A Review of EntreLeadership, a New Book by Dave Ramsey

I first met Dave Ramsey in the early 1990s. At the time, he was the co-host of a local radio show called, The Money Game. He had also self-published a book called Financial Peace, which was later picked up by Viking and became a New York Times bestseller.

I had the privilege of working with Dave on the launch of his book, The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness. It become a mega-bestseller, selling over four million copies since it first came out in 2003. In fact, month after month, it is still one of Thomas Nelson’s top ten bestsellers. It is the first book that I recommend to couple’s wanting to get control of their finances and improve their marriage.

Today, Dave is the host of his own nationally-syndicated radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show, which is heard by 4.5 million listeners each week, on more than five hundred radio stations throughout the United States. In addition, his company is a veritable army of entrepreneurs. I have witnessed first-hand, how he has developed his leaders to become leaders of leaders.

That’s why I am particularly excited about his newest book, EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches. It is full of practical wisdom, battle-tested by a real leader who has built a dynamic company from the ground up.

What’s “EntreLeadership,” you ask? Dave defines it this way: “[It is] the process of leading to cause a venture to grow and prosper.” He says that he arrived at this term because,

… growing leaders was too refunded and calm for me, but growing entrepreneurs was too wild and chaotic for me. So I decided we needed to grow a combination of the two … and thus the EntreLeader was born.”

Here are three reasons why I think you should read this important book:

  1. It is like having Dave as your personal business coach. As the old saying goes, you can learn from your own mistakes or someone else’s. Dave graduated from the University of Hard Knocks. He knows first-hand what it’s like meet a weekly payroll, lose money on some ventures, and win big on others. In short, EntreLeadership is everything Dave has learned in twenty years of slugging it out on the business battlefield.
  2. It contains Dave’s practical, proven leadership advice. If you are looking for the next big leadership fad, this book is not for you. It’s not a book of clever theories or armchair speculation. Instead, EntreLeadership is Dave’s playbook—a collection of the strategies and tactics he has used for the last twenty years to create a powerful media empire.
  3. It covers everything you will likely face as a business leader. Dave covers such things as:
    • Living your dreams, visions, mission statements, and goals
    • Making the most of time management and organization
    • Making the hard decisions
    • Understanding the truth about great marketing
    • Hiring, firing, and personality styles
    • Practicing the art of selling by serving
    • Money, debt, and funding your future
    • Grasping the importance of great communication
    • Amplifying your success through recognition and inspiration
    • Dealing with contracts, vendors, and collections
    • Creating compensation plans that fire people up
    • Mastering the art of delegation

If you own a business, are thinking about starting a business, or just want to lead well in the business you’re in, this book is for you. I also think leaders in churches and non-profits would do well to read it, since Dave’s entire philosophy is build on a solid biblical foundation.

I gave away 100 copies of EntreLeadership. To qualify, my readers had to comment below. You can find the list of winners here.
Question: What do you think you can learn from Dave in this book? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • Fws_usa

    My husband and I are new business owners. We are learning from scratch. We need to know more and Ramsey’s point of view is always guided by God. We’ve learbed a lot from him for our personal life. Now it’s time to get him in our business as well.

  • Pete Hardesty

    I would like to read EntreLeadership because of Dave Ramsey’s story.  One of building an amazing organization from scratch, and making mistakes along the way.  He’s the yoda of finances, and I believe he has more wisdom to offer than just in the money arena.  I also work with college students–many of which are going into business so I’m fascinated with the idea of combining leaders and entrepreneurs.  Thanks for what you do Mike!  Can’t wait to hear you at Catalyst next week.

  • http://twitter.com/xsmokindan Dan Klocke

    I just got voted as the Chair for the Regional Leadership Council for the American Lung Association of the Midland States.  With this new role, I want to help lead the group to help the ALA meet their many goals.  I feel that the insights Dave Ramsey has to offer will assist me in leading the group to acheive stellar results. 

  • http://twitter.com/xsmokindan Dan Klocke

    I have recently been voted as the Chair of the Regional Leadership Council for the American Lung Association of the Midland States.  In this role, I plan to lead the group to find ways to support the ALA mission through Advocacy, Fundraising, and Awareness.  I feel that the insights that Dave Ramsey has to offer partnered with the years of leadership I have in the business world will guide me to be successful in my new role and lead the group to stellar results.

  • turner_bethany

    This book sounds like a great read, and one that would be helpful for anyone in any stage of life. Dave Ramsey knows what he is talking about. 

  • Robby Larson

    As a young professional who is laying the ground work for my career trajectory, Dave’s insights will be invaluable to establishing a firm foundation from which to grow. Based on my interaction with Dave’s other texts, I appreciate his no-nonsense approach to taking on a project or task. He is straightforward. His wisdom is applicable, and it is actionable.

    I am especially interested in the way that Dave shapes this concept into the broader picture of living on mission.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest, Michael!

  • http://mollymadonna.com Molly

    My employer is a young, female small business owner who opened her own physical therapy practice debt free–largely in part due to Dave’s wisdom and teaching about financial responsibility. She was a student of his EntreLeadership course a few years back, and is one of the strongest Ramsey advocates I know. I have watched his principles contribute to her success, and as a result, have been a student of his leadership as well. I’d love to read EntreLeadership to keep up with the latest of Dave’s teaching, as I know my boss will do the same. As her marketing director, it’s likely fitting that I apply the principles of this new book to our business and the direction we’re heading. I want to be on board with the leadership that’s in front of me, and to help lead the rest of our company in the same way! Thanks, Michael, for your review/summary of the book. It’s gained my interest quickly!

  • http://twitter.com/JasonPCC Jason Price

    Dave obviously knows what he is doing.  He has built a huge business and has learned to lead people well.  If his wisdom can set people free financially…as a pastor…I want to learn anything that might help me to set people free spiritually.  I would love a copy of this book.

  • Dthomas

    My wife & I can apply the knowledge we gain from he book to her photography business. I can then take what we learn & share it with the college & student small groups as we are challenging them to use their gifts to make a difference. To begin things that matter.

  • Nicole Thomas

    Hi Michael,I’m a pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mom of four. For several years now, we have been living paycheck to paycheck while simultaneously sinking deeper into debt. In 2008 I joined a network marketing company, and so began a journey of education. At first I just wanted to make a little extra money each month to help pay the bills. As time went on though, I realized (slowly), that I needed to develop some skills. I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on that might help me improve how I build relationships with people, learn how to set goals and manage my time, develop self discipline and become an influential communicator. I would love to learn from Dave how I can live my dream of being debt-free, financially independent and having a successful home business. Thanks for the opportunity to learn from Dave by giving away this book!

    Nicole Thomas

  • Brandmobilizer

    Loving Entreleadership! Real info, real action. Real good!

  • Stefan Hall

    As a missionary serving Africa, I need to continue to learn how to develop multiple streams of income and learn to navigate trans-cultural environments.

  • Mike Swaney

    Why did the chicken cross the road?  So he wouldn’t get run over by Dave’s big ol’ bus!!

    Thanks for this fantastic opportunity Michael – looking forward to the read!

  • Meghan Jones

    I want a copy of EntreLeadership because as a 23 year-old I have a passion to see our generation “get it” when it comes to leadership, business, and stewardship. I believe that Dave Ramsey is a voice not only to the Christian culture, but also the secular one – and that is an aspiration we all should have. I would love to read his latest book and continue to pass on his wealth of knowledge to our generation and generations to come!

  • Mike

    Can not wait to get my hands on this book. If it is anything like other Dave Ramsey books, it will provide great information for everyone no matter your role in any organization.

  • Serge Piguet

    There is not only a need in America, but in Switzerland too… I wish to receive this book to learn and motivate me to make the first step to create and stard my business.

  • Anonymous

    We love Dave! We are living overseas at the moment, so my husband is always streamlining in his radio show. I don’t want this book for me. I’d like it to give to my husband, who is just as Dave described, and EntreLeader. He quite his job of working as an overseas school principal to start a non-profit organization. He is also working on starting a small company on the side. He would love to have this book, I know! 
    Thanks Mr. Hyatt for your generosity!

  • Tom Farr (@farrtom)

    I’ve been in the midst of a difficult job change, and I’ve really wanted to read Dave’s new book to learn from his insights on how to financially support my wife and 3 children through entrepreneurship, as well as get to a financial position someday to help other people who are going through hard times.

  • Eduardo Petrecca

    I think that Dave experience and challenging speaking is priceless. I havent see in my country leaders like him in such a crusade against debt and in pro of the financial wellbeing of people. From Buenos Aires writing to you. God bless you.

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  • Sgtboz1

    I’m a big Dave fan…but surely he has enough sense to wear his seatbelt when he drives that ol’ car. :)

  • Larry Williams

    I went to Daves EntreLeadership One day Simulcast and have really took the information in and began to implement some of the principles into our youth ministry. I am a youth pastor from Texas and a great amount of our churches business men are reading this book. I am so excited to see what God does. Thanks for writing the post. God bless you and yours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1466200307 Jessica K. Sullivan

    I received my free copy of EntreLeadership in the mail, and I am loving it! Thank you Mr. Hyatt. I haven’t done a full review on the book yet, but the first chapter moved me, so I blogged about it:)
    http://photographybysullivan.blogspot.com/2011/10/i-won.html

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. Thank you, Jessica!

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  • Tony

    My wife and I discover Dave Ramsey’s plan several years ago.  It changed our lives and the lives of our family.  Dave is awesome.  Easy to follow a man of faith.

  • Bob Green

    I would like to learn new ways of doing business and put in place the old well sought out ways of doing business as a Christian business man.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      This book is a great start. Dave grounds his teachings in the scriptures (for the most part). The book is also incredibly practical. Not a lot of theory…

  • PinUpBOOtique

    I’ve been running my own business now for 37 years and have done quite well….now my kids want to work for me and i have to lay some ground rules down.  I need guidance and to grow the businss bigger and expand in to malls selling vintage inspired clothing and opening up a web site.  I also open up Halloween BOOtiques seasonally and I don’t always have control over the entire operation at every moment…need lots of guidance from some one who knows…  

  • Kamilah

    I would like to read Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership because as your sup-headings state -it coaches, contains, and covers. I believe Mr. Ramsey’s no non-sense, practical approach is a great foundation for any type of leadership. I could learn how to start a business from almost any book in the library but Mr. Ramsey’s ways are proven in the real world.

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  • Leola

    It was a great read.I believe this book will help me on my journey.He ia a great business coach for those of us that are kinda of stuck

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Heffel/1435038911 Joe Heffel

    I’m sorry, but I think Dave’s approach is just so much hogwash Christian gobbledygook. It’s overly simple, overly ideological and ultimately preachy. It’s hard to separate the advice from the ringing endorsements he constantly trades with the people whose hands are obviously in each other’s pockets as well as his own.