I encourage you to get this outstanding book. It has just come out. Lynn Anderson’s They Smell Like Sheep — Volume 2 (Leading with the Heart of a Shepherd). This book is not just for church leaders but is for anyone who would like to learn what it means to have the heart of a shepherd. The book has lots of moving stories, great instruction, and is very motivating. I read one chapter this morning and put the book down. I then began to pray about my own heart.
Here is a brief sample of the book:
Especially in this way, spiritual leadership differs from all other kinds of leadership. Contrast spiritual leadership with, say, leadership in the practice of medicine. A medical doctor may take years to learn the principles of healthy living: balanced diet, proper exercise, and ample rest, and thus become equipped to train students how to lead a sick person to health — even if the doctor practices none of the healthy disciplines himself and, indeed, possibly even while the doctor grows sicker and sicker. Not so with spiritual leadership, however! Especially in our skeptical, postmodern world.
God-hungry persons are not saying, "Tell me your answers!" But they are urging, "Share your life with me. Let me see it. Are you a person of integrity, of real character? Is your faith ‘working’ for you? Is the church you lead an authentic community?" God-hungry people want to know the hearts of their shepherds.
Anderson, They Smell Like Sheep — Volume 2, p. 9