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OLT Reading Assignments

Updated 1/25/13

Organizational leaders are asked to read books from selected lists, one book from the current Spiritual Manhood list and another from the current Servant Leadership list, for each level of training. You are also required to read one of the books on the approved list on the subject of personal grooming. In the event any of these books are available in audio format, listening to them carefully is acceptable. Books read to satisfy educational requirements may not be counted here. Reading assignments must be completed within three years (prior) of submitting your application for the Bronze level. A key characteristic of a “growing leader” is reading; so for this reason, you are asked to read new books or reread previous books to get the greatest impact on your leadership growth and development. Keep reading!

Total number of books completed from the reading list when submitting applications for the level:

  • BRONZE - read 3 books total
  • SILVER - read 2 additional books (for a total of 5)
  • GOLD - read 2 additional books (for at total of 7)
  • PLATINUM - read 2 additional books (for a total of 9)

Approved Reading Titles

As of January 1, 2011 the following books are approved to meet reading requirements:

Manhood Category

  • Maximized Manhood by Dr. Edwin Louis Cole
  • Manhood 101 by Dr. Edwin Louis Cole
  • Teaching Your Children the Truth About Sex by Dr. Jim Dobbins
  • Raising a Modern Day Knight by Robert Lewis
  • Wild at Heart by John Eldridge
  • Fathered by God by John Eldridge
  • Epic by John Eldridge
  • Do Hard Things by Alex and Bret Harris
  • The Pursuit of God by Alden Wilson Tozer
  • Living in the Spirit by George O. Wood
  • A Guy's Journey to Manhood by Doug Marsh

Leadership Category

  • Habitudes (books 1-4 must all be read) by Dr. Tim Elmore
  • Generation iY by Tim Elmore
  • Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
  • Developing the Leader Within You by John Maxwell
  • Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  • Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni
  • Personality Plus by Florence Littauer
  • Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Don Clifton
  • Leading at a Higher Level by Ken Blanchard
  • Church Marketing 101 by Richard L. Reising
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins
  • Leadership Divided by Ron Carucci
  • Strategy for Leadership by Edward R. Dayton & Ted W. Engstrom
  • Powerful Conversations by Phil Harkins
  • Leading Change by John P Kotter
  • The Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy
  • Team Leadership in Christian Ministry by Kenneth P. Gangel
  • The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Required Reading (1 of the following)

  • Dress for Success by John T Molloy
  • Top to Toe by Tony Glenville
  • Good Girls don't have to Dress Bad by Shari Braendel (Option for women RR leaders)


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