5 Leadership Books To Read In July 2023

Reading is a great way to increase your knowledge through the experiences of others. It’s why every month I bring you a list of great leadership and personal development books to help you grow and become the leader you desire.

This month is no different. 

Are you ready for July? It’s typically a month of vacations and traveling for many. If that’s you, don’t neglect your personal development. This month’s list of books is great.

5 Leadership Books To Read In July 2023

1. Lead Like It Matters to God: Values-Driven Leadership in a Success-Driven World by Richard Stearns:

Richard Stearns was the CEO of World Vision, an organization near and dear to my heart as they bring clean water to those who lack it. In his book, Lead Like It Matters To God, Stearns recounts his journey from President of Parker Brothers and Lennox (you remember the crystal company, right?) to joining the non-profit World Vision upon God’s calling. 

Leadership Lessons From Running A Half Marathon At 3AM

Why I Ran A Half Marathon At 3AM

Many months ago, my pastor came up with a crazy idea: Let’s run a half marathon! (For those of you who don’t know, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. That’s a long distance to go by foot.) That sounds crazy enough on its own. The next thing he said was: at 3 AM.

Wait… What? Did I just hear Pastor Ben right? He wants me to run a half marathon early in the morning? Well, he had. And I tentatively agreed.

half marathon leadership lessons

There was no firm commitment on my part. I think I said: I think I could do that.

Over the next couple of months, we did a couple of preparation runs. We started out at a 6 or 7 miler. Our last run together was 10 miles. That was two weeks before the half marathon.

I was cautious. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to accomplish the whole distance.