Follow Your Own Lead!
The Next Generation Leader has been challenging young Christians eager to learn, grow, and lead in ministry or in the marketplace since its original release in 2003. Now with an all-new look, this repackaged version continues to advance the mission of the first release. Mentoring young leaders as they face the unique issues of a changing world has been pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley’s passion for more than a decade. Here he shares material from his leadership training sessions, developed to address essential leadership qualities such as character, clarity, courage, and competency.
This is the perfect guide for any new leader—or for the mentor of a future leader!
Straight Talk to Tomorrow’s Leaders
Five characteristics mark the man or woman who will shape the future.
Drawing on two decades of experience mentoring a rising generation, seasoned visionary Andy Stanley shows how to:
-Discover and play to your strengths
-Harness your fears
-Leverage uncertainty -Enlist a leadership coach
-Maintain moral authority
“Capable men and women will eventually catch, pass, and replace the current generation of leaders,” says Stanley. “Embracing these essentials, you will not only excel in your personal leadership, but also ensure a no-regrets experience for those who choose to follow you.”
Great book, I’d recommend to anyone—very much on point!
- Excellent quick read for emerging leaders of any setting
Loved this book. Listened to it while on a 4 hour flight with 2 mo old baby in tow. Was able to take notes on my phone bc I wanted to make sure I had something to go back to later! Was interesting enough and quick enough to hear in one day! Loved the idea of operating out of my strengths and that my organization-- but perhaps not myself -- needs to achieve balance. Also very much like the point that we ALL need coaching and how to go about finding one. Thank you Christian audio!
- Excellent lessons on leadership
Are you a next generation leader? Stanley seems to promise that this book will help forge you on that path. This book is about the five essentials for those who will shape the future. This book is all about leadership, and not necessarily in the business culture. It can be, in Stanley's case, leading a church as an Associate Pastor. The next generation of leaders, those in their younger thirties, has, as Stanley asserts, a strong ethic to personal growth and achievement. Stanley desires to bring leadership training techniques to this younger group of leaders. In this consideration, he quips that <em>much will be expected of those that much is given to</em>. He begins by sharing his youth experiences and how he learned leadership via self-management. He writes this book, as a partial result, to give more to the next generation.
James' narration of this book carries a scent of relaxation within a business tone, demanding attention to the material while allow the listener to also sit back and absorb the material at their own pace. On the topic of pace, James' speaks at a medium rate with clear speech and inflection, permitting listeners to hear, reflect, and learn. A smooth presentation overall, James' does surprisingly well in the ability to mimic Stanley's written voice. He isn't merely reading the text, but rather performing it, if ever so slightly, so as to not distract. After all, it isn't about the voice, but the material, and James helps make this so.
Clearly written for leaders or potential leaders, this book is best geared to those wishing to lead others, or those that may already do. The best time to listen is with pen and paper in hand, given there's so much to learn. Enjoy!
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- Good Read for Leaders
Narrator thoughts – I can’t say much either way. He had a good voice and it was easy to understand him, but it didn’t seem like he very passionate about this topic. Overall it was fairly good and he delivered the book well.
Book thoughts – I liked many of his thoughts on leadership. His thoughts on honing in on your strengths and making sure you live out your priorities were encouraging. Today it’s so easy to get sidetracked. So easy to crave power and fame and lose what is most valuable to you in the process. Yet we aren’t super human. We can only do so much. Focusing in on your strengths and letting others take care of the rest is incredibly liberating.
On the other hand because of the spiritual journey God has taken me on, I don’t think that the church system is the primary place where God works. I’m not saying that all of us are called to leave the church, but not all of us fit into that system anymore. For me I feel God is leading me into some leadership positions that extend beyond the church system. Sometimes it seemed like that’s the only leadership position he thought a Christian could have.
So while overall I felt the book was fairly good and I was able to glean some encouragement. I would recommend this book to anyone who is going into ministry or church leadership. It will help get you started on the right track.
- Being A Strong Leader Into Today's Society
Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley is an informative resource for leaders in today's churches of what is required and how to avoid the pitfalls that commonly trip up young leaders. It focuses on some of the more important aspects of modern leadership, which are courage and wisdom from godly mentors.
One of the more interesting points was to make sure you are focused solely on one role and not multi tasking as it never works long term. It is better to have a team of leaders each playing their part that one leader doing everything. Also one of the other points that I found interesting was that even someone as wise as Solomon consulted the wise people around him to assist him in his leadership.
The narration was quite good as it flowed freely and listening to it was enjoyable.
This would be a good book for anyone involved in church leadership or leadership in general as the principles contained within are very Biblical and sound advise that would help with any type of leadership.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- Excellent, spiritual and practical Leadership Advice
After spending a fair amount of my Masters reading books on leadership I can honestly say I wish I'd had this one to refer to! A warm, practical and spiritual guide to what makes a good leader tick and a good grounding for all of us called to any form of leadership in business or ministry.
One of the pleasant aspects of this book is how Stanley's advice, rooted firmly in Biblical narrative, is transferable between 'sacred' and 'secular' occupations. It's makes clear yet unforced connections between our own integrity as Christians and our ability to function as effective leaders. Many books of this type seem to try and shoehorn Biblical examples into contemporary living, whereas Andy Stanley uses the stories and characters of Scripture to both ground and exemplify the gifts and requirements of Leadership.
The narration is clear, easy to listen to, but also keeps one's attention. It made very good in-car listening, with lots of parts grabbing my attention.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this free as part of Christiaudio's Review opportunities, but this did not in anyway influence my opinion of this product.
- Great Book for Emerging Leaders
I just finished listening to Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley. This is the third book I have read by Stanley, and I have been following his podcast for a while. It would be an understatement to say that I am a fan. He has been called the best preacher of his generation, and it shows in his books too. He knows how to deliver the one-liner! Making things memorable and easy to hook on to.
The book is ordered around five C's, which serve as a mnemonic aid as well:
Competence- Leaders do the things they are good at (what only they can do for their organization).
Courage- Leaders are not afraid.
Clarity- Leaders are clear about the direction (even if they have never been to the destination).
Coaching- Leaders seek `coaches' who help them develop as a leader.
Character- Leaders have integrity. If you want to inspire loyalty, become someone worth following.
Each principle is illustrated with biblical patterns, and Stanley also peppers everything with personal examples, which add color and excitement to the book. Overall I recommend this read for any emerging reader. Long-time leaders will find it elementary, but anyone in their 20′s or early 30′s will benefit from the book. Having said that, Stanley is great at crafting the 10 dollar sentence, so if you can get your hands on the book you will find some gold nuggets regardless of how much leadership experience you have.
Full Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the Christianaudio.com reviewers' program, which does give away free books in exchange for reviews, but I am not required to give a positive review in order to participate in this program.
- Good reminders for those who leader
the Future (Audio CD)
I once served on a pulpit committee charged with finding a new pastor for the church I attended. My first suggestion was to write out a job description for the pastor. The pastor emeritus, also serving on the committee, protested saying, "If a man is called he will know what a pastor does". My reply was, "You just fired the last pastor because he wasn't doing his job. Maybe we better get more specific". If that conversation were to happen again I might reply "Let's use Andy Stanley's book as a guide." Though not just for pastors Andy's book certainly does deal with the work of the pastor in this generation.
The writer lists 5 essentials for leadership: Competence, courage, clarity, coaching and character. Mr. Stanley illustrates each of these essentials with stories from the military, sports and his own life. When dealing with his own life he not only talks about lessons learned but is honest in saying he learned many of the lessons by failing the first time.
Two areas were especially helpful. Leaders need courage and leaders need coaching. Many in leadership positions fail because they are afraid to make a move without all the details. That is not how it works. God often just tells us the next step and we get more details when we move.
There are pastors who fail because they think they need to have all the answers and are afraid to ask for help but most leaders need coaching.
The author has presented us with good food for thought and I recommend this book. The audio edition was read well with good nuance in the reader's voice. I received a copy of the audio book for review from christianaudio with no expectation but that I review the book.
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- Great Advice for Leaders
Andy Stanley is one the most well-known and respected church leaders in America, and he's known specifically for his leadership capabilities. In his book THE NEXT GENERATION LEADER, Stanley outlines the characteristics he believes that emerging leaders need in order to be most effective. He outlines five key characteristics:
Personally, I think that his section on Competence is the most helpful part of the book. Stanley believes that for leaders to be their most effective selves, they need to be focused on the things for which they are most competent. People are wired differently. Some people are better at some things and terrible at others. Next Generation Leaders delegate the things for which they are not competent. This not only frees them to do the things they are good at; it gives other people the opportunity to do things they are competent at.
The other characteristics are important as well. It's important to communicate clarity in the midst of uncertainty. We have to have courage to do the things we are called to do as leaders. We need people wiser than us helping us to develop further. And we need to live lives of character.
I listened to the Christian Audio audiobook version of this book, and I had hoped that Andy Stanley was the one reading it, but he's not. Having listened to Andy Stanley many times, I didn't feel like the reader of the book quite matched the voice of the book, but it was still good. Stanley is a great thinker and a great leader, so I would recommend this to anyone who serves in a leadership capacity.
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- In Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future Andy Stanley talks about qualities of next generation leaders, leaders who are going to lead next, the ones who are going to come after us and shape the world. In this book, Stanl
In Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future Andy Stanley talks about qualities of next generation leaders, leaders who are going to lead next, the ones who are going to come after us and shape the world. In this book, Stanley uses a number of examples as a pastor and what he learned from his dad, but then talks about leadership as a whole.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I’m a business student, so there were a number of qualities that Stanley talked about that I already knew. I enjoyed this because it reinforced what I learned in school. There were also some things that Stanley mentioned that I had not thought about or that helped me get a better idea of who I should be as a leader.
One of the many interesting things from this book was that in many cases a leader will attract other leaders that are at a lower level than the leader. This made sense to me. Thinking about a job, if your boss leads really well and challenges you, they are at a higher level on a leadership scale than you are, but on the other hand, if you are bored at your job because you are not being challenged and led the correct way, it might be due to the fact that the leader is below your personal leadership level.
I was slightly disappointed by the narration of this audio book at first, but as I listened to it more, I didn’t mind it. Was it anything spectacular, no, but I enjoyed the book and the narration did not harm that.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I learned a number of things from it, but as I said, some of the things in this book I already knew. I enjoyed it and I am really glad that I listened to it because I think it helped solidify concepts I have learned.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this audiobook from the christianaudio Reviewers Program (http://christianaudio.com) in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
- One of the best books on Christian leadership you will read.
This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute (www.desertbibleinstitute.com) and christianaudio (www.christianaudio.com). While christianaudio did provide a free review copy of this book, this is not a paid review or advertisement.
Based on the title, I though Andy Stanley’s book, Next Generation Leader, was going to be focused on young leaders and the challenges that they will face in the future of ministry. I was considering the book for one of you core audio textbooks for a mentorship class we recently started at Desert Bible Institute. Instead, what Stanley provides is a clear and comprehensive guide on how to be a better leader regardless of (or perhaps despite) your experience. Unlike some books that I have read on the subject, Stanley does not take on the role of a cheerleader, but neither does he take on the role of negative pragmatist. What Stanley does instead is to challenge ministry leaders to use time-tested methods to be both affective and innovative. He encourages leaders to play to their strengths and build strong teams. If this was all he did however this would be yet another book destined to collect digital dust in my electronic archive.
Stanley moves on to show leaders how to restructure, move forward boldly, and develop the most effective leadership team that they can. While he does this by citing well-known books in some places, his most effective approach is by showing how leadership was handled in Scripture. I do not mean that he cites verses (although he does that): I mean that he takes scenarios in the Bible and shows how great leaders were created and developed. He biblically shows (not tells) what made leaders in the Bible great. This alone would make the book useful, but Stanley goes further.
By citing examples, both personal and theoretical, Stanley show how leaders can apply the strategies he is suggesting. He makes the reader think “Hey I know how I could use that idea.” He then anticipates the critics of his ideas and carefully explains how the most common objections to his ideas are understandable but nevertheless invalid. This is all done with a pleasant, respectful approach that makes this book very approachable.
The narrator, Lloyd James, likewise does an excellent job. He reads the book in a natural, unaffected manner. Additionally, he captures the easy, conversational tone that is usually unique to the author being the narrator. I had to keep remaining myself that James was not Stanley. Too often, readers of non-fiction can be overly dramatic and sound like an announcer. James however seems to have a knack for finding the subtleties in a work that helps the text come alive.
In all, I highly recommend this book. I review all the lectures and audio textbooks that come through Desert Bible Institute, and this is by far one of the best. It will soon be one of the audio textbook choices for our students and without question the core reading at our next staff retreat.
Trent Nicholson, Ph.D., D.Min.
Desert Bible Institute, President
- A Modern Classic of Leadership Writing
Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley has been around for a while, and I can’t believe I haven’t read it until now. Originally published in 2003, it has been a called a modern classic of leadership writing. It deserves this praise, and I wish I would have read it 10 years ago when I was in my early twenties, as it may have kept me from making several rookie mistakes in my leadership. However, it’s never too late to re-learn some of the basics, and there are plenty of new lessons in these pages for leaders young and old.
The best way I can describe Next Generation Leader is that it comes as close as a book can to the great benefits of meeting with a live mentor. Stanley takes on the voice of a “gap-mentor;” fresh and edgy enough to have the ear of young leaders, yet seasoned and experienced enough to speak with great wisdom. He holds up biblical examples and relates personal stories and failures with his typical expert-level communication. You get the impression that not a single sentence is superfluous in this brisk, sniper bullet of a book.
Stanley’s “Five C’s:” Competence, Courage, Clarity, Coaching, and Character are all-inclusive and provide the archetypical framework for training and mentoring new, emerging leaders. Even though I wish I had read this book years ago, perhaps it came along at the right time. I’m personally thankful for the sections on Competence and Clarity, as the principles from these sections are currently helping me get “unstuck” in my leadership. The other three sections served as powerful, convicting reminders that high-impact leadership requires constant evaluation and adjustment.
Lloyd James does a good job of narrating the audiobook version. His steady cadence and tone allow Stanley’s words to really hit home. That said, I want to pick up a print version of this book so I can mark it up! I highly recommend this “modern classic” to all leaders, young and old.
Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
- Helpful Tool for Leaders
Andy Stanley is at his best when he is helping leaders know how to lead. This is why Next Generation Leader has so much to offer. In this simple work, Stanley shares five important principles of leadership that he has gathered over his years of, well, leading.
The strength of the book comes in its simple, straight-forward, and encouraging counsel on how to lead. For example, Stanley reminds us that, as leaders, it is wise for us to spend our time doing what we are naturally shaped and gifted to do. We dramatically do ourselves harm as leaders when we focus our energies on doing things that we dislike and are not good at. While such tasks are destined to be part of our work, we should find ways to minimize our time spent on tasks that drain us rather than fulfill us. This also means we must find ways to delegate the tasks that do not fit us to others who enjoy what we do not.
One more example that I will share is Stanley’s reminder that coaching is crucial for the development of any leader. If you are going to grow in your role as a leader, you need to have someone who can see what you do and offer suggestions and encouragement. A coach does not have to be somebody who can do what you are trying to do. A coach merely needs to be an observant, honest, and helpful person who is willing to invest in you.
Stanley occasionally uses biblical passages, generally Old Testament narrative, to illustrate the principles of leadership that he is attempting to share. This, to me, is the weakest point of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I am a pastor, and I love the Bible with all my heart. However, I do not think that the use of biblical illustrations actually strengthens Stanley’s points. He is not using the passages in their original context to teach their original intent. I would prefer to simply have Stanley teach these true principles with modern-day life examples rather than stretching the biblical text to fit a modern leadership paradigm.
I would happily recommend Next Generation Leader to any person who is interested in studying and growing in the field of leadership. Stanley has much to offer in this work, and we can all glean some great insights from what he has put together.
I received a free audio copy of this work as a part of the reviewers program of ChristianAudio.com. The narration of this book was perfect for the topic. It was engaging and never dull.