Book Review: “Leading With A Limp”

Leading With A Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness

by Dan B. Allender, PhD

Mike’s Rating:

5 out of 5 cups of coffee!

There is an endless litany of leadership books available. I’ve read a sizable stack of them. There are so many that simply substitute their own buzzwords and anecdotes from one they read 10 years before and pass it off as new content. Leading With A Limp by Dan Allender defies that cookie-cutter mentality.

If you know me personally then you probably understand why I was drawn to pick up this book. I have long believed that transparency and self-awareness were crucial elements for genuinely effective leadership. This, of course, is not at all a universally-recognized leadership principle. I found the book both personally affirming and significantly convicting.

Dr. Allender offers a very well-researched argument that blends his extensive experience and training as a psychologist and therapist with his grounded theological base. As he walks through significant leadership examples from the biblical narrative, his clinical insights and research bring some very powerful observations to light.

I found the book to be an easy one to follow. I actually listened to the whole book in a day (while working on a remodel project by myself). Allender has an easy manner of expression that avoids the extremes of academic sterility and hyper-spiritual platitudes. It is a well-written book of great value to any leader, but particularly leaders in a faith community context.

One particular instance in which I believe this volume may be of great insight is to lay leaders of churches that may be seeking a pastor. The perspectives found here could help significantly in terms of looking for what is truly needed as opposed to what is popularly wanted or expected.

While I am certainly no expert in the evaluation of leadership books, I do believe that I have a broad enough experience with such that I feel confident in heartily recommending this good work to you.

You can purchase “Leading With A Limp” through these Amazon links:

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