Evangelicalism would be well served if pastors would throw out all the "Christianized" worldly management books, read this book, then follow the Word of God and the Spirit of God. If one does not experience the leading of the Spirit as Blackaby relates, then he would do his flock a favor if he withdraws from ministry until he does. This is not a book for those who hold to the theology of "Decision Making and the Will of God" or to modern church "management" philosophies. A companion book would be The Courage to Be Protestant, by David F. Wells. Evangelicals need to say farewell to syncretism with secular business philosophies.
Blackabys addressed spiritual leadership as a God given gift. The Holy Spirit reveals Gods will to people and equips them to lead. An effective leader should be hard working and have a desire to learn. Leaders should strive to move people to where God wants them to be .This will be done through the heart of prayer, having a servant hood spirit, being visionary, being prayerful, being strategic, prayerful, able to know your limitations and then you delegate. Leadership is not about positions but relationships. Leaders should lead exemplary lives and avoid the ten pitfalls mentioned it the textbook. Henry and Richard Blackaby wrote Spiritual Leadership to help Christian leaders in business; politics and the pastorate develop the qualities of spiritual leadership. Spiritual Leadership will help you understand God's design for leadership and will enable you to lead God's people towards the fulfillment of His purposes. The authors focus upon a leader's relationship with God as the key to effective leadership. From this relationship flow a leaders visions, goals, influence, and decision-making. All of the basic leadership principles are covered in this book, but they are addressed from the perspective of one's relationship with God. This perspective is what makes this work so unique and so valuable. The authors conclude that since "God is on mission," the task of leaders is to join Him in that mission and bring people along to join that mission (70). In light of this reality, leaders are urged to make decisions with the reminder that they will give an account before God. The authors remind the readers that the goal is bringing God glory while the reward is finding joy in knowing that they pleased GodI would recommend leaders to use these principles to help them develop their leadership skills. All leaders including family people should read this book often.