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The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham [Hardcover]

By Harold Myra (Author) & Marshall Shelley (Author)
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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310255783  
EAN  9780310255789  
UPC  025986255787  

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A behind- the- scenes analysis of twenty key principles of leadership, illustrated with stories and examples from the life of Billy Graham, whose fingerprints are on many leading Christian institutions and organizations, with transferable applications to people serving in a leadership role in business, educational, church, or parachurch settings.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Born in Camden, New Jersey, Harold Myra is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Christianity Today, Inc., which publishes "Christianity Today, Campus Life, " and "Today's Christian Woman", and other outstanding Christian periodicals. His Bachelor of Science degree is from East Stroudsburg University (PA), and he has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from John Wesley College, Biola University, and Gordon College. He has taught writing and publishing at the Graduate School at Wheaton College. Harold lives in Illinois with his wife Jeanette. They have six children and three grandchildren.

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The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham  May 11, 2008
Awesome book! Full of fantastic leadership hints and real-life examples. I would recommend to anyone interested in improving themselves and/or improving relationships with others.
Full of illustrations and nuggets  Sep 11, 2006
I teach a leadership course and tell my students I will read and review the business or leadership books they recommend. I was skeptical at first, most attempts to create Bible oriented business books fail. However, in this case the authors chose to use Good to Great, one of the best business books of the decade, as a primary focusing lens and there is a single Bible verse at the end of each chapter.

The story begins with the observation leaders are often forged in the furnace of life. Billy got off easy this once. His furnace experience was being rejected for marriage by Emily, saying "I just don't see any real purpose in your life yet." The statement stung and after months of consideration, Billy decided to be fully committed to God. The story then moves to Theodore Roosevelt, who was also pursing his life's true love. He got the girl, but only for three years, soon after his father passed away, his mother and wife died at his home within hours of one another.

Billy's calling as an evangelist was tested, he was offered movie contracts, even a million dollars a year, ( this is the 1950s, so that would be more like 6 million today using the Consumer Price Index).

The book pours you through history, not just Billy's experiences, but those of his friends. Billy had to face the growth pains of the nation, trying to serve both Catholics and Protestants in divided cities like New York and Boston. They discuss the civil rights movement where he was pressured to hold segregated meetings; he did not. I am not overly emotional, but I cried during many of the historical passages as I remember this nation's history, the author's tell the story well.

He was friend to Presidents and others in power including friends that fell including Nixon and evangelist Jim Bakker. He gave Nixon's Eulogy and conducted the memorial service for the Oklahoma City Bombing and the National Cathedral service for the 9/11.

The book does a great job of covering his management style; he built a great team and gave them a lot of freedom to act. If there is one place a bit more depth would have helped, it would have been more information on his health struggles, how did Billy Graham balance life and mission.

The bottom line, this is a good book whether or not you believe in the Christian faith. It deserves at least two readings, there are so many illustrations and nuggets it is impossible to get them all the first time through.
Accurate Biography but Not a Good Guide for Leadership  Jul 11, 2006
A lot of the adivce in this book is cliche and common sense. But some of the advice as to how to be a great leader like Billy is wrong and misleading. For example the author points out that prayer is a big factor, however he records that the advice of a Welsh pastor inspired Billy Graham to become a better preacher, and shows that Billy and the Welsh Pastor thought that this was accomplished merely by a prayer and to be broken like Paul. However a single prayer and being broken is not going to make you a great preacher. Rather wisdom and the desire to be perfectly obedient to God and continuous prayer are the keys.

Billy said he felt that he was filled with the Holy Spirit upon his prayer with the Welsh pastor and was so excited he kept talking about it afterwards and crying. Think about it, why would one prayer and not the others work? Billy already shown he was broken so why would praying to be broken again do anything?

The fact is many people become great leaders because they pander (whether purposely or not), are tall, decent looking or good looking, have a good speaking voice, speak well, and are the the right places at the right time. As shallow as that may seem it is true. The author rather implies it is because of Billy's humility towards God, when really, as I've discovered in my research, that it is Billy's humility towards man. Billy doesn't believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven, and he lets people know this, and that is why he is so widely embraced and supported.

Leadership is about others  Feb 25, 2006
The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham aren't really secrets, but rather a look into how this man of God has operated since his call to serve the Lord as the main spokesman and leader of an international organization focused on sharing the Good News with people throughout the world. He clearly has illustrated that leadership isn't about him, but in finding good people and placing responsiblity and trust in those people. Much literature on leadership looks at how supposed leaders get action out of those who follow. Graham, by contrast, has an ability to find good people and then steps aside to let them use their God given talents. Leadership is about empowering those around you, not forcing your vision on them. Leadership is about helping them succeed, not pushing to make things happen according to your desires. Graham's leadership is bathed in prayer for those around him, seeking the Lord's desire.
Borrow, Don't Buy!  Jan 13, 2006
This book alone justifies the existence of libraries: books may be borrowed and not purchased. I received this book as a birthday present recently, and was both impressed and excited by the title. Imagine me, learning the leadership secrets of the foremost evangelist and Evangelical of the 20th century! Alas, the excitement lasted no longer than the table of contents. The authors, both longtime Leadership Magazine editor/publisher types, have used the story of Billy Graham as a springboard for sharing with us THEIR OWN leadership secrets, gleaned from a variety of sources, including Mother Theresa, Mohandas Ghandi, and Abraham Lincoln. Absent from this book are any direct interviews with Dr.Graham, which lead us to believe that this book was undertaken without his consent or cooperation. Because Billy Graham is still alive and well, this is the greatest weakness of the book. The authors could have, and should have had long interviews with Dr. Graham, in which they allowed him to speak directly to the question of his own leadership principles and perspective. Second is the authors' ability to use certain contemporary Christian vocabulary which is shared only by a sub-culture which reads their kinds of books. It is not, unfortunately, written for a wider audience. The third weakness is their failure to demonstrate, in any chapter, why a particular leadership principle is actually a secret of Billy Graham's and not simply something generally recognized by the larger Christian or business community. We get teaspoons of Billy Graham and gallons of everyone else who has spoken or written on the subject of leadership.

If you are really interested in buying a book about Billy Graham, don't buy this one. Use its bibliography in the back to find something better, to include Dr. Graham's autobiography: Just as I Am.

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