Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs [AXIOM]

by Bill Hybels

Hardcover, 2008



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Zondervan (2008), Edition: First Edition


The best leaders not only lead well but also reflect on their leadership long enough and thoughtfully enough to articulate what philosophies cause them to do so. Whether serving in the marketplace or in ministry, as executives or rank-and-file employees, as salaried staff or volunteer servants, they can pinpoint the rationale for their actions and decisions with the ease of reciting their home address. In Axiom: The Language of Leadership, author Bill Hybels divulges the God-given convictions that have dictated his leadership strategy for more than three decades as Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Oriented toward four key leadership categories--vision and strategy ("Promote Shameless Profitability," "Take a Flyer"), teamwork and communication ("Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn't for Hire," "Disagree without Drawing Blood"), activity and assessment ("Develop a Mole System," "Sweat the Small Stuff"), and personal integrity ("Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up," "Fight for Your Family")--Axiom brokers accessible wisdom from one leader's journey, as well as emboldens you to nail down the reasons why you lead like you lead.… (more)

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LibraryThing member llaammaa
I walked right past this on the book table, thinking Hybels had run out of things to say and settled on rehashing little tidbits. Books of trite little sayings annoy me. When I heard him talk about it at the Leadership Summit, though, I decided to at least pick it up and read a few pages.

I didn't
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want to like the book, but found it to be very helpful. Nothing really earth-shattering in it. The words-to-wisdom ratio is surprisingly good, though, and the axioms (axia?) come easily to mind in a variety of leadership situations. Overall, worth reading.
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LibraryThing member bsanner
Drawing on thirty years of leadership experience, Hybels unpacks the leadership mantras that have guided his course. Over 75 proverbs are divided into four categories: vision and strategy, teamwork and communication, activity and assessment, and person integrity. These axioms are short, memorable,
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and to the point, making for a rich and practical learning experience. This is the sort of book that needs to be reread on a yearly basis. A
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