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Two Books Every Leader Should Read

I teach leadership courses for DBU and B H Carroll at both the Masters and PhD levels. I have extended bibliographies for each course, but if you were to ask me for one or two books on leadership you should read, I would recommend (other than my book on leadership):
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, by Ruth Haley Barton
and
Leadership on the Line, by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky.
Why these two out of all the others?
Both resonate with my personal experiences (and those of leaders I respect) of leading a freely formed group of followers around a perceived common mission toward a new goal or reality. 
Both provide practical and spiritual ways to survive the Mt. Rainier climb of leadership.
Leadership on the Line contains the wisdom of leading I wish I had known twenty years ago when I started this leadership adventure at Legacy Church. I wish someone had told me the price of leading and that leadership by its very nature creates conflict. I was trained in seminary to manage a deno…