Many people don’t think of Billy Graham in connection with leadership. Yet the truth is that behind the scenes Dr. Graham has personified what Jim Collins in his bestseller Good to Great calls a Level 5 leader – a paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will to advance the cause of Christ’s kingdom. Graham’s fingerprints are on many of the key Christian institutions such as his founding of the media presence of Christianity Today, the National Association of Evangelicals, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with all of its media arms, as well as global coalitions such as the Lausanne and Amsterdam conferences.
The book takes us behind the scenes singling out twenty key principles of leadership, with character traits, and illustrates them with stories and examples from the life of Billy Graham. Rather than being a chronological biography, the book is an insightful story-driven analysis of the leadership of perhaps the world’s best-known religious leader who has been on Gallop’s top ten most-admired-men list thirty-nine times – more than any other individual. At the turn of the century Dr. Graham was named one of Time’s top ten leaders of the century. The book includes transferable applications providing readers with take-home value whether they are involved in leadership in a church, parachurch, business, or educational setting.
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