Dr. Carson Pue is known as a leader of leaders, especially through the global Arrow Leadership program. His book, Mentoring Wisdom: Living and Leading Well, brings together the theoretical, spiritual, professional and personal elements of leadership, and helps the reader feel he has a readily available “armchair mentor.” Pue’s transparent musings on leadership are encouragingly realistic, benefiting the novice and seasoned leader.
Pue acknowledges that leadership is difficult, requiring wisdom, direction, inspiration, hope, vision casting and execution of the latter. Each two-page chapter consists of a theme, insights, Scripture and prayer. He seeks to hearten and ground the Christian leader by exploring 59 themes, such as Leadership: A Way of Life, Cultivating Vision, The Beauty of Solitude and The Knack of Inspiring People.
Pue asks fundamental questions about the facts and techniques of leadership. He then responds in original ways, posing questions such as, “Do you complete a small task or teach someone else?” “What time do you have this week to invest in relationships?” “What have you been weaving into your life?” The questions engage readers to become self-learners and provide ideas for improving their leadership abilities. “Leadership is not a role, but a way of living that permeates everything we do and are,” says Pue.
Every Christian leader would benefit from regularly saying Pue’s prayer: “Lord, protect me from everything that is damaging to the holiness and purity of my relationship and service to you. I want to be real with you and those I serve.” This book could be used for personal reflection and in team settings. Reading it through brought insights from the Lord for which I am most humbled and grateful.