Have you ever read a good book and wanted to let others know they should read it? That situation happens to me frequently. I love to get a fresh lead on a good read. President’s Pages is a monthly book review designed to give you some quick insights into a book I think you’d enjoy. If you’ve got a book you’d like to review, send me an email and we’ll see about getting you on the schedule.
This Month's Review: Courage: The Backbone of Leadership
“Thus courage—or its absence—determines all outcomes. Modestly put, courage decides quality of life and personal as well as institutional success.”
These introductory words set the stage for a wonderful and insightful book entitled Courage: The Backbone of Leadership by Gus Lee. The team that serves with me at Lenawee Christian Ministries has frequently heard me say that the decisions we must make are seldom hard to figure out. The question is whether we have the fortitude to make them. This idea lies at the heart of Lee’s book.
The book is aimed at anyone who leads. It is not a “Ten Easy Steps…” or a “Top Five Qualities…” book. Instead, like William Wallace rousing the troops to battle in the movie Braveheart, it’s intended to strengthen the hearts of those who must make hard decisions. The encouragement is centered on two important activities. First, we have to establish high core values and second, we have to make courageous decisions in alignment with those core values.
Lee shares his ideas in three sections. The first is a hypothetical story in which the characters are faced with tough decisions. This section will remind every leader of similar experiences in their lives. In the second section, Lee unwraps the important preparation and practices that lead to courageous decision-making. The third section provides clear steps leaders can take to grow their courage.
Courage: The Backbone of Leadership is a very enjoyable read. Lee’s easy-to-read writing style and the obvious wisdom he’s gained from personal experience are a powerful combination. I highly recommend the book for anyone in a leadership role in which tough decisions occur.
President’s Pages is written by Dr. Jim Colman, CEO of Lenawee Christian Ministries. Jim is married to Becky and they have two children and several grandchildren.