposed
to be doing.
– Unless you are sure of you’re calling than every trial, obstacle or problem will
make you doubt and question why you are doing what you’re doing.
– Paul’s sufficiency was in Christ, not himself.
18. A Leader Knows his own Limitations – The leader who forgets his own weaknesses will fail.
– Paul’s weaknesses reminded him of his need for Christ.
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19. A Leader is Resilient – A leader, while knowing his own weaknesses, must still find strength to continue
– True leadership is tested in crisis. The true leader handles the stress, bears the
burden, and finds a solution when everyone else is scared.
– He was weak in his own self but strong in Christ.
– In 11:24-27 he mentions some of his scars but he was still moving forward. He
was battered and bruised but still bringing glory to God.
20. A Leader must have Passion
21. A Leader is Courageous – No one follows a coward.
– Pauls courage was equal to his compassion. He was compassionate but he was
not a pushover either, he had courage.
– He said that he had instruments that were not carnal. He was fighting and willing
to fight.
22. A Leader is Discerning – We must learn the Scriptures and be armed to use them.
23. A Leader must have Discipline – Many of the most talented people do not have discipline.
– Paul said he will run legitimately, disciplining his body so that he would not be
– Moral failure has taken many down… it is a discipline problem. Self restraint.
– Discipline is self denial. It teaches us to say no to things we are entitled to.
– We live in a undisciplined world.
– The small things are important.
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24. A Leader is Energetic – A leader cannot and must not be lazy. You cannot walk away when only half way
– Keep your body under control, don’t let your body control you.
– Have passion to finish the race.
25. A Leader knows how to Delegate – You cannot do it all yourself, nor should you. You will not get it done by yourself
and you will never teach others if you do not delegate.
– Paul encouraged Timothy to equip others and you do this by delegating.
26. A Leader is Christ like
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The Edge: The Power to Change Your Life Now

by Anthony Robbins
– If you don’t grow, you die.
– We usually become stronger and greater in whatever area we focus. It definitely
works that way with stress, but it can work that way in your relationships, priorities
and every area of life.
– Our limitations are not from our knowledge, talent or strength rather from our mindset.
– The only thing that stops us from getting what we want is our story of why we can’t
have it. All of us make up stories of why we can’t do it and are not capable.
– Life is a “get to” and not a “got to”. When we change our thinking, we will become
– Wherever focus goes, energy flows.
– Make a commitment to schedule time to be alone and think – on your plans, your
goals, what you’re thankful for and what you want to accomplish.
– Once you figure out what you want, find a role model that will help you get there.
– Clarity is power.
– Most people do not get started to change their life because they are overwhelmed,
but if you will just start with little changes your life will change drastically.
– Problems are a part of life, but we can choose to make the problems into challenges
and become better as a result.
– There are two worlds, the inside world and the outside world. We cannot control what
happens in the outside world, but we can and should control what happens on the
inside. Sadly many people do not take time to look on the inside and work on it.
– Emotion is created by motion. Change your movement, your body language, and you
will change how you feel.
– Focus equals reality to an individual even if that reality is not actuality. Whatever the
person focuses on will make him happy or depressed, sad or glad. You are in control
and can change your feelings in an instant if you would just focus on the right thing.
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– If you focus on times that you did not succeed and failed, you will feel like a failure.
– Change your language patterns. All day long we speak to ourselves and tell ourselves
what we can or can’t do, what works or what does not. We have to change how we
speak to ourselves. Be careful of the questions that you ask yourself and the phrases
that you always use, they make patterns.
– We have absolute control of our feelings, and our feelings will determine our quality of
– Fear disappears when you become thankful, so start giving thanks.
– The antidote to getting things done is quit rationalizing with yourself about why you
cannot do it.
– There are patterns of success and patterns of failure.
– Once you plan something the job is not done, it has just begun. Now we have to
begin working at it.
– When you set a goal, do something immediately pertaining that goal so that you can
create motion (send an email, make a phone call, order the book, etc.). Write some
little things that you could do immediately and write some big things that need to be
– As soon as you make big goals and plans, you will have opponents. There are three
specific kind of opponents:
1. External – people who just enjoy criticizing even though you do not know
them or are not close to them.
2. Intimate – those closest to you telling you that it is not possible or not a good
3. Internal – the doubts and fears inside of you wanting you to back off or quit.
– Your beliefs determine and control your behavior. Whether you believe you can or
you can’t, that is exactly what will happen to you.
– Whatever you are doing or thinking is based on your beliefs, whether consciously or
subconsciously. For example, if you are angry, discouraged or unhappy, what do you
have to leave in order to feel that way?
– You get the edge in life by enjoying the process, not just waiting to be happy when
you finish it.
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The Disciplines of the Christian Life

by Eric Liddell
– A life of discipleship. The key to discipleship is knowing God.
– Obedience is the secret to insight and knowing God. Not willingness to go, but
willingness to do.
– Every Christian should live a God-guided life.
– Doing God’s will was like meat to Jesus – John 4:34
– You will know as much of God’s will as you are willing to do and to put in practice.
– Surrender your own will to whatever God wants.
– Honesty is yet another discipline that we need as Christians. Honesty with money,
with work, with others, etc.
– Love – it is never rude, it is always patient, it is always open, never selfish, never self-
centered, always slow to expose, always eager to leave the best, is hopeful, it never
– Humility – never justifies itself and never pushes itself forward. It self examine’s and
always looks to the Savior. Pride is the great enemy of humility. Humility is not looking
out for self yet always willing to reconcile if it has done wrong.
– To know God.
• To know God you must spend time with him every day.
• When you spend time with God:
1. Take time to just be silent.
2. Name the things that you are thankful for.
3. Reflect on what the challenges are to accept with God’s help
4. Reflect on what the new truths or challenges you received from God’s
word today.
5. Remember your duty to witness for God in every moment throughout the
• Learn verses and learn hymns to be able to say and sing.
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– Sin is the thing that separates us from God; it brings consequences.
– If we neglect time praying to God by saying that we can pray any time, we will likely
pray at no time.
– Faith cast fear and feelings aside.
– Pure – Pure in speech, pure in body, pure in habits. Pure in mind and thought, pure in
outlook towards those of the opposite sex.
– Self-discipline is essential in the Christian life.
– The only way to face persecution is to rejoice.
– Lordship means saying not my will but thine.
– We are stewards – We could be slothful stewards (Matthew 25:14-30) but we could
also be faithful stewards (1 Corinthians 4:1–2).
– We are to be stewards of our finances, stewards of our minds, stewards of our
bodies, memory, education, gifts, time, talents, etc. All to be used for his will not our
– Do not live in fear. Fear paralyzes faith. If God put something in your heart to do, do it
even if you are afraid. Fear does not come from looking at yourself but looking at
– In Mark 5:36, Jesus says not to be afraid but only believe. Faith acts and victory
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The Complete Negotiator

by Gerard Nierenberg
– Life is not a game that only one can win, it is more that both sides can win.
– You get further in life by understanding the other person.
– Instead of thinking your ideas are the rational ones and the other person’s are
irrational, spend more time trying to understand the person instead of condemning the
– You should listen to the other person. This does not mean that you have to change
your premises but it doesn’t mean that you can understand the other person to work it
out better.
– A successful negotiation is one in which everyone wins.
– Negotiation requires communication, which requires both listening and speaking.
– People show more of their attitude by nonverbal actions than they do verbally. Learn
to look at how they are communicating verbally, pay attention. A good negotiator
listens with both the eyes and the ears.
– Keep control of the situation by not responding according to their reactions.
– You control the climate, the climate does not control you.
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The Coaching Habit

by Michael Stanier
– Coaching should be a daily, informal event not a rare, formal event that is announced.
– Coaching lies within building and helping others.
– Theory is no good if you do not know how to put it into practice.
– Ask just one question and then keep quiet and listen so they can respond.
– Small talk might be a way to start up, but it rarely leads to a good conversation piece.
– Be careful not to coach for performance but for development.
– If you know what questions to ask, get straight to the point.
– Instead of warming up or waiting around hoping to get to the point, just ask the
question and then shut up and listen to what the person has to say.
– Tell less and ask more.
– Ask one more time. We tend to not ask enough, so for clarity sake, make sure to ask
one more time.
– Learn to say “and what else”.
– Do not ask a rhetorical question, ask a real question.
– Begin with “what’s on your mind?”
– The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable man tries to adapt
the world to himself. Therefore it is the unreasonable man that makes the progress.
– Commit more slowly by not saying yes or no so quickly. Listen and ask questions.
– When you have to say no, make sure it is clear that you’re saying no to the task and
not note to the person.
– There are book ends to a good conversation when coaching someone: “what’s on
your mind” to start and “what was most helpful to you” to finish.
– Add more curiosity. A little less advice and a lot more of curiosity will get you further.
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The Energy Bus

by Jon Gordon
– Everything happens for a reason, whether you look at it like that or not.
– Everyone has problems that they have to deal with, but you can choose to be happy.
1. You are the driver of your bus – you are the one who has to take responsibility for
what happens in your life.
• People feel like they do not have a choice of where they work or what they do, but that
is not true.
• You can choose where you are going and how the ride is on the journey.
• Many do not think that they have a choice, they just go through life. But it is time to
take the wheel and begin steering in the right direction.
• First decide what you want and then begin planning out your journey. Do not let the
world decide for you, decide yourself what you want and how you will get there.
2. Focus – move your bus in the right direction.
• When you buy a car, all of a sudden you see that car model everywhere you go. The
reason is because of focus, you now think about it.
• Thoughts are magnetic, you attract what you think.
• You have to focus. Spend time thinking about what you want, not what you don’t want.
• When you complain, you attract more things to complain about.
• Behind every gold-medal are hours spent imagining when and how they could win.
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3. Fuel your life with positive energy – You have to fuel yourself or you will run out of
• Positive energy will push you forward but negative energy will be like sludge in your
• Where there is a negative, there is always a positive. Where there is a dark cloud,
there’s always a sun shining behind it.
• There is both positive and negative energy, whichever you feed the most will be the
4. Invite people to get on the bus with you and share your vision with them.
• Remember that you are the one driving the bus, but you constantly have to invite
others to come along with you and share your vision with them.
• It is important to ask your team to get on the bus with you, you cannot do it alone.
• The enemy is negativity.
• Everyone gets knocked down, but you must get back up.
5. Don’t waste your energy with those that are not going to get on your bus.
• It is simple, some people will get on the bus some will not get on the bus. Don’t waste
energy or time worrying about those that will not get off the bus, just drive your bus.
• Don’t take it personal, maybe these people were meant to get on another bus and not
yours. Maybe they would make your bus miserable if they were on it.
• When you waste energy worrying about people who will not get on your bus, you are
neglecting and taking from those who are on your bus.
6. No energy vampires on your bus.
• There are energy vampires that will suck energy out of you, make your ride miserable
or discourage others, but do not waste time with them.
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• You have to let people know that any negativity will be put off of the bus or be let off at
the next stop. You have to take a stand. You cannot afford negativity on your bus.
• Sometimes you just have to talk to the negative people and tell them that they either
they’ll have to change or get off the bus. Of course you want them to change, but if
they will not change then you have to get them off the bus so you can continue your
• Your positive energy must be greater than anyone else’s. Your certainty must
outweigh everyone else’s certainty.
• Even though you kick some people off your bus, there will almost always be more
negative riders than positive ones. You have to have more energy and constantly deal
with them.
7. Enthusiasm attracts more people to get on the bus and let’s them enjoy the ride.
• Positive energy is like muscle, the more you use it the stronger it becomes.
• We cannot expect others to want to get on our bus, let alone have positive energy, if
we ourselves do not have positive energy.
• You cannot expect others to get on your bus if you’re not willing to get on their bus —
by believing in them, thanking them, and being kind to them.
• When you are excited, it makes other people excited enough to get on your bus and
go where you are going.
• People get more excited about your enthusiasm than they do your product.
8. Love your passengers.
• Enthusiasm is important, but love is the answer.
• Love your customers, your employees, your company and your family. Share the love.
• People want to be recognized and cared about. People want to be appreciated and
know that you care for them.
• If you treat people like a number, they will work and act like one. If you love people,
they will love you back by surprising you and working hard.
• People do business with people that they like, and that like them.
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• Enthusiasm is what will get people on your bus, but love will keep people on your bus.
• Love is a process not a goal.
• Help people find their strengths; who they really are what they can really do. Help
people and you’ll be glad that you did.
• Five ways to love your passengers:
1. Spend time with them – when you love someone you will spend time with
them. Be totally with that person when you’re spending time with that person
and focus only on that person and not everything else you have to do during
that day.
2. Listen to them – everyone wants to be listened to. Empathy is the key. Really
listen to the person.
3. Recognize that they are there – write a letter, thank them openly, raise them
in public, etc.
4. Serve them – the higher you get, the more you should serve those under you.
Serve and help their growth so that they will enjoy being on your bus.
5. Bring out the best in the person – the more you love someone, the more you
want the best for that person and their success. Help them find their strengths
and utilize them.
9. Drive with purpose.
• Purpose is the ultimate fuel to help us as we drive through life.
• Almost everything will become monotonous after a while, even the big
accomplishments, but purpose will keep things going and the energy flowing.
• Doing what you do will get old, but remembering why you do it, your purpose, will
keep things fresh.
• Share your purpose with your team consistently.
10. Have fun and enjoy the ride.
• We only have one life and one chance to ride, so enjoy it.
• Don’t compare your bus to the other buses, just drive yours and enjoy the ride.
• We are too blessed to be stressed!
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The Go-Giver

by Bob Burg
You have to give in order to be successful. Just as you cannot expect heat from the
fireplace until you put on a log, or withdraw from the bank without depositing first, so
you must give in order to be successful.
You do not necessarily get what you want but you do get what you expect. What you
focus on is what you’ll end up getting – if you go looking for trouble, you will find it. If you
see the world as a dog-eat-dog world or take-advantage-of-place, etc., it will likely be
just like that to you. The world treats you more or less the way you expect it to treat you.
So here are the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success:
1. The Law of Value. – It never hurts to be kind to people.
– It is not necessarily the food that you eat at a restaurant but the service and
experience that you have at a restaurant.
– Everyone likes to be appreciated, that is the golden rule of business.
– People will do business with anytime with a business that they like.
– A good restaurant will provide food, but a great restaurant will provide food and
service that cannot be found anywhere else.
– True worth it is what you get in value instead of what you get paid for.
– Does what you do serve and add value to others. After you ask that question,
then you can ask if it makes money. If you exceed peoples expectations, you will
make money.
– The point is not to get more money but to give more.
– More has been done in the world through people (inventions, breakthroughs,
etc.) giving to the world than trying to get from the world.
– Giving is not a strategy but a way of life.
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– Your true worth is how much you give in value, not how much you take in
2. The Law of Compensation. – Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you
serve them.
– Your compensation is directly affected by how many people you touch.
– If you want more success than find a way to serve more people.
– There are no limitations on what you can make because there are always people
you can serve.
– Everybody can be successful because anybody can give.
3. The Law of Influence. – Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place the other person’s
– If you place the other person’s interests first, your interest will always be taken
care of.
– Survive, save and serve – they are the three reasons for work.
– Develop a network — A group of people that know you, like you and trust you.
– When you base your relationships on what people owe you instead of what you
can do for them, you are in a losing relationship. Do not keep tabs on who owes
you what.
– Forget about the proposition of 50-50, that is a losing proposition. The only and
winning proposition is 100%, when you’re doing the best for the other person.
– Forget the win-win idea and focus on the other person’s win.
– When you help other people get what they need, they will help you get what you
– What makes people attractive and magnetic is their giving – they are givers.
Givers attract.
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– Scratching someone else’s back because they scratched yours or being a “even-
Steven” is not what the goal is. You must do more than just what you received
from the other person. Stop keeping score.
4. The Law of Authenticity – Whatever it is, you can excel by adding value.
– If you need money, add value; and if you need a lot of money, add a lot of value.
– The most valuable thing that you have to give to other people is yourself, who
you are. No matter what you think you are selling, the real thing that you are
selling is yourself.
– If you want people skills, then be the right person. Being the right person is worth
more than 10,000 of the best closing techniques.
5. The Law of Receptivity – The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.
– It is better to give than to receive. Good people give all the time.
– When you give, you will receive and you must learn to receive well. To deny the
receiving is to hinder yourself – you will naturally receive after you give.
– Every giving can happen only because it is also receiving. We give out what
plants need and plants give out what we need.
– All the giving of the world will not work unless you make yourself willing and able
to receive as well.
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