The best leaders are consistently learning and challenging themselves. They are not content with the status quo. Neither are they content with leading the way that they’ve been led or simply according to their gut instincts. The best leaders are on a lifelong journey of learning because they know that when they stop learning, they stop leading.
However, it’s not just about learning because any good leader knows the importance of learning.
The thing that sets the best leaders apart from the pack lies in Todd’s quote above. The best leaders not only strive to become experts in their field, but they also broaden their field of vision.
When you develop this discipline, you begin to see connections between seemingly disparate themes, ideas, and concepts. You develop the ability to integrate diverse perspectives into a collective whole. It’s like a light turns on in your brain.
As a pastor and as a church leader, I love to read spiritually formative books. I love to read books from thought leaders in my discipline, like:
- Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World – David Garrison
- I am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference – Thom Rainer
- Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers – Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird
- The Artisan Soul: Crafting your Life into a Work of Art – Erwin McManus
- The Pastor: A Memoir – Eugene Peterson
However, if I stop there, then my leadership will only go so far.
That’s why these are the books that I’m currently reading to challenge and grow myself:
- What are the things that you want your church to do? How do you want your church to be known in the community? Marketing is not just for businesses trying to gain market share.