Helpful Leadership Development Tools

November 13, 2009 - Mac Lake - Leadership Development
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Throughout my day yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with three different young leaders.  I walked away from each meeting impressed with the  hunger,  teachablity and leadership potential of each young man.   I envy these guys as they are beginning their leadership journey in this day and age.  We live in a world where we are surrounded by a wealth of content for self-development.  I mentioned this to one of these guys and told them - there was no internet when I was his age – he couldn’t begin to imagine that!  Below are a few online resources I use regularly  in my own leadership development journey.  I hope you find them helpful as well.

1.  Book Summaries

There are many book summary services out there today.  I subscribe to Business Summaries at www.bizsum.com.  I like this service because they send you 52 summaries a year, they are accessible in a variety of formats including PDF, Powerpoint, MP3, Mindmap and more.  Plus right now they are having a SALE so you can get a one year subscription for $69.  Way worth it.  Another book summary service I like is www.christianbooksummaries.com this is an absolutely FREE service…you can’t beat that.

2. Self-Assessment

 Tim Irwin has recently released a new book through Nelson Publishersentitled Derailed.  In this book Irwin describes the failures of six different CEO’s and draws leadership principles that help us from getting derailed in our own leadership.  Here is the cool thing…there is an online assessment that helps you identify your risk of derailment in four key areas.  Take the assessment by clicking on this LINK.

3.  Social Networking Community

If you are a Campus Pastor or a Multisite Leader and are looking to strengthen your leadership and pastoral skills you have to check out www.leadingmultisite.ning.coma social networking community for multisite leaders to share best practices and learn from each other.  The site also features a Training Videos section that features training from a variety of multisite church leaders.  Each video session includes a three step mentoring process to help the learner process what they are learning with a mentor.

4.  Leadership Podcast

Andy Stanley has a Leadership Podcast that I highly recommend.  I devour these when I am on the treadmill in the gym.  They are short but loaded with rich content.  You can access these podcasts at the following LINK.

5. Leadership Blogs

Here are some of my favorite Leadership Blogs:  Michael Hyatt, Steven Furtick, Perry Noble, and John Maxwell.

What resources have you found helpful on your personal leadership development journey?

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2 responses to Helpful Leadership Development Tools

  1. these are great Mac! Just took the assessment and I had never known about the free book summaries before. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mac,

    You should check out http://www.backstageleadership.org. Its for young leaders to connect with experienced leaders. love the blog

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