Mistakes Leaders Make – Dave Kraft – A Book Review

26 Nov

I want to review Dave Kraft’s latest book, Mistakes Leaders Make today.   I want to say upfront that I read this book expecting to be motivated, challenged, and changed.  That is how I felt about Leaders Who Last, also by Kraft.  I just want to clarify that I did not read this book without some preconceived notions and expectations.  I want to follow that up by saying that I my high expectations for this book were met and surpassed greatly.

As a leader that has fallen on my own sword before and made plenty of mistakes I needed to read this.  I needed to read how to do life and ministry in ways that can bring life and infuse the Gospel into people and places.

Kraft explores 10 different mistakes in this book.

  • Allowing ministry to replace Jesus.
  • Allowing comparing to replace contentment.
  • Allowing pride to replace humanity.
  • Allowing pleasing people to replace pleasing God.
  • Allowing busyness to replace visioning.
  • Allowing financial frugality to replace fearless faith.
  • Allowing artificial harmony to replace difficult conflict.
  • Allowing perennially hurting people to replace potential hungry leaders.
  • Allowing information to replace transformation.
  • Allowing control to replace trust.

I know a lot of fellow ministers and leaders.  All of us struggle with most or all of these issues to some degree.  Chances are high that if you are in ministry the same is true for you.  If so I encourage you to read this work by Dave Kraft and learn how to have a lasting and impactful ministry.

I received this book in from the publisher, Crossway, for the purpose of review with no requirement to write a positive review.

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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Book Review


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