Tag Archive | Leadership

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Awaken the Leader Within: How the Wisdom of Jesus Can Unleash Your Potential

I thought this is a very insightful book about leadership, especially comparing it to Jesus’ leadership style, one of self-motivation, vision, courage, dependence on God. Also, this particular leadership style shows how to nurture vision in others, make wise decisions, build a team, and put others first. We don’t see a lot of this type […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Birth Of A New Nation by Martin Luther King Jr.

This was one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most riveting speeches as he recently returned from a trip to Africa, the country of Ghana, and was witness to “The Birth of a New Nation” as Ghana was finally freed from British rule and gained its own sovereignty. Even though this is well over 50 years […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders by Jeffrey Cohn

Almost 70% of Americans believe that we are suffering from a crisis of leadership, but rather than asking, why are leaders failing, we need to ask, “Why aren’t we choosing better leaders?” This was an excellent book on leadership, and I learned so much about some of the traits that we ought to keep in […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success by John Wooden

As a student athlete back in the 70’s when Coach Wooden was at his peak, I had the pleasure to play against Coach Wooden’s teams and watch far across the court as he masterfully coached his teams to excellence. He had such a knack for communicating to his teams what he expected on and off […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Leading In A Culture of Change by Michael Fullen

Leaders must be guided by moral purpose Leaders must understand the changes going to happen and to be able to adapt to change  Leaders must be constant “relationship builders”, especially with people different than themselves Leaders must constantly generate new and updated knowledge  Effective leaders make even the most difficult of task seem hopeful. They […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Autobiography of Chief Black Hawk by Black Hawk

I really enjoyed this autobiography of Chief Blackhawk book, as it’s all about the wonderful story about Blackhawk, and a lot of his experiences in dealing with the white American settlers. Black Hawk was a Native American, a tough leader of the Sauk tribe who led his people in battles against the U.S., with the […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – Self Coaching: How To Become Your Own Life Coach by Lyn Kelley

http://www.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/Self-Coaching-Audiobook/B00B9JASZS This was a pretty straightforward but that laid out an approach of goal setting, positive thinking, perseverance and working hard to achieve what you want in life. The author, Lyn Kelley, is a well renowned motivational speaker and life coach herself.  So she knows a thing or two about what she’s talking about. I […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The Secret: What Great Leaders Know And Do by Ken Blanchard

http://www.audible.com/pd/Business/The-Secret-Audiobook/B002V57VE0/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1379409082&sr=1-2 The Secret, is a really good book that talks about the secret of great leadership in some easy to follow steps and, with a simple change in philosophy (taking on a servitude attitude) is something that we all can and should develop. Author, Ken Blanchard breaks down his Secret approach to leadership in these […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – How The Mighty Fall by Jim Collins

http://www.audible.com/pd/Business/How-the-Mighty-Fall-Audiobook/B002V8N7S6T I thought this was an excellent book on leadership and business strategy. As a business owner myself for almost 25 years, I have seen how a company can find themselves in the various stages of decline if they are not careful. Even our company went through some precarious times as we went through an […]

James Donaldson’s Book Review – The 5 Levels Of Leadership by John Maxwell

http://www.audible.com/pd/Business/The-5-Levels-of-Leadership-Audiobook/B005O1YJCU Without a doubt one of the best books for leadership that I have ever read!  The author, John Maxwell, describes five levels of leadership that sound simple in theory, but obviously require a lot of work and a journey of a lifetime to achieve. As a business owner myself, I strive to continue to […]


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