The book review this month is on a book called Understanding Leadership by Tom Marshall, a man who has travelled extensively and taught in various contexts; Bible colleges and Christian and business seminars. This book offers clear guidance on topics such as trust, timing, caring, failure and honour.
The main focus is on New Testament leadership, exploring what we need to learn in order to develop as leaders with integrity. The author then seeks to identify how we can apply this to ministry within church and in our own Christian lives. Although primarily focusing on a Christian context, the leadership lifestyle that the author explores is one that I believe can be transferred to other contexts as well. This was helpful for me, as I have find myself working in contexts other than just Christian ones.
As a student with CYM, I was initially worried about having another book to read on top of all my others! But as I started to read this book, I actually found it very easy and enjoyable to read – not to mention, helpful for my essays! Although I didn't necessarily agree on everything that Marshall had to say in the book, it did give me a lot of food for thought about my own leadership style and approach. One of the main things that I found helpful was reading about 'when leaders fail'. This was encouraging to me as a trainee youth worker, but also gave me practical advice about what to do when a failure happens, and ways to avoid it happening.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone in a leadership role, particularly if they have an interest in learning more about how to be a leader from a biblical perspective.
Amy Rotherham is a third year CYM student, based in Lincolnshire.