Below are a number of lists of recommended books on various topics related to followership. Linked titles take you to my written review on Goodreads. I’ll continue to add new categories and entries as I make my way through the stacks of books on my to-read shelf. Are there other sources that you would endorse? Other categories that you’d like recommendations for—team building? Cross-cultural issues? Personal development? Comment below and share!

Followership  Leadership  Enneagram


Having read a great deal on this topic, I’ll just list the top resources that have so far been most influential to me:

The Power of Followership, by Robert Kelley

Follower First, by Rusty Ricketson

The Courageous Follower, by Ira Chaleff

For more, see the list on the Resources page, as well as the bibliography of specifically Christian works found in Embracing Followership: A Discussion Guide for Teams & Small Groups and the full list of sources from Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture. I have a followership shelf on Goodreads which lists many of the books I’ve read on the topic. There is also a good list in the followership entry on Wikipedia.


There are so many books on leadership in the market; a number of the titles below have been most influential to me, and are suitable for a specifically Christian audience.

Leadership Jazz, by Max DePree

Growing Leaders, by James Lawrence

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, by Ruth Haley Barton

Relational Leadership, by Walter Wright


Enneagram books vary widely in terms of content and presentation. I have divided this list into subcategories to highlight various strengths of different books. Some of them certainly could fit in more than one of these categories.


The Enneagram Spectrum of Personality Styles, by Jerome Wagner

Mirror for the Soul, by Alice Fryling

Type Descriptions

Personality Types, by Riso & Hudson

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, by Richard Rohr

Understanding the Enneagram, by Riso & Hudson


The Enneagram in Love & Work, by Helen Palmer

Wisdom of the Enneagram, by Riso & Hudson


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