When I started seeing pastors name Jim Collins’ Good to Great as a book that influenced their ministry, I discounted what they said. After all, Collins’ book looks at how good companies become great. How could business principles help the church?
Well, I read Good to Great over Christmas break, and I must confess: "It’s really intriguing."
Collins is a good writer and a terrific reader. As I drove to my parents house in Kansas, I listened to the book on CDs — 10 hours worth.
One of the most interesting insights is that great leaders in companies — Level 5 Executives, according to Collins — are not normally flashy charismatic types. Rather they are people who build enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will.
If you’ve come across Good to Great and wondered about it, I’d recommend it.