I listened to the audio version of this book and found it absolutely outstanding - I am going to buy the book to have on my shelf. While the target audience, I believe, was prospective missionaries and I believe many apply it to lay and pastoral leadership in the church, I found the tenets of this book also very applicable as my role as father and husband and spiritual leader of my household. Also, as a Naval officer, it is one of the best books on ANY kind of leadership I have read. The principles are foundational and will be successful in any aspect of your life.
I have read through many leadership books and this is one of the greatest books I have ever worked through related to leadership. Out of all the books I had to buy and read during my seminary experience (more than I wish to try to count) this is in my top two!
Though written over 40 years ago, this book is still practical and relevant today for Christian leadership. Covering a broad range of topics rather than just a few aspects of leadership, Chambers brings together an array of subjects that will prove beneficial to anyone reading it. The language of the original edition had become rather dated in the opinion of the editors, so three changes were made to bring the content into the 21st century. First, the use of the singular, masculine pronoun has been replaced with wording that addresses both men and women. This change wasn't necessary, but the editors were uncomfortable with the singular, masculine pronouns and other masculine references to people in general. Second, personalities and authorities mentioned by Sanders who were household names in his day are no longer so today. References have been added to provide biographical information. Third, the New International Version of the Bible has been used rather than what was likely the KJV in the original.If you are looking for a good overview of Christian leadership principles, this book is the one to read. It doesn't go into great detail on any of the topics, but it does provide an excellent summary overall. I recommend it.