I’ve Got Your Back – A Leadership Parable by James C. Galvin

I've Got Your Back

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I’ve Got Your Back – Book Review

Did you know that approximately every eight hours, Amazon releases a new book on leadership? That probably explains why so many of the books you read on the subject sound so much alike! When was the last time you read a book on leadership that truly taught you something new?

Thank goodness James C. Galvin reached the same conclusion before he released I’ve Got Your Back – A Leadership Parable! As a result, James has written an informative book that truly offers fresh insights into an age-old topic!

In the Introduction, James shares that ten years ago, he completed his first draft of I’ve Got Your Back and showed it to his peers. They loved it – and urged him to publish it in its original textbook-style form! He then showed the manuscript to a few younger readers –and they essentially yawned. At that point, he made a crucial decision. James decided to tear up his original manuscript and start the book from scratch! James was determined to find a way to convey his ideas while engaging the leaders of tomorrow. It took him ten years to rewrite the book, but the new and improved version of I’ve Got Your Back was definitely worth the wait!

I’ve Got Your Back – A Leadership Parable – is subtitled Biblical Principles For Leading And Following Well. James teaches the novel concept that leading and following are two sides of the same coin. To be an effective leader, you must first be a good follower.

I’ve Got Your Back is divided into two sections. You can read the sections in whatever order that appeals to you the most!

  • Section One tells the fictional story of a group of twenty-year olds who are finding their way in the world and the workplace. In the process, they encounter all sorts of problems stemming from issues related to their bosses and the authority figures in their lives. They gather weekly to study the Bible to see what it teaches about leadership and following. The answers they find regarding everyday situations may surprise you as you read their engaging and enlightening story!
  • Section Two develops a concise theology of leadership in a more traditional prose format. First, James establishes that leadership is a God-given – not a man-made – construct. Then, James shows us how leadership looked when the world was perfect; after the fall; through Christ’s redemption; today (skewed by sin) and in the future (in heaven). The remainder of this section delves into all aspects of followership, including the five levels of following.

I’ve Got Your Back isn’t just written for those in, or aspiring to, positions of leadership. It’s written for everyone. No matter what our station is in life – no matter whether we work or hold a specific position or job title – we all interact with others, and we are all accountable to someone. Therefore, we all need to know how to work well with others – and, we all need to know how to follow.

This book is great for individual reading, but it’s also perfect for bible studies, book clubs, and small group discussions. At the end of the book are study questions – divided into eight sections – that will further engage you with the material addressed in this book.

I highly recommend this book!

For More Information:

If you enjoyed this book, you may also be interested in the NIV Leadership Bible.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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4 Responses to “I’ve Got Your Back – A Leadership Parable by James C. Galvin”

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  1. I have rewritten your statement ” To be an effective leader, you must first be a good follower” to my diary. The thought as disciplines as inspire -teaches the listening. Thank you.

    • Create With Joy
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      So glad to see you, Tomas – and so glad you found that thought inspirational!
      I found it thought-provoking too.
      I hope you are having a wonderfully creative summer! 🙂

  2. I do declare you and I travel the web in the same order. Now we’re also doing the same book reviews. 🙂 I always seem to see your blog name ahead of me on the blog hops that I enter. I also reviewed this book as well. I totally enjoyed this particular book.

    I promise I’m not stalking you, but we must have the same mind set. We really should talk more. 🙂

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