The title, Fairness Is Overrated, grabbed me. It is actually the 38th of 52 short (3- to 4-page) chapters. In chapter 38, Stevens reminds the leader not to confuse fairness with justice. Some of the other catchy chapter titles include "Go Dark," "Stay Home from Church," "Get Naked," "Develop Rumble Strips" and "A Resume Is Worthless." This book almost reads like a leadership devotional. The author suggests going through this book with a leadership team, but gives the reader permission to skip chapters that seem contextually irrelevant. Some of the chapters open with the caveat that this chapter is not for those in church leadership. Each chapter closes with a few “think about it” questions, as well as bullet items for practical application. The 52 chapters are divided into four larger categories including Be a Leader Worth Following, Find the Right People, Build a Healthy Culture, and Leading Confidently Through Crisis. I disagreed with the author’s distaste for job descriptions in chapter 20. Assessment is nearly impossible without metrics for evaluation. There are wonderful questions suggested for anyone who is walking through the interview process in chapter 33, and understanding the five stages of failure discussed in chapter 52 is critically important for any leader. As I read through these basic principles of leadership, I found myself tempted to shrug them off as too elementary. However, I also was challenged by the application question: Do I actually practice the principle?

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