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352 pages
Aug 2005

The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

by Harold Myra & Marshall Shelley

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The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham focuses on Americaís top evangelist, Billy Graham, and his strategies and methodologies of leadership. Written by Harold Myra and Marshall Shelley, these authors most assuredly did their research and organized a book that is motivating and practical. The authors address how the evangelist went from humble beginnings to a huge icon in American history, running his organization with integrity and humility, which resulted into one of the largest Christian organizations of all time.

Myra and Shelley go into depth examining many of Grahamís successful leadership methodologies such as setting goals, casting a vision, motivating others, encouraging, hiring great leaderships, and training up other great leaders. The principles are communicated clearly and can be seen across the board in other great leaders such as John Maxwell, Jim Rohn, Andy Stanley, and others.

The writers of this book come from well established authority. Harold Myra is the president and CEO of Christianity Today International, and Marshall Shelley is the vice president of Christianity Today International and the executive editor of Leadership Journal. Both men have the experience to write their own books on leadership, and I believe it is out of that experience they have crafted each chapter with applicable leadership principles.

ďThe leader who wants to grow throughout his lifetime, as Billy has, realizes itís a life-long questĒ (p.35). This quote is one of many that reiterates Grahamís approaches. Many of the leadership qualities that were displayed by Graham were grown from this rooted principle. Leadership is an ongoing process, which essentially can be translated that leaders are always learners. This book is filled with great illustrations and principles for any leader who is looking to better himself as a leader in any organization. Grahamís methods are so universal, they can be used not only in religious circles, but also by the corporate world. The author uses interviews of Grahamís staff to truly drive home Grahamís character as a leader.

The writing style itself may have been improved: within its first twenty pages, the book still seemed be trying to find itself; it was trying to cover too much rather than having a strong focus. In addition to a leadership quality, each chapter contained points to ponder and leadership lessons, which were well communicated and professionally written. However, at times the text seemed to drag and lack momentum, as did the points to ponder, which would have been more useful as chapter summary points instead of random thoughts. I also would have appreciated more from Billy Graham himself as in what he believes has been the most essential in forming himself and shaping himself as a leader.

Anyone interested in growing as a leader, or any Billy Graham fans, will appreciate The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham. As for leadership growth, this book has a lot of gold nuggets, but you have to search for them, the book is not full of them. I would refer this book to a leadership team to read the leadership lessons, but not the entire book. I would be more effective if it was half its size. Ė Kelley Reid, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

A behind-the-scenes analysis of 21 essential leadership principles from the life of Billy Graham

Billy Graham looms large as one of the twentieth century's most influential and innovative leaders. Most people are unaware of his remarkable effectiveness as not only preacher and pastor, but as a CEO and a global leader as well.

The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham is full of transferable applications for leaders in the church, parachurch, academia, government, and business. Lively interviews with his closest associates illustrate 21 principles that have driven six decades of visionary impact. First-hand accounts reveal stories of courageous leadership and growth through painful lessons.

Graham's relentless application of core beliefs and leadership principles have resulted in, among many honors, being listed in Gallup's ten "most admired men" thirty times, more than anyone else. Time magazine named him one of the top ten leaders of the twentieth century. This book asks: How did this happen? What are the essentials he embraced to achieve such extraordinary results? What can we learn from him and apply to our own leadership roles?

This book is dedicated to those readers. Who sense the pressing need in today's world for inspired leadership. Who rise to leadership's high calling and are willing to carry its weight. Who are determined to deepen and expand their capacities and effectiveness.