THE LEADERSHIP SECRETS OF BILLY GRAHAM by Harold Myra and Marshall Shelley is about leadership. This review was written by Hank Griffith of South Suburban Evangelical Free Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota. This book is good for those wanting to learn about leadership.
Numerous books have been written on leadership over the last several decades. In one sense Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham adds very little new to the discussion. The book reveals no “secrets” as the title denotes. Nonetheless, this is a fascinating book because it illustrates good leadership principles from one of the men that many of us older evangelicals respect the most, Dr. Billy Graham. It was written by Harold Myra and Marshall Shelley, former executives of Christianity Today International. Their method was to interview many who were close to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, to study what was written by Billy Graham and his associates, and to read widely in the field of leadership.
Of course, we think of Billy Graham primarily as an evangelist, not as the CEO of a large organization. However, this book shows us that Billy Graham really was an effective leader with an amazing team around him. In their research the authors discovered twenty-one leadership principles modeled by Graham and his team. Below is a brief description of each one. Whether your leadership is in a church, a Christian organization, a secular company, or just your home, hopefully what I’ve written will motivate you to read this helpful book.