Monthly Archives: September 2014

Leadership Lessons – By Ralph K. Hawkins & Richard Leslie Parrot

This book addresses leadership from a perspective of what NOT to do by looking at the life, the struggles, and the failures of King Saul as a leader. In other words, the authors propose to show us how to be more effective leaders by demonstrating what NOT to do. They do this by introducing ten main pitfalls of King Saul:

  1. He did not handle authority with humility.
  2. He isolated himself too much.
  3. He spoke without thinking.
  4. He missed the right time for action.
  5. He let the people lead him instead of vice versa.
  6. He did not make changes in his organization when necessary or deserved.
  7. He did not love people.
  8. He did not remain true to his morals.
  9. He did not admit his mistakes or defer to those with more expertise.
  10. He did not seek God.

four stars of five

I give this book four stars. I really debated giving it three, but ultimately decided that its merit as a leadership development book deserved more.  It’s likely only my labor through it that made me initially think differently. I’m not a nonfiction reader by hobby, but by professional necessity (and for personal growth), so this book took me longer than most to get through.

What I liked most about this book is that it approaches leadership from such a unique perspective.  I’ve read several leadership development books over the past few years, and all of them except this one approach it from the point of view of building on your strengths as a leader or through giving examples of great leaders. While the end result is the same, it was interesting to think about it in this manner.

What I did not like as much about this book included two things.  First, I think this book would be far better read and digested in a small group study setting instead of as an individual. That way there could be discussion and reflection throughout the book.  Second, the book is a little “business-ese” in its writing style which can make it laborious at times to follow or stay tuned into.

Overall, however, if you are looking for a great leadership book to add to your shelf and extend your ability as a leader, I would recommend that this be one of them.

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