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Attitude 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know [Kindle Edition]

John Maxwell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Attitude can make or break you and the people you lead.

Good attitudes on a team do not guarantee its success, but bad attitudes guarantee its ruin. So says New York Times best-selling author and leadership expert John C. Maxwell in this highly practical primer, Attitude 101. Anyone who has tried to lead people with bad attitudes knows the frustration it can bring.

With this concise and reader-friendly guidebook, you can master attitude issues. Learn to:

  • Recognize how individuals' attitudes impact their performance
  • Pinpoint problem feelings, behaviors, and thinking in yourself and others
  • Identify six common attitude problems that undermine teamwork
  • Discover the secret to changing a bad attitude
  • Create new definititons of failure and success that will improve performance
  • Adopt the attitude that helps a leader keep going to the next level

Attitude is contagious!

You want to make sure your team is catching the right one!

Editorial Reviews Review

As stated in the preface to this concise primer, any weekday edition of The New York Times contains more information than the average person living in 17th-century England was exposed to in a lifetime. In acknowledgement of the modern world's information glut, leadership expert John C. Maxwell has produced Attitude 101, a 99-page companion volume to one of his previous bestsellers, Leadership 101. In this new book, Maxwell examines the importance of attitude in determining a leader's success or failure, the forces that shape a person's attitude, and the seven choices necessary if one is to change his or her attitude. Fans of Maxwell's earlier books will enjoy his pithy advice, and will no doubt look forward to the third and fourth volumes in this series (Relationships 101, Equipping 101), both available in 2004. --David Bombeck

From Publishers Weekly

It would be nice if this point-of-purchase inspirational tract by bestselling author Maxwell (The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership) could distill the motivational wisdom of a long career into a single, power-filled package, but instead, it siphons off a little draught as an enticing taste-test. The idea expounded here is simple enough: a good attitude, while not a guarantee of success, is crucial, whereas a bad attitude-which could include "failing to forgive," "petty jealousy" or "the disease of me"-will ensure failure. Thick with anecdotal evidence, from the life of Van Gogh (a man with a very good attitude, apparently) to the last guy who won the lottery (he still has problems), and studded with confessions that seem like veiled self-compliments, this palm-sized pep talk is a pithy and accessible reminder of basic common sense notions than many of us are apt to forget. For example, "the true nature of leadership is really sacrifice," and "many of us picture success as looking like someone other than who we are." Built as a string of quotations by successful people, the case Maxwell presents is hard to argue against, although any world view that draws equally from activist Martin Luther King Jr. and union-buster Henry Kaiser would seem to leave certain, difficult questions unanswered.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 206 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (January 3, 2003)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEOM9S
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short, to the point, and very effective January 1, 2003
This is a great book. The basic premise is unless you have your attitude right you'll never reach your full potential. Mr. Maxwell gives his insights into attitude and provides a framework for improving your own attitude as well as those around you. It's short and not long winded at all. I guess you could say it's kind of a cliff notes on attitude, whick is very helpful because we're all so busy these days. Anyone committed to success and self imporvement will find this book very helpful.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attitude 101 is more than a basic beginner's course August 23, 2003
I actually picked up this book at a college orientation meeting, free of charge, through a random selection of people. I picked it out in only a split-second of time, thinking it might help me in my pursuit of being a childhood psychologist. Boy, I received more than I expected.
This little book is gold! I was surprised by Maxwell's Christian world-view, uncompromised, yet I feel he was able to reflect successfully to a secular audience (I, too, am a Christian). He makes the occassional references to scripture, uses a lot of quotes and stories, and provides his own insights on attitude. His basic premise is that attitude is everything and infiltrates into every area of our lives. Having been diagnosed with "clinical depression", I found his words encouraging and feel elated when I know that a matter of my success in life has a lot to do with attitude and how I handle adversity. In fact, Maxwell gives a very interesting maxim which I would like to make a part of my arsenal: "To go up, you have to give up." These may be hard words for someone who's not ready, but I guarantee you, after reading his book, you will agree just as I do. This book makes it clear that success is knowing your purpose and growing to your potential. This book is easily five stars. I look forward to more of his work, both in this series and any other forthcoming and previous works.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grow Your Attitude Daily to Accomplish More!!!!! May 29, 2003
Everyone would benefit from reading this little, but powerful, book and carrying it around in a pocket to reread, as appropriate, daily. Many sections could be reread in just a few minutes. The whole book can be read by most in less than two hours.
I highly recommend this as both a book for you to read and reread, and as a book to share with others through gifts. Attitude 101 is a thoughtful high school or college graduation gift, for example, that will provide benefits for decades.
The book addresses several key dimensions of personal attitude: Its impact; its formation; and how your future is affected by your attitude. Examples come poignantly from the Bible, sports, inventors, celebrities, writers, politics and Dr. Maxwell's own life. Many of the stories added to my knowledge. Did you know that David had five stones with him to face Goliath not because David feared he would miss . . . but because Goliath had four giant sons whom David might also have had to face?
Whatever is missing from your attitude . . . this little book can help you find it and apply a remedy. On different days, you will have varying needs to improve your attitude. Rereading the right sections in this book will help you develop a better attitude and keep it focused on moving you forward just when and where you should be going.
As Dr. Maxwell says, success is:
"Knowing your purpose in life,
Growing to reach your maximum potential,
Sowing seeds that benefit others."
The book combines all of the elements you've probably come to like about his books on leadership, teamwork, thinking and purposeful living. Seeing it all together in a brief form makes the message clearer somehow. I liked that.
His epigrams are wonderful.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attitude !!! March 24, 2003
Attitude 101 is a great book. It comes in a compact format and is a quick read. The content on the other hand is full size. Attitude 101 really covers all angles regarding attitude. The book is broken down into three sections:
I. The impact of Attitude
- How does attitude impact leadership?
- How does attitude impact the individual?
II. The formation of attitude
- What shapes a person's attitude?
- Can attitude be changed?
- Can obstacles actually enhance an attitude?
III. The future with the right attitude
- What is failure?
- What is success?
- How can a leader keep climbing?
Attitude 101 really covers all the bases from the impact of attitude to the formation of attitude to how the right attitude can change your future. John Maxwell uses his signature style of stories and powerful quotes to make it an engaging read. I have read it cover to cover twice.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pocket-sized positive April 23, 2003
In Attitude 101, Maxwell outlines his key thoughts on the importance of a positive attitude from his earlier (and larger) books. This is a good gift item for anyone you believe is ready to take their life and impact to a higher level, from adults to high school students. It would be a good graduate's gift.
The whole book is a quick read, almost outline in format and delivery, full of Maxwell's trademark memorable and applicational illustrations. Hard core cynics and others with superiority issues may sniff at it, but real people will benefit from it. Superior cynics are never leaders anyway.
Buy a few, and give them out. See who comments on something they got from reading it, and begin hanging out with them - if they aren't leaders yet, they're on their way!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good basic information, easy to read and understand but lacks some depth.
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I only read a few excerpts from this book. I have a friend who after falling prey to employment cuts became an entrepreneur as a business meeting planner and wedding planner which... Read more
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Published 2 months ago by JACC1
4.0 out of 5 stars ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
So far I really like this book, it's required for one of my classes in school and it definitely puts a great perspective on how one should feel about attitude.
Published 3 months ago by Katelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great reading!
Published 3 months ago by Marielis Sexto
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Published 4 months ago by Oliver Gene Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars great reference tool
Quick read, timeless truths, every leader should have this book near them, review often, share with all in your charge
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great daily read
Another great book by John Maxwell. I keep it on the nightstand.
Published 4 months ago by The Cowboy
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read. Fast shipping
Small book, easy read. Fast shipping.
Published 5 months ago by Georgina
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for all
A must read for all, not just for leaders !! As usual Johns way of elegance !! Success is . . . Knowing your purpose in life, Growing to reach your maximum potential, and Sowing... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jiomann
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books which have each sold more than one million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. You can find him at and follow him at

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