Leading with Confidence / Book

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A wise, proven investment in your own future, covering 30 essential leadership areas, including: HOW TO COPE WITH … Change, Depression, Failure, Fatigue, Pressure. HOW TO BECOME MORE … Attractive, Balanced, Confident, Creative, Disciplined, Motivated. HOW TO DEVELOP SKILLS IN … Asking, Dreaming, Goal Setting, Prioritizing, Risk Taking, Influencing, Money Managing, Personal Organization, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Communicating. HOW TO BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE IN … Delegating, Firing, Reporting, Team Building, People Building, Recruiting, Masteplanning, Motivating.

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Confidence increases dramatically when predictability increases. This one book dramatically increases the predictability of what to do in a very wide variety of situations every single leader faces in life. Therefore, increasing any leader’s confidence!
“Leading With Confidence has been a very practical aid in my work in Eastern Europe for over 25 years. And, it is still important now as a member of a global church movements team. After the Bible, it has been the most helpful book I have used over the years.”
Virgil Anderson
Global Church Movements VP
Campus Crusade for Christ International

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4 reviews for Leading with Confidence / Book

  1. Kelly J. Loftis

    Excellent, articulate, practical and easily assimilated into the life of a busy leader. There are easy questions to reference at the end of each chapter so if a person is having a struggle in a particular area or simply need their memory refreshed, it is easy and quick to find. I have been able to immediately begin applying these principles to my life. Can’t say enough good about this book and would recommend it!

  2. kristin

    Despite some of the other reviews, which I was surprised about, I found this book incredibly helpful. I think the title is a bit misleading as the book doesn’t really tell you how to lead. But it does an exceptional job of telling the reader how to get beyond common pitfalls in order that a person can lead effectively. Exhaustion, personal scheduling, and the likes are the subject matter for chapters. So while the book is not about leadership per se, it is certainly about the “confidence” or building confidence part of its title.

    While this is not the type of book to read from cover to cover, it is a helpful occasional resource and should be used as such. Having trouble asking good questions and getting to the bottom of an issue? There’s a chapter for that. Having problems balancing work and home life? There’s help for that too. Don’t expect the solutions to be chapters long but a few pages as this is what makes it so accessible. Think of this book not as an exhaustive resource on particular issues but hitting the high notes. Despite this shotgun blast approach, the book works pretty well at hitting the most problematic of areas.

    My only tiff with the book is that it really isn’t Christian at all. I would put it on par with “The Power of Focus” or “Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.” It sounds Christian at times but really it doesn’t work.

  3. Trevin Wax

    I don’t read or recommend many leadership books. This one is easy to read, and it contains helpful advice (though not necessarily Christian). Business people and church leaders alike can benefit from the insights found here. Biehl writes about service to others, communicating well, dealing with failure, depression, fatigue, etc.

    The chapters are brief. The sentences are short. The style of writing includes quotes and graphs. There are summaries at the end of each chapter, making the book easy to dip into.

  4. Jonathan

    I had to read this book for a class, and was extremely disappointed. This book basically consists of fortune-cookie platitudes and rosy assumptions about life that have very little correlation to actual success and leadership. In his chapter on firing, Biehl notes that when you are firing someone “you are actually releasing him from that failure – and freeing him to seek a position in which he can find success.” He also notes that before firing someone, you should consider the impact that firing will have on the person’s spouse and children. If bosses fired this way, no one would ever lose their job.

    Biehl states there is a difference between “natural energy” and “forced energy” in his chapter on fatigue. He defines these artificial categories as what we want to do (natural) versus what we have to do (forced). The assumptions here are fundamentally flawed, but there’s even more silliness in the next sentence. “Operating on forced energy is twice as tiring- and only half as effective- as natural energy.” This statement doesn’t even make any logical sense. He also states in his chapter on motivating others that “no one really wants to fail, everyone wants to make a difference and everyone wants to grow personally.” This seems to be a wildly optimistic assumption that indicates a lack of understanding regarding the reality of many people today.

    In his chapter on reporting, he states that when told that a reporting system would be implemented for employees to update their supervisor on progress, 80% of the office would be “relieved” and only 5% would show “resistance.” It is naive to believe that this is the case…more accurately, a very large number would smile outwardly and groan inwardly, thinking, “more work to add to my pile.” The book consists mostly of questions that are at most marginally helpful and the chapters are almost always too short to get into any significant discussion on the subjects. Anyone who has ever been in leadership and is only marginally competent should already be asking themselves 90% of these questions. Certainly the book helps to remind of a few categories that need to be considered, but this pitiful value does not excuse the waste in the rest of the book. One star overstates the value of the book, but it was the lowest rating available.

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