cover image COACHING YOUR KIDS TO BE LEADERS: The Keys to Unlocking Their Potential

COACHING YOUR KIDS TO BE LEADERS: The Keys to Unlocking Their Potential

Pat Williams, . . Warner Faith, $18.99 (304pp) ISBN 978-0-446-53349-2

Williams—senior v-p of the NBA's Orlando Magic, former general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, author (How to Be Like Mike ) and a motivational speaker—draws on the lessons he's learned as a Christian, a father (of 19 biological and adopted children) and a sports executive in this book on training and inspiring children to become future leaders. After interviewing more than 500 well-known leaders, including Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, leadership guru John Maxwell and Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, Williams concludes that effective leaders aren't born but made. He outlines seven steps to becoming an effective leader: "see a vision," "be a communicator," "build good people skills," "build good character," "build competence," "be bold" and "be a servant." Using Jesus as his model, Williams points out that the best leaders pursue their roles not for power but to serve. Not surprisingly, Williams claims that getting children involved in sports is the best way to begin teaching them leadership skills, but he also allows for other avenues, such as scouting and the arts. While Williams's core premise—that developing young leaders is a "top goal" for parents—is certainly arguable, readers who do place leadership high on their list of hopes for their children won't be disappointed by this amiable and instructive text. (Jan.)

Forecast: Williams is a big name in the Christian market, and targeted TV and radio interviews will lure in those readers. And the book's inclusion of celebrity leaders—many who aren't publicly affiliated with the Christian faith—expands the potential readership.