Review of I’ve Got Your Back: A Leadership Parable by James C. Galvin

Are you a victim of followership abuse? Many people who try to follow the teachings of the Bible to “obey your leaders, and accept their authority” end up being taken advantage of and treated with disrespect. Why is that? Is it God’s will for us to fall under the tyranny of poor leadership? James C. Galvin addresses this very issue in his book, I’ve Got Your Back, where he explains that, contrary to what we all have been taught,  mindless submission is not good followership, because it doesn’t strengthen those in authority or enable them to become better leaders.

This book is broken into two sections, first the fictional story of a group of friends in their twenties who are trying to learn how to be good leaders and followers in their lives while dealing with bad bosses. The second section is titled “A Concise Theology of Leadership and Followership”, which uses Biblical principles and insight to enable you to become a better leader as well as a better follower.

Written for a younger generation, this book makes leadership issues clear and easy to understand through the stories of it’s fictional characters as they try to learn how to become good leaders- as well as followers. Using stories to teach lessons in a way that is relevant to people is brilliant and makes it easy to remember, and why not? After all, didn’t Jesus teach in parables?

As the book points out, good leadership and good followership go hand-in-hand. How else can a leader know what is needed from them if he or she hasn’t first learned to be a good follower? Or how can a person be a supportive follower if they don’t understand the needs of a good leader? I’ve Got Your Back is the perfect book for anyone who wants to learn how to become a strong, assertive team player, whether in your career, personal relationships, or even your relationship with God.

Rating: 5 stars


Recommended for: Anyone who is looking to better their relationships with other people, from bosses and those in authority, to friends, family members and even their relationship with God.


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