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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.