Leadership by Inheritance: A Review of Leading Things You Didn’t Start by Tyler Reagin

If you have been a leader for very long, chances are that you have stepped into leadership over something you inherited. Whether it be the system in the new department or the new company that you have been hired into, we all have found ourselves in moments when we were the new guy or girl in a system, culture, and organization that is already in motion.

When we step into these moments as leaders, we find ourselves trying to listen to those around us, learn the system of the new organization, meet new people and begin building relationships with them, and seeking to lead the change that we were brought into bring. Since this list is merely a sampling of the challenges that a new leader faces, it is clear that moments like these are times when guidance, help, and wisdom are greatly needed.

In Leading Things You Didn’t Start, Tyler Reagin presents a book that speaks to leaders in those moments. With the wisdom of navigating leadership transition himself and consulting leaders and organizations through change, Reagin is able to write a very practical and personal book that serves as a helpful resource.

Leading Things You Didn’t Start begins by exploring the importance of pursuing the fruits of the Spirit as a leader. It is by the Holy Spirit’s work in and through us that we are able to faithfully lead. From a place of Spirit-filled leadership, we can seek to faithfully approach leading people in a new organization and into a new season.

Reagin then moves to understanding, respecting, and honoring the past. We must be faithful to recognize the impact and influence of those who came before us to be faithful to God’s work in the organization in the past. Once we acknowledge the past, we must faithfully evaluate where the organization is so that we can explore the path of leadership that lies before us.

In the process of bringing organizational change, we must realize that change is a slow process that will take time, wisdom, and grace for others experiencing the process of change. Once we have the vision and direction and understand the timing required to lead change, we can begin to shift culture, cast vision, and model success for the organization moving forward.

Leading Things You Didn’t Start concludes with four helpful interviews of leaders in different industries sharing their own challenges of being the new leader in an organization. These personal stories are encouraging and challenging for the reader to step up and seek to faithfully lead.

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