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Leading Change in the Marketplace: My Bibliography

A Bibliography by Rodney D. Swope

Leading Change in the Marketplace-

Over the past two decades I have endeavored to be a student of leadership and progressive change in life and especially in the marketplace. I discovered Servant Leadership as the best time-tested approach to adding lasting value to people and the world. Whether in the boardroom, classroom, or behind the pulpit, the technology of leading people and strategic stewardship of resources is the primordial and definitive essence of success in the marketplace.


I have watched the boundaries between ministry and management, faith and finances, the corporate body of Christ and corporations become increasingly blurred. The world has begun to recognize that a biblical view of the marketplace can lead to success. Churches are also finding that reapplying some of what works well in corporations can make a difference in affecting congregational change. There is wisdom in the Biblical Word, and in the writings of inspired writers assigned to enlighten and renew of minds.


The following bibliography is arranged in three parts. The first and most extensive lists great books on understanding yourself, others and leadership. The next part contains books on change management and strategy. The final part has a few works that more directly address issues in the faith community, especially the recognition of the charge for believers to serve the Kingdom in the marketplace.

These books have helped to shape my life and world. They are a part of my life that I am giving away to make in difference in the lives of others.

Knowing yourself and Leading others

Blackaby, H., & Blackaby, R. (2011). Spiritual Leadership Moving People on to God’s Agenda (Revised & Expanded ed.). Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Publishing Group.

Blanchard, K., & Miller, M. (2009). The Secret What Great Leaders Know and Do(2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.

Bolton, R., & Bolton, D. G. (2009). People Styles at Work and Beyond (2nd ed.). New York, NY: AMACOM.

Bossidy, L., & Charan, R. (2002). Execution the Discipline of Getting Things Done. New York, NY: Crown Business.

Bradberry, T., & Greaves, J. (2005). The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book Everything You Need To Know To Put Your EQ To Work. New York, NY: Fireside.

Buckingham, M. (2007). Go Put Your Strengths To Work. New York, NY: Free Press.

Buckingham, M., & Clifton, D. O. (2001). Now, Discover your Strengths. New York, NY: The Free Press.

Cole, E. L. (2003). Courage Winning Life’s Toughest Battles (4th ed.). Southlake, TX: Watercolor Books.

Gibbs, J., & Jenkins, J. B. (2009). Game Plan for Life Your Personal Playbook for Success. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

Covey, S. R. (1989). The 7 habits of Highly Effective People Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.

Covey, S. R., Merrill, A. R., & Merrill, R. R. (1994). First Things First. New York, NY: Fireside.

Keller, P. (1996). A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Jones, L. B. (1995). Jesus CEO Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership. New York, NY: Hyperion.

Gracian, B. (1996). A Pocket Mirror for Heroes. New York, NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell.

Leman, K., & Pentak, W. (2004).

The Way of the Shepherd 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Lundin, S. C., Paul, H., & Christensen, J. (2000). Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results. New York, NY: Hyperion.

Mandino, O. (1984). The Choice. New York, NY: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1985). The Greatest Salesman in the World. Hollywood, FL: Frederick Fell.

Mandino, O. (1997). The Greatest Mystery in the World. New York, NY: Ballantine.

Maxwell, J. C. (1998). The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Follow Them and People Will Follow You. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Maxwell, J. C. (1999). The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Maxwell, J. C. (2002). Leadership 101 What Every Leader Needs To Know. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Maxwell, J. C. (2004). Today Matters 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success. New York, NY: Time Warner Book Group.

Maxwell, J. C., & Dornan, J. (1997). Becoming a Person of Influence. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

McCormack, M. H. (1984). What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School. New York, NY: Bantam Books.

Munroe, M. (2007). Releasing Your Potential Exposing the Hidden You (Expanded ed.). Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image.

Murdock, M. (2007). The Leadership Secrets of Jesus. Ft. Worth, Texas: The Wisdom Center.

Nichols, M. P. (2009). The Lost Art of Listening How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships (2nd ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Oakley, E., & Krug, D. (1994). Enlightened Leadership Getting to the Heart of Change (First Fireside ed.). []. Retrieved from

O’Toole, J. (1999). Leadership A to Z A Guide for the Appropriately Ambitious(first ed.). San Francisco, California: James O’Toole and Jossey-Bass.

Ping, D., & Clippard, A. (2005). Quick-to-Listen Leaders Where Life-Changing Ministry Begins. Loveland, CO: Group.

Sanders, J. O. (1994). Spiritual Leadership Principles of Excellence for Every Believer (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: Moody Press.

Steward, D. L., & Shook, R. L. (2004). Doing Business By The Good Book 52 Lessons on Success Straight from the Bible (1st ed.). New York, NY: Hyperion.

Tannen, D. (2001). You Just Don’t Understand Women and Men In Conversation. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Tichy, N. M., & Cohen, E. B. (1997). The Leadership Engine. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Wilkes, C. G. (1998). Jesus on Leadership Discovering the secrets of servant leadership from the life of Christ. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

Change Management & Strategy

Axelrod, R. (1984). The Evolution of Cooperation. New York, NY: Basic Books.


Berry, T. (2003). Hurdle The Book on Business Planning. Eugene, OR: Palo Alto Software.


Block, P. (2011). Flawless Consulting A Guide To Getting Your Expertise Used (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.


Collins, J. (2001). Good To Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don’t. New York, NY: HarperCollins.


Collins, J. C., & Lazier, W. C. (1992). Beyond Entrepreneurship Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall.


Collins, J., & Porras, J. I. (1997). Built To Last Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. NY: HarperCollins.


Fine, C. H. (1998). Clock Speed Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage. New York, NY: HarperCollins.


Fisher, R., Ury, W., & Patton, B. (1991). Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Penguin Books.


Gerber, M. E. (2001). The E-Myth Revisited Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. New York, NY: HarperCollins.


Gilson, C., Pratt, M., Roberts, K., & Weymes, E. (2002). Peak Performance. New York, NY: Texere.


Goldratt, E. M., & Cox, J. (2004). The Goal A Process of Ongoing Improvement (3rd ed.). Great Barrington, MA: The North River Press.


Greaver, II, M. F. (1999). Strategic Outsourcing a Structured Approach to Outsourcing Decisions and Initiatives. New York, NY: AMACOM.


Hammer, M., & Champy, J. (1993). Reengineering the Corporation A Manifesto for Business Revolution (1st ed.). New York, NY: Harper Business.


Herrington, J., Bonem, M., & Furr, J. H. (2000). Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Slywotzky, A. J., Morrison, D. J., & Andelman, B. (2002). The Profit Zone How Strategic Business Design Will Lead You to Tomorrow’s Profits. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.


Kim, W. C., & Mauborgne, R. (2005). Blue Ocean Strategy How To Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School.

Marketplace Ministry

Kiyosaki, R. T. (1998). Rich Dad Poor Dad What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! (Warner Books ed.). New York, NY: Warner Books.


Marshall, R. (2000). God @ Work Discovering the Anointing for Business. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image.


Silbiger, S. (2002). The Jewish Phenomenon 7 Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People (Revised ed.). Lanham, MD: Longstreet Press.


Silvoso, E. (2006). Anointed for Business How to Use Your Influence in the Marketplace to Change the World (2nd ed.). Ventura, CA: Regal.


Varner, K. (1998). Corporate Anointing Christ: Manifest in the Fullness of His Body. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image.


Warren, R. (1995). The Purpose Driven Church Growth without Compromising Your Message & Mission. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Special Thanks to Christina Fink for compiling these titles