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Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others Hardcover – August 12, 1997


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  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Presumed to be 1st as edition is unstated edition (August 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785271007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785271000
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Maxwell was identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. He is the founder of the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP. He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information visit JohnMaxwell.com.


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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 JohnMaxwell.com and follow him at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell.

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I have since purchased a number of copies of this book.
Matt
For anyone who works with groups of people (and especially youth) you will find this book to be a great addition to your library.
Kevin C. Kropf
This was one of the most enjoyable Maxwell books I've read to date.
Stoney deGeyter

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kevin C. Kropf on May 22, 2000
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How will you impact the lives of others?
For anyone who works with groups of people (and especially youth) you will find this book to be a great addition to your library. I especially enjoyed the worksheets at the end of each chapter as they were tangible ways of putting theory into practice.
This book is very easy to read, but as with most good books in this category, take notes or be willing to re-read chapters as there is almost too much good information. Most books offer nuggets--this one is a serious gold rush.
The leadership team I work with spent two weeks on Chapter 3 (A person of influence has Faith in People). I thought this was one of the best chapters in any of Maxwell's books and this will become a permanent part of our leadership program.
A great gift for graduating college students or folks newly elected to positions of leadership.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jon Paul Akeo on December 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For all of you people out there who want to be an excellent mentor, coach, friend, teacher, manager, peer, team mate, I highly recommend this awesome book of how to motivate and inspire others towards personal development and excellence. As a Training Manager, I found that the suggestions and principles mentioned in this book are things that I do in my job each and everyday...what a joy it was to read that these principles that I incorporate on the job everyday, are great habits, perspectives and behaviors that I should be doing....all nicely laid out and spelled out in this book! I found myself constantly saying things like, "Hey, I do that...Wow! I do that too!" And if you are not doing some of the things they recommend already, the book gives you a real genuine, no-nonsense approach of how you can....starting with little baby steps and working your way more until you reach your comfort zone! I am a strong proponent of mentoring, coaching, and empowering others toward personal development and excellence and I would strongly recommend this book to others who find themselves in the same roles, or to anyone who really wants to make a difference in making an impact & being a person of influence to others....:-)
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Matt on March 3, 2001
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I purchased and read this book a couple of years ago, only a few days before interviewing for a promotion at work. It caught my attention from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. During the interviewing process I answered many of the questions from info. that I had read out of (Becoming a Person of Influence.) I feel it was a major part of my getting the promotion. There were two others being interviewed that already had titles above mine and later ended up working for me. I have since purchased a number of copies of this book. I give one out to every new employee I hire, in which I'm putting in a supervisory role. It is an inspirational book along with educatinal. I would recommend it to anyone in a leadership role, work or otherwise. It is also a good rescource to go back & review now and then. It helps you stay on track as a supervisor or manager in business.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By "modestominnesota" on October 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Please consider my suggestion before you decide to buy this book.
I recommend you consider buying his other two books instead of this one.
"The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership"
"The 21 Most Powerful Minutes In A Leader's Day"

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I can't say anything positive about this book, I was shocked to see this author repeat same information written in other Maxwell books.
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I read 5 of his books on leadership, and they all share very similar information. If you read his other books, you will not find any new ideas here. This book badly repeats what's in his other books, and its written by some guy Jim. The writing style of his other books are much better as well. I advice that you don't buy it, just look into his other books I mentioned above.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James A. Johns on December 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I just bought two more copies of this book. One is for my boss, who is a great boss, but will still benefit from the examples and lessons of this text. The other copy is for friends that I have told can borrow my copy of the book. This is too valuable a book to lend out, so I am buying another copy to lend to friends.
You will be encouraged, challenged and uplifted intellectually and emotionally by the sound advice and warm examples shared by these authors.
The book may be the sleeper in the line of "In Search of Excellence," and "Seven Habits of Successful People." It will help you sort through the goals of your life and help you create a legacy no matter your position in any organization.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By watson.derek@worldnet.att.net on September 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
John and Jim have written a great book for self improvement. I am preparing to read this book for the 3rd time - as they say in the book - it takes repetition to change your thoughts and actions. Anyone who is looking for improving their life and attitude BUY this book and study it - reading is not studying.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ServantofGod on February 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I ever read of the author. Therefore, my comment might look more positive than other reviewers who had read the authors' other books. In fact, when I bought it, I took it as a book of communications. Of course I was wrong and it is a book about "leadership". As a middle aged mid-tier manager who had read many books about leadership, I am obliged to say that this is not outstanding. However, I must give my praise to the part devoted to the importance and practice of "listening". The author gave interesting messages about it and presented even more interesting sayings, such as:-

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No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his next turn. - Edgar Watson Howe

You aint learning nothing when you're doing all the talking. - Lyndon Johnson

Big people monopolize the listening. Small people monopolize the talking. - David Schwartz

After watching the novice take several swings at the tennis ball, the pro stopped him and suggested ways he could improve his stroke. But each time he did, the student interrupted him and gave his opinion of the problem,...and the coach began to nod his head in agreement. When the lesson ended, a woman who had been watching said to the pro, "why did you go along with that arrogant man's stupid suggestions?" The pro smiled and replied, "I learned a long time ago that it's a waste of time to try to sell real answers to anyone who just wants to buy echoes."

Beware of putting yourself into a position where you think you know all the answers. Anytime you do, you'll be putting yourself in danger. It's almost impossible to think of yourself as "the expert" and continue growing and learning at the same time. All great learners are great listeners.
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