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“If you don’t change the direction you are going, then you’re likely to end up where you’re heading…”

Just like we need to train our bodies to get stronger, we also need to train our leadership to grow stronger. As TFI Advocates, you are leaders. Check out these resources to train yourself in leadership, so that we can continue to help people support the foster care community as best as we can!

Bible reading plans are a great way to grow closer to God while developing your leadership skills. Consider doing a reading plan together as a TFI team!

Profiles in Leadership

John Maxwell  |  7 Days

This reading plan features 7 profiles of biblical leaders from the 3rd Edition of the Maxwell Leadership Bible (NIV). Dr. John C. Maxwell uses his decades of leadership study to shed light on key leadership lessons from the lives of Moses, Joshua, Deborah, Abigail, Elisha, Mary, and Jesus.

Servant Leadership

Theology of Work Project  |  5 Days

What does servant leadership look like at work? This 5-day devotional includes real-life examples from servant leaders at work, as well as reflection questions, scripture and prayer to help you improve your leadership.

Biblical Leadership Bootcamp

John Maxwell  |  7 Days

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a slump? Are you feeling burnt out as a leader? This 7-day leadership plan with excerpts from John C. Maxwell will help you hit the reset button on being a Godly leader. Reset your heart and refocus on being the best leader you can be through Christ.

Leadership Personal Development

Leadership Bible  |  14 Days

Learn from both ancient and contemporary experts in leadership! This 14-day reading plan follows the “Personal Development” track in the NIV Leadership Bible with each day’s reading focusing on a different aspect of leadership development illuminated by its basis in God’s Word. Topics include character, risk taking, dependence on God, humility, integrity, priorities, vision, values, and more.

Six Steps To Your Best Leadership

Craig Groeschel  |  7 Days

Ready to grow as a leader? Craig Groeschel unpacks six biblical steps anyone can take to become a better leader. Discover a discipline to start, courage to stop, a person to empower, a system to create, a relationship to initiate, and the risk you need to take.

Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast


The Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast offers personal, practical coaching lessons that take the mystery out of leadership. In each episode of the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast, Craig brings you empowering insights and easy-to-understand takeaways you can use to lead yourself and lead your team. You’ll learn effective ways to grow as a leader, optimize your time, develop your team, and structure your organization.

The EntreLeadership Podcast

Ramsey Solutions

Hosted by Alex Judd, the EntreLeadership Podcast features lively discussions and tips on leadership and business by some of the top minds in the business, like Mark Cuban, Seth Godin, Jim Collins and Simon Sinek.

Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

Andy Stanley

Welcome to the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast, a conversation designed to help leaders go further, faster. Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia.

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before

Carey Nieuwhof

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast is a podcast all about leadership, change and personal growth. The goal? To help you lead like never before—in your church or in your business. The podcast features a mix of well-known and everyday leaders whose insights bring tremendous value to your development as a leader.

At The Table with Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni

Real conversations and practical advice for everyday leaders. Sit across the table from one of the foremost experts in leadership and business. In his simple and approachable style, Pat tackles every topic related to the world of work (and some that aren’t). From culture to teamwork to building world-class organizations, Pat brings his wisdom, humor, and insight together to provide actionable advice for leaders everywhere.

The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast

John Maxwell

The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast is a regular examination of what it means to be a transformational leader—someone who daily influences people to think, speak, and act to make a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others. This podcast will teach you the principles, practices, and process of becoming a transformational leader because leadership isn’t an event—it’s an uphill journey. Every week we will offer a free tool to help you on this journey, so let leadership authority Dr. John C. Maxwell show you the way.

Justice & the Inner Life Podcast

Christian Alliance for Orphans

Discover the habits and disciplines of a spiritual life that keep us steadfast and vibrant in the long, hard work of justice and mercy.

Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches

Peter Greer & Chris Horst

In Mission Drift, Chris Horst, Anna Haggard, and Peter provide the tools leaders need to keep their organizations “mission true” or get back on track. Supported by research and filled with compelling anecdotes, Mission Drift identifies organizations that exhibit intentional, long-term commitment to Christ in contrast to those that have wandered away from their core beliefs. Discover what you can do to prevent drift or get back on track and how to protect what matters most.

Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace

John C. Maxwell

In Leadershift, John C. Maxwell helps leaders gain the ability and willingness to make leadership changes that will positively enhance their organizational and personal growth. He does this by sharing the eleven shifts he made over the course of his long and successful leadership career. Each shift changed his trajectory and set him up for new and exciting achievements, ultimately strengthening and sustaining his leadership abilities and making him the admired leadership expert he is today.

Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know

John C. Maxwell

Here the consummate leader offers a succinct and inspiring framework for enhancing the leadership abilities you already possess. Learn how to:

  • Follow your vision and bring others with you
  • Produce a lasting legacy
  • Grow the loyalty of your followers
  • Increase your ability to influence others
  • Determine your leadership “lid”
  • And more!

One of the keys to successful leadership is applying the concepts that have made other leaders strong. Here’s your opportunity to do just that.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek

Start With Why shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you:

  • Six ways to make people like you
  • Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking
  • Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

And much more! Achieve your maximum potential—a must-read for the twenty-first century with more than 15 million copies sold!

Serving Without Sinking

John Hindley

Many of us are serving, and feel like we’re sinking. We feel joyless, weary and burdened. John Hindley shows how Jesus was telling the truth when He offered people an “easy yoke” a way of serving Him that is joyful and liberating. He explains why serving is so often joyless and how our identity in Christ changes everything.

If you are serving, but sometimes feel as though you’re sinking… you need this book! If you know someone who has burn out, or is heading in that direction…they need this book too.

Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong

Kristen Hadeed

Permission to Screw Up dismisses the idea that leaders and orga­nizations should try to be perfect. It encourages people of all ages to go for it and learn to lead by acting, rather than waiting or thinking. Through a brutally honest and often hilarious account of her own strug­gles, Kristen encourages us to embrace our failures and proves that we’ll be better leaders when we do.

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

Patrick Lencioni

There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides.

Learning to Lead Like Jesus: 11 Principles to Help You Serve, Inspire, and Equip Others

Boyd Bailey

Join Boyd Bailey as he shows you how to mirror Jesus’s heart and make a positive difference in those around you. Explore 11 common traits that mark successful leaders, and learn the keys to growth in wisdom and humility. Through practical teaching, you will find that great leadership begins when you turn your focus to God and model Him in your attitude, conversations, and actions.

An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence

Alan Fadling

What does grace-paced leadership look like? Spiritual mentor. Pastor. Executive director. Parent. Professor. Spouse. We have many roles and relationships. And in the midst of all we do, we’re tempted to frantically take control of situations in hopes of making good things happen. Alan Fadling, author of An Unhurried Life, writes: “That kind of unholy hurry may make me look busy, but too often it keeps me from actually being fruitful in the ways Jesus wants me to be. Jesus modeled grace-paced leadership. To learn that we begin not with leading, but with following.” In these pages Alan Fadling unfolds what it means for leaders to let Jesus set the pace. Through biblical illustrations, personal examples, and on-the-ground leadership wisdom, this book will guide you into a new view of kingdom leadership. Along the way you just might find that the whole of your life has been transformed into a more livable and more fruitful pace.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Patrick Lencioni

Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech’s CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni’s utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.

Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

Rooting for Rivals: How Collaboration and Generosity Increase the Impact of Leaders, Charities, and Churches

Peter Greer & Chris Horst

Rooting for Rivals reveals how your ministry can multiply its impact by cooperating, rather than competing. Peter Greer and Chris Horst explore case studies illustrating the power of collaborative ministry. They also vulnerably share their own failures and successes in pursuing a kingdom mind-set. Discover the power of openhanded leadership to make a greater impact on the world.