What can an author who describes himself as the one voted least likely to succeed in his high school class teach the rest of us about leadership? Plenty! Perry Noble in his book The Most Excellent Way to Lead shares a wealth of advice for leaders in any assignment. Noble believes that leadership “has nothing to do with the number of followers you have on social media or how big your office is or how much money you make.” Noble’s view of leadership, based on 1 Corinthians 13, speaks to the workings of the leader’s heart. “If we want to be excellent leaders, then loving other people is not optional.”
The book is organized with chapters focused on the different aspects of love as outlined in 1 Corinthians 13. Noble peppers the pages with his stories of successes and failures as a pastor, husband and father. These modern examples are coupled with snapshots of events from the life of King David along with Noble’s insights. The reader will find useful discussion questions and summary statements at the close of each chapter making the book suitable for a group study.
The Most Excellent Way to Lead is not a book to be read once then added to the stacks with other dusty management or leadership tomes. This is a practical volume that should be revisited annually as a performance tune-up.
Note – Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of The Most Excellent Way to Lead to facilitate my review.