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5 Books for Leaders and Communicators

After you finish reading EntreWorship or Converge, here are five books that are worthy of your time:

The Leadership Journey: How to Master the Four Critical Areas of Being a Great Leader,” by Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn Ferry, is a practical and quick-to-read book about four critical areas of being a great leader:

  • Leading Yourself
  • Leading with Purpose
  • Leading Others
  • Leading to the Future

“As the leader, your job is to inspire people so they can empower themselves.”

The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design,” by Tim Pollard, details a proven process for designing presentations that impact your audience, motivating them to take action.

If you've ever been a victim of or inflicted Death by Powerpoint, this is a must-read book. I’m using it to prepare for a January keynote, and have used it to present a webinar on these six elements of a marketing plan, with great success. It helped me focus what could be an overwhelming amount of info into six key elements.

The Business of Expertise: How Entrepreneurial Experts Convert Insight to Impact + Wealth,” is written by my colleague David C. Baker. If you’re an entrepreneur, you should read it. If you want to understand how expertise develops and how you can apply what you know to your expertise, you must read it.

David's writing will challenge, energize, and encourage you to apply what you already know and understand with focus and insight. His writing is candid and direct, with truths each of you need to hear from an objective observer who isn’t afraid to say it.

Building a Vision for Your Life: Discovering Your Core Motivator-And Why It Matters,” by consultant Bob Perkins, will help you ‘know who you are and be it.’ Bob writes from a Christian perspective, asking:

“Could it be that so many of us are unfulfilled because we have never lived or worked out our passion? Have we instead lived our lives out of what is safe?”

Finally, one of my favorites: not only is “The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World,” about the incredible legacy and impact of the Guinness family, it details the rich and significant story of beer in history and culture.

Before you go all religious on this book and think because it talks about beer it might be sinful, understand that author Stephen Mansfield prefers soft drinks. Reading this book will help you understand the significance and relevance that God places on your work, and how valuable you are in the marketplace.

“What seem to be secular works are actually the praise of God and represent an obedience which is well-pleasing to him.” —Martin Luther

For the EntreWorshipper, there is no distinction between sacred and secular. You have been called to Christ, and called to work. Find where your vocation and calling converge, and serve there with passion, distinction, and excellence.

At the end of the day, lift a glass of Guinness, and give thanks for the gift of work.

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