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Leadership Reading List for 2010

Leaders are readers, because leaders must be continual learners. What have you been reading lately?

Leadership Reading List 2010

leadership reading listHere’s my freshly updated Leadership Reading List for 2010.

“Leaders are readers, and readers are leaders.” Prof Howie Hendricks

What are the best two books you’ve read lately? I’d love to hear from you.

By Ken

Dr. Ken Cochrum (DMin, Bethel University) is Vice President of Global Digital Strategies at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in Orlando, Florida. An avid cyclist and aspiring guitarist, he also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently co-founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. He previously served as vice president of Cru’s student-led movements worldwide. He and his wife Ann spent 13 years in East Asia where they raised their two children. Ken blogs regularly at

7 replies on “Leadership Reading List for 2010”

Thanks for the books list. I love hearing what people are reading!

This isn’t recent, but my favorite leadership book in that last couple years has been Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley.

Also Patrick Lencioni’s book have been influential. Especially 3 Signs of a Miserable Job.

1. D.L. Moody On Spiritual Leadership. Every chapter is challenging and convicting. Moody is a godly leader I want to model my life after.

2. Grown Up DigitalThis really helped me understand a lot about myself and some of the friction I face in my job. People who have grown up digital have their worldview shaped in a different way. This book is helpful for understanding technology trends and how and why young people act the way they do.

Welcome back!

1. Walking His Trail by Steve Saint. Not exactly well written or edited but an incredible compilation of stories of God showing up on Steve’s trail. Leadership take-away: He encourages us to record and pass along to future generations how God led and provided for us.

2. Secret Soldier: true life story of Israel’s greatest commando by Moshe Betser. Leadership take-away: strategic leaders must take point in the selection and training of those on the team. That ensures that you have the right people trained the right way to go after the Common Purpose together.

These sound like some really good reads, guys. Thanks for your contribution. So many books, so little time….

Welcome back! Two books:
1. ESV Study Bible. My church issued a 90-day challenge to read the New Testament as a church in 90 days. I finished the NT today. I feel like I’ve completed a NT Survey course and am rejuvenated by the breadth of God’s plan. I read the intro material to each NT book along with the book. Tremendous. Now, on to the OT. (I’m reading the Kindle version. I can carry all 3000 pages with me everywhere I travel without paying excess baggage!)
2. Crucial Conversations. (I think I read this from a recommendation from you, Ken. Thanks!). I’ve been through a number of high-emotional-friction scenarios in the past couple of years. This book wasn’t full of new ideas, but packaged things I know into helpful ways to use them. I have made a “Crucial Conversation” document I review when I expect to be in another emotionally-charged environment (on my Kindle, of course!).

I’ve really enjoyed The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser (a disciple of Henri Nouwen). Another winner for me was A House for My Name: Survey of the Old Testament by Peter Leithert. Two very different books, both deeply meaningful to me. Rolheiser has thoughtful, fresh and engaging way to talk about the Christian life (sacraments, sex, community, paschal living). And Leithert is more energetic, tight, with amazing commentary on OT themes and patterns. Also, I got a Kindle. Yahoo!

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