My bet is that if you’re reading this blog post with this title, you’re probably a big Andy Stanley fan.  For many pastors and Christian leaders throughout America, Andy stands as one of the most inspiring and exemplary models of leadership excellence – and rightly so.  So given his position as a great leadership model, wouldn’t it be cool if you could personally ask him what books have had the biggest influence on his development both as a leader and as a pastor of one of the nation’s largest and most influential Churches?  Well if you’d ever thought that, take heart and be of good cheer, for I bring good tidings of great joy.

Not too long ago I noticed in the NorthPoint Church bookstore that they have this special bookshelf over in the corner with a sign that reads “Books Recommended By Andy Stanley and NorthPoint Leadership” so I figured you’d love to know what books were on that shelf – and I took the liberty to compile those books into a list for you.

Here’s why I think this list is a big deal: it’s clear that Andy is an avid reader and student of leadership.  So when someone like Andy – who’s arguably read hundreds even thousands of the best leadership books over a lifetime of successful leadership – stands back and looks at the heap of books he’s spent thousands of hours reading, and walks over to that pile and picks out a few carefully selected books and says, “of all the many books I’ve read, here are the ones I would say you should definitely read” – that’s when I run to know which books he singled out.

The books are in no particular order.  Enjoy.

1.  Courageous Leadership – Bill Hybels

2.  Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney – Lee Cockerell

3.  E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About It – Michael E. Gerber

4. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When To Quit (and When to Stick) – Seth Godin

5.  The Creative Habit: Learn It and use It for Life – Twyla Tharp

6.  Be Our Guest: Perfecting The Art of Customer Service – Ted Kinni and Disney Institute

7.  Built To Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies – Jim Collins

8.  The 80/20 Principle: The Secret To Success by Achieving More with Less– Richard Koch

9.  The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization – Peter M. Senge

10.  The Five  Dysfunctions of A Team: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni

11.  The Five Temptations of A CEO: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni

12. Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends on It – Al Ries

13.  Killing Cockroaches: And Other Scattered Musings on Leadership – Tony Morgan

14. Influencer: The Power To Change Anything – Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny et al.

15.  Integrity: The Courage To Meet the Demands of Reality – Henry Cloud

16.  Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box – The Arbinger Institute

17. Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip and Dan Heath

18. The Leadership Challenge – James M. Kouzes

19.  The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company – Joseph Michelli

20.  The One Thing You Need To Know:… About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success – Marcus Buckingham

21.  Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace – Gordon MacKenzie

22.  The Contrarian’s Guide To Leadership – Steven B. Sample

23.  Rules of The Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life’s Work – Kevin Carroll

24.  Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors – Patrick Lencioni

25.  Thinking for a Living: Creating Ideas That Revitalize Your Business, Career, and Life – Joey Reiman

26.  Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us – Seth Godin

27.  What The Best CEO’s Know: 7 Exceptional Leaders and Their Lessons for Transforming Any Business – Jeffery A. Krames


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Thanks for stopping by the “210 LIFE//: Awaken Generation Blog”.  Hope you enjoy the posts.




  1. I notice there are 66 other books that weren’t on the list…

  2. Sad and pathetic……


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