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4.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 5 4.29 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Hybels Narrator: Larry Black Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9780310285410
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The best leaders not only lead well but also reflect on their leadership long enough and thoughtfully enough to articulate the philosophies that cause them to do so. Whether serving in the marketplace or in ministry, as executives or rank-and-file employees, as salaried staff or volunteer servants, good leaders can pinpoint the rationale for their actions and decisions with the ease of reciting their home address. In Axiom, author Bill Hybels divulges the God-given convictions that have dictated his leadership strategy for more than three decades as senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Oriented toward four key leadership categories:

1. Vision and strategy (“Promote Shameless Profitability,” “Take a Flyer”)
2. Teamwork and communication (“Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn’t for Hire,” “Disagree without Drawing Blood”)
3. Activity and assessment (“Develop a Mole System,” “Sweat the Small Stuff”)
4. Personal integrity (“Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up,” “Fight for Your Family”)

Axiom brokers accessible wisdom from one leader’s journey, as well as emboldens you to nail down the reasons why you lead like you lead.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/19/2014

    " Powerful leadership principles unleashed in a practical format. I will revisit this book often, and I may even memorize large chunks of it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oliver | 2/13/2014

    " Great leadership lessons, a book I pick up again and again for both work and church leadership "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry Morgan | 2/3/2014

    " Good book, but for me personally this one was hard to follow. I liked it, but not as much as some of Hybels other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Maples | 1/29/2014

    " As usual very insightful by Bill Hybels. I have an abriged version and wish I could have had the full version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth Hein | 1/29/2014

    " This is an excellent book, full of leadership proverbs and helpful insight. It's easy to pick up, as each chapter is only two to three pages long, but don't let that fool you. Each thought is presented in a punchy, to the point way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/21/2014

    " Read my review of Too Busy Not to Pray and you'll get the idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/20/2014

    " This book is a good compilation of management techniques. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Davenport | 1/19/2014

    " THE best book on the DETAILS of leadership in the church I have ever read! Great advice on the little things! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Hunger | 1/13/2014

    " One of the best leadership books I have ever read from one of the best church leaders in America. Bill Hybel's book Axiom is an easy read filled with anecdotes and powerful axioms for any leader. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/8/2014

    " The chapters contain wit and wisdom from Hybels years of experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/3/2014

    " Good snapshot of nearly 100 leadership axioms. I like Bill's leadership style; just peruse through this and dig in on the topics that are relevant to you. Keep it handy for future reference as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck Vollmer | 12/25/2013

    " Very fast paced read, good pick up and put down book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald Mingo | 12/14/2013

    " Any leader in any organization needs to read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 11/26/2013

    " MANY great insights for leaders, though I got a wee bit weary of Hybels's subtle self-promos. Still, he shares many learnings from his wide experience and proven track record. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 10/9/2013

    " A powerful and fast read about the essentials of church leadership. Each 1-3 page chapter is based around a simple axiom or short phrase from Hybel's experience as a pastor. Highly recommended for all Christian leaders, great book to begin discussion or to be read by a leadership team. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrel Bartell | 9/11/2013

    " good proverbs to read one a day, like a devotion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Robbins | 8/5/2013

    " Great advice. So glad I don't have to learn these the hard way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 7/9/2013

    " Very good leadership mottos from his experiences in church leadership - even used some of his mottos in my leadership capstone project. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger Miller | 5/3/2013

    " Bill has a real gift of leadership but I would not go to him as a spiritual advisor. Meaning he is right on with many of his proverbs, but he also embraces a worldy vision of leadership. The most helpful chapter was establishing a starting and finishing line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Stutzman | 11/29/2012

    " I am reading this book with the rest of the staff at Newpointe. We are meeting in groups to discuss it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny Stokes | 10/15/2012

    " This book will stay close to me through the years. While I read the book in a few long settings, I'll refer to this as a textbook often. Topics are easily grouped together for future reference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 6/29/2012

    " Must-read for church leaders, and recommended for others as well. Love the format. Each chapter is two pages. Great stuff to gnaw on! Bill's love of God and passion for the mission of the church are encouraging! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 3/3/2012

    " very good book on leadership. about 50% is directed towards church leadership, but this book is good for anyone who leads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/9/2012

    " Bill Hybels is one of the wisest and yet humble leaders not only in the church, but in general. This book contains all of his easy-to-digest nuggets of wisdom from years of serving as the lead pastor at mega church Willow Creek Church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Mikesell | 1/6/2012

    " One of the greatest books on leadership that exsists! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Goodwin | 9/4/2011

    " A great book on leadership. But don't plow through it. Put it in your bathroom and read no more than one "leadership proverb" a day. Let it sink in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chin Borja | 8/8/2011

    " a good book about leadership "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 6/4/2011

    " THE best book on the DETAILS of leadership in the church I have ever read! Great advice on the little things! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 4/14/2011

    " Very good leadership mottos from his experiences in church leadership - even used some of his mottos in my leadership capstone project. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrel | 4/10/2011

    " good proverbs to read one a day, like a devotion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 2/1/2011

    " Any leader in any organization needs to read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 7/20/2010

    " Read my review of Too Busy Not to Pray and you'll get the idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby | 5/28/2010

    " Leadership lesson jewels from Bill Hybels. It's worth the purchase just to read about his "Six by Six Execution" chapter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 3/6/2010

    " I am reading this book with the rest of the staff at Newpointe. We are meeting in groups to discuss it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 1/20/2010

    " One of the best books I read in 2009. Easy read, tons of leadership ideas/thoughts to chew on... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 1/1/2010

    " MANY great insights for leaders, though I got a wee bit weary of Hybels's subtle self-promos. Still, he shares many learnings from his wide experience and proven track record. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 12/30/2009

    " Powerful leadership principles unleashed in a practical format. I will revisit this book often, and I may even memorize large chunks of it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 9/30/2009

    " A powerful and fast read about the essentials of church leadership. Each 1-3 page chapter is based around a simple axiom or short phrase from Hybel's experience as a pastor. Highly recommended for all Christian leaders, great book to begin discussion or to be read by a leadership team. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 6/12/2009

    " This book is a good compilation of management techniques. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 3/24/2009

    " A great book on leadership. But don't plow through it. Put it in your bathroom and read no more than one "leadership proverb" a day. Let it sink in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 3/24/2009

    " This is an excellent book, full of leadership proverbs and helpful insight. It's easy to pick up, as each chapter is only two to three pages long, but don't let that fool you. Each thought is presented in a punchy, to the point way. "

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About the Author
Author Bill Hybels

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Willow Creek’s pioneering ministries have made it one of the most attended churches in North America with an outreach that extends worldwide. Hybels has authored more than 20 books, including Fit to Be TiedRediscovering Church (with his wife Lynne), Too Busy Not to Pray, Courageous Leadership, Just Walk Across the Room, and Holy Discontent