Leading With A Limp

Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness

Christian - Living
224 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Leading is never easy--whether it is in business, family, or church.  Leading can be a thankless job, and the chances are someone is going to angry with you and might even hate you.  “It is through leading that I’ve known the greatest need for a deep, personal, and abiding relationship with Jesus.”  

To be an effective leader we must face our weaknesses and not hide them.  Allowing our weakness to show will bring respect among those you lead.  Acknowledging our weaknesses allows us to utilize the gifts/tools God has given us.  We can learn to allow others to use their talents by delegating and working closely with others.  God uses the most unlikely.  The best leaders seem to be the ones that flee from the call to leadership and then submit to God’s will by returning to follow the call.  For those are the leaders that are not after personal gain but are God-centered.  

Dan Allender points that God calls all followers to lead.  The capacity in which you lead will vary from another’s.  A mother leads her children.  A Pastor leads his congregation.  “Every leader must count the cost of leadership, and the cost includes six realities:  crisis, complexity, betrayal, loneliness, weariness, and glory.”  Serving God makes it all worth it.

Leading With A Limp by Dan B. Allender, PHD is written in simple, easy- to- understand terms.  He approaches leadership from a stance I had never heard before.  His ideas make sense.  This book came to me at just the right moment.  I was facing a leadership position that I knew would be very difficult.  With the information present in Leading With A Limp, I pray that I can be an effective leader and serve God.  I think all leaders ,whether in business, family or church, will benefit from Leading With A Limp.

J. Nolt

If you ever feel isolated and alone as a leader, this book is for you. If you ever wonder how you can lead in the midst of your many flaws as a person, then this book is for you.

Dan Allender does a fantastic job helping the reader become more comfortable with the weaknesses he/she has as a leader. Most leadership books are how-to...this is not. This is not simple steps to becoming more effective. This book is more of a gentle consolation. More than instruct you it sympathizes with you...and in the process, guides you. The takeaways are realizing other leaders are just as flawed as you. When you begin to realize this and lead in the midst of your weakness, not avoiding them, you become a more trustworthy leader.

Allender encourages us to stop avoiding the shortcomings we have, to face up to them, and to lead in the midst of them in a way that is courageously humble. A must read for all those in leadership who think if their weaknesses are exposed no one will follow (actually, it's quite the contrary).


This is such an honest, helpful book.

It is more accurate and truthful to the reality of leading than other's I've read, and I've read many. Dan's ideas are paradoxical in the best sense.

I bought it the other day on a whim in Barnes & Noble, after reading a bit of it standing up at a shelf. Today is Father's Day, and I enjoyed two hours reading it this afternoon, on "my day" when I can do pretty much anything I want. A gentle page turner. I'm smiling as I write this review.