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Few of us are natural-born leaders, according to John C. Maxwell, author of Developing the Leader Within You. Fortunately though, "the traits that are the raw material of leadership can be acquired," he promises. "Link them up with desire and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader. This book will supply the leadership principles. You must supply the desire." True to his words, Maxwell offers a detailed and inspiring primer on becoming a leader. Even the Table of Contents reads like a motivational poster.

Maxwell (The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader), who is the founder of INJOY, a Christian-based leadership program, debunks the myth that strong leaders must have big egos and spend all their time harnessing personal power. Instead, he elevates leadership to a spiritual act of service: "The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." Maxwell relies on real-life anecdotes, short paragraphs, charts, and numerous lists to make his wisdom accessible. As a result, his writing often seems simplistic, with a self-help tone. Nonetheless, in teaching readers how to bring out the best in themselves as well as others, Maxwell offers a worthwhile life lesson that extends far beyond the workplace. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold 25 million books, is called America’s #1 leadership authority. In 2014, Maxwell received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, and was named the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. and Business Insider. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained more than 5 million leaders in 188 countries. For more information visit JohnMaxwell.com.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (October 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785281126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785281122
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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70 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Neil Jenman on September 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
In four years I have read this book many times. My original copy is dog-eared and tatty from repeated readings. We bought hundreds of copies for our clients, all of whom are now becoming better leaders. I sent a copy to the General Manager of a resort hotel. He bought a copy for all his heads of departments. I have never met a person who has read 'Developing The Leader' who did not love it. Every aspiring politician should receive a copy and be tested on it before being allowed to hold office.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sherri Fulton-Boring on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"Developing the Leader within You" by John C. Maxwell was a delightful reading experience. Not only was it informative on how to become a successful leader, it was entertaining as well.
Maxwell expressed his views on leadership through illustration of comic strips, quotes from famous people and his own life experiences. For example: "Abraham Lincoln said, "I will get ready; then perhaps my chance will come." He used these examples to demonstrate how anyone one can become a great leader. He also used Charlie Brown from the Peanuts comic strip. Charlie said his life was mixed up because he had missed "all the rehearsals" That expressed his leadership abilities, added humor but also expressed the truth on leadership.
He used quotes that he utilized when giving a seminar. "Life is 10 percent of what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it". These words were so enlightening it was like a light bulb went off as I was reading them.
Another technique I found enjoyable was Maxwell's pulling his readers into the book by asking us to stop and evaluate his own leadership skills. This kept me on my toes and I was able to comprehend the skills he was explaining. This also was helpful after completing the book to realize what my strengths and weakness are in leadership.
Throughout the book he gave the true definition of leadership "Leadership is influence. That's it. Nothing more.nothing less...He who thinketh he leadeth and has no one following him is only taking a walk." A positive attitude was expressed throughout the book by using the delightful material.
All in all I found this book a joy to read and would recommend it not only for leadership purposes but also for life experiences.
Thank you,
I am a student from the University of Pittsburgh,
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Charents on September 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
You will not be wasting your time by reading Developing The Leader Within You. If you are new to the field of leadership, this is a nice introduction. If you are an experienced leader, the book will remind you of some basic principles that you might be neglecting. It does not delve deeply into any one area, and it does not really break new ground. The quotes are selectively footnoted and many of the anecdotes are apocryphal. Maxwell is given to cute turns of phrase that he hopes will be interpreted as words of wisdom (e.g., "People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care."). All in all, this is a fine basic introduction, but I was hoping for more. This should not be the only leadership book you read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike G. on October 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
when I realized that I was in the most important leadership position of all--a husband and a father--this book came alive! I began to outline many of the quotes and examples which spoke to me. I have put many to practice. Years later, my 17 year old began to read the book. She, too, spontaneously began to outline quotes and examples. Now my 15 year old is reading it... It's been one of the best, practically motivational books on leadership we've read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Weaver on June 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have studied the subject of leadership for several years and continue to return to this book as the best short-read on the subject ever written. I read it at least once a year just to refresh myself. The stories are well chosen and the principals are sound. It is not an in-depth treatise but provides an excellent foundation for understanding the difference between leadership and management - which is greatly lacking today.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By WAterkcab@aol.com on May 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Developing the Leader Within You is a wonderful resource for anyone in any kind of leadership position. If you lead thousands or if you have influence in the life of just one person, this book addresses issues of great importance to you. If you want to revolutionize how you interact with others, if you want to stop simply "managing" and have an impact in your sphere, this is the book for you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Carter on May 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read numerous books on leadership, and attitudes, and this is by far the best one I have ever read. It was hard to put down the book, because of the entertaining way it was written. Mr. Maxwell uses a ton of great quotations, and stories to get his point across.
If you are going to spend money on any book about leadership, make sure that you buy this one. You will truly love it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Hallmark on September 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Maxwell has written several excellent books on leadership. This book works best for the aspiring leader and is a valuable addition to any library on leadership. Another first-rate book which provides the foundation to optimize personal leadership and bring out the best in others, is Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self. Our managers have copies of both books.
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