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Understanding Leadership


by Tom Marshall

Tom Marshall gives fresh perspectives on the essence of New Testament leadership. He describes how and why it is distinct from management, administration, or ministry. He offers clear guidance on topics such as:

  • Foresight
  • Trust
  • Criticism
  • Caring
  • Status
  • Timing
  • Failure
  • Honour

Understanding Leadership emphasizes lifestyle and attitude. It helps you nurture interdependence while maintaining identity and integrity with your church, business or community.

ISBN: 9781852404963
224 pages


  1. Dr. David R. Bess

    This book is one of the best titles I have read that applies specifically to Christian leaders. There are many works available that address leadership in general, but ones that give a uniquely Christian perspective are harder to find. Marshall has an excellent work here, and I recommend it highly to all Christian leaders. I especially recommend it to young pastors who are preparing for a life of service as a pastor. Everything rises and falls on good Christian leadership. In twenty years of pastoral ministry, I have seen many of Marshall’s principles verified through my own mistakes and shortcomings. This book will be a great help in avoiding many of the pitfalls that plague Christian leaders.

  2. Laurie B.

    Fabulous Book…quick service.

  3. Jeannette

    great for insight during study of the church.

  4. Tatadra Fj

    Excellent condition

  5. Nightrider

    A most helpfull book that gets right to the core.

  6. Thomas A. Nite

    I have served as a pastor and missionary for many years. I have taught Christian leadership at the Bible College and Seminary level. This is by far the best book on Christian leadership I have read. I highly recommend it. Marshall’s insights into servant leadership go beyond what others have written. When you read the book you get the sense that Marshall knows from personal experience what he is writing about. Marshall also gives insight into what is wrong with most of the leadership you will encounter around the world. The principles he gives apply, not only to those in Christian leadership, but to all who desire to use leadership the way our Creator intended.

  7. kdanso

    book in perfect condition

  8. Annabelle Egginton

    Excellent read on real leadership and what it means and doesn’t mean. Good for self-correction where it is needed and also an excellent insight on why some people can’t lead. Indispensable to anyone in a leadership position or on on their way to.

  9. Richard Tavener

    This book looks at the nature and problems of leadership, particularly in Christian organisations (although the principles have general application). The problems of power are discussed and the antidote of servant leadership, as modeled by Christ, is proposed. Other topics covered are coping with criticism, stress management, relationships and trust, and love and honour. There is a valuable chapter on failure in leadership. A book to study and digest carefully.


“Be encouraged. Moses heard from God, but Aaron preached his sermons. This is body ministry. Leaders need one another. The chapters in this book put relationship at the heart of everything: relationship with God, relationship with one another. Good relationships nurture and foster interdependence while maintaining identity and integrity.
God himself is going to speak through these pages. He has his eye on leaders and intends to help them.
Tom Marshall specializes in the uncanny knack of going to the root of leadership problems and then lovingly but scripturally applying sensible, godly remedies. This book will make for a healthy body of believers fed and taught by a healthy body of leaders. That is why I want every leader and aspiring leader to read this book.”
Gerald Coates Leader, Pioneer Team Esher, Surrey

“This is one of the best books on leadership I have read. Tom Marshall is a genius in highlighting key leadership issues and making them accessible for us all. A must read.”
Ken Blanchard co-author of The One Minute Manager

Table of Contents

Introduction What Is Leadership?

1 Foresight—the Leader’s Lead
2 Goals—the Leader’s Aim
3 The Question of Timing
4 Imparting the Vision
5 Danger—Power at Work
6 The Redemption of Power
7 The Redemption of Leadership
8 How to Become a Servant Leader
9 The Status Syndrome
10 Coping with Criticism
11 Authority—the Leader’s Mantle
12 Biblical Stress Management
13 Relationships—the Leader’s Network
14 Trust—the Cost of Commitment
15 Who Cares? Love and Leadership
16 Made for Honor
17 Understanding Understanding
18 Meet the Corporation
19 The City Revisited
20 When Leaders Fail

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