The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make

By Hans Finzel
Wheaton : Victor (1994). 200 Pages.

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6.2 (Fall 1995) : 247-247

The author, drawing upon a decade of leadership training ministry, sets out to prevent his readership from making the same mistakes he and his own leaders made. His concern is not to offer a consistent and cohesive model of leadership or philosophy of ministry. He, rather, points out areas where leaders often fail. He combines biblical and pragmatic arguments from administration theory to make his points.

Mistakes addressed are the top-down attitude, putting paperwork before peoplework, the absence of affirmation, no room for mavericks, dictatorship in decision making, dirty delegation, communication chaos, missing the clues of corporate structure, success without successors, failure to focus on the future.

Even if those mistakes the author presents are not actually the top ten leaders make, or even if his arguments are not taken directly from biblical propositions, the book is stimulating reading for anyone who finds himself in a leadership role. Regardless of whether one agrees with the author's approach to leadership, on the whole or in part, the book will force him to think about leadership issues that wrongly and typically go unaddressed.