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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455548073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455548071
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thought-provoking and encouraging...with hundreds of questions designed to help readers in their quest for personal and professional growth. Clear and inspiring, this is a great approach to leadership."—Publishers Weekly

"An intriguing look at leadership with practical advice makes this book beneficial to. . .anyone who wants to develop and improve their skills."—Library Journal

"The first time I met John Maxwell, I could tell that he and I shared the same values. He cares about people and he wants to help them. One of the best ways to do that is to teach people how to overcome failure and adversity. That ability turned my life around. If you read Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn, you will learn that valuable skill. I highly recommend this book."—Ben Carson, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon and NYT bestselling author of America the Beautiful and Gifted Hands, on Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn


"Millions of individuals--myself included--have been inspired by the words and works of John Maxwell. Now, in The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John again shares his remarkable insights and wisdom into how each of us can reach our full potential and make a positive difference in the lives of others."—Elizabeth Dole, former U.S. Cabinet Secretary, Senator and President of the American Red Cross, on The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

"As a coach and leader, I am always looking for ways to teach my players how to grow. Thanks to my good friend John Maxwell, you hold in your hands the instruction manual for taking next steps of growth. Embracing these laws will cause you to grow individually and in your contribution to those around you. This book is a must-read for anyone responsible for helping others to grow."—John Calipari, Head Basketball Coach at the University of Kentucky, on The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

"John has been a mentor and teacher for me for many years and what I love most about him is that he has pushed and helped me personally go through The 5 Levels of Leadership!"—Kevin Turner, COO, Microsoft, on The 5 Levels of Leadership


"John Maxwell's books have been required reading for my leadership team for years. I can't think of anyone better at distilling decades of leadership experience into practical, approachable principles that anyone can apply at any level of leadership."—Dave Ramsey, host of The Dave Ramsey Show and best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover, on The 5 Levels of Leadership

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. Often called America's #1 leadership authority, Maxwell was Identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. And he has been voted the top leadership professional six years in a row on LeadershipGurus.net. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 180 countries. Each year Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world's top business leaders. He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information about him visit JohnMaxwell.com.

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I highly recommend this book for anyone with a leadership role.
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Good Leaders Ask Great Questions; Another amazing book from John Maxwell.
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This book maybe one of the best leadership resources I've seen in years.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gustavson on October 7, 2014
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This book maybe one of the best leadership resources I've seen in years. I'll put this right up next to Simon Sinek's "Leaders Eat Last", Dr. Henry Cloud's "Boundaries for Leaders", or even Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.

John delivers great content by focusing on the questions that he asks himself and his team, and the questions other leaders ask him. I find the questions themselves provide great value. I can use them with my team, my inner circle, my peers, my mentors and myself.

Then, what's even better, is that John gets behind the questions. Like a great magician revealing the secrets of his craft, John reveals the leadership principles of how to see through the challenges that leaders often face.

I can't imagine a leader not getting value out of this book, and I am looking forward to masterminding this book further with my peers In the weeks, months and years ahead.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dave Gambrill on October 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It's been said that the more your organizational authority increases, the more your organizational IQ decreases, and asking great questions can help give you new information and a new perspective. In this book, John Maxwell suggests many excellent questions that you should be asking yourself as a leader like: Am I investing in myself? Am I staying in my strength zone? Am I spending time with the right people? He also outlines questions you should be asking your team: What do you think? I can I serve you? What did you learn? What do I need to know?

Each chapter starts with an overarching question and then digs deeper with more powerful questions, some of which were submitted by John's clients, readers, and members of The John Maxwell Team (coaches, speakers, trainers).

This book is an excellent resource for all leaders, and one I recommend you get in hard copy because you will want to pull it off the shelf and refer to it often.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kary Oberbrunner on October 7, 2014
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Many leaders try sounding intelligent, endlessly pontificating their proclamations. However, few leaders are humble enough to tap into their teams. Wise leaders know the hidden truth—great questions pave the road for success. In his new book Maxwell, reveals why great questions play a key role in winning the game. Best of all, he provides insightful examples to help get us started asking our own.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christine Abraham TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2014
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Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell is a basic leadership book. The focus of the book is in alignment with the title. Maxwell uses examples from his own leadership experience, sharing successes and failures. The common theme of asking questions is divided into to parts: Questions John Maxwell Asks and Questions Leaders Ask Him. Most emphasis is placed on answering questions from leaders, such as:

** What must I do to lead successfully?
** How does leadership work?
** How do I get started in leadership?
** How do I resolve conflict?
** How can I succeed?
** How can I successfully navigate leadership?

The book is informative, yet some of his other books are much better. This book reminded me of a summary of coaching calls or perhaps a solution to managing coaching clients. The structure is repetitive and the book loses it uniqueness after the "Ask question" concept is grasped. I'm a huge fan of John Maxwell books, yet I found this one a bit too simplistic and geared primarily to new leaders.

Maxwell's The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is excellent and one of the required books for my pastoral leadership class at Liberty University. Failing Forward is my favorite Maxwell book and I've recommended it many times to friends. I've read both of these books several times and they will continue to be reference books in my leadership library!

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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"Good Leaders Ask Great Questions" caught my attention immediately upon publication. The art and power of asking questions became a subject of interest for me in the 1990s as I watched the award-winning PBS Fred Friendly Seminars. Friendly utilized the Socratic Dialogue format to explore urgent social and public policy issues.

Socratic questioning is disciplined questioning that can be used to pursue thought in many directions and for many purposes, including: to explore complex ideas, to get to the truth of things, to open up issues and problems, to uncover assumptions, to analyze concepts, to distinguish what we know from what we don't know, to follow out logical implications of thought or to control the discussion.

Author John Maxwell in "Good Leaders" adapts this format to great, day-to-day leadership by emphasizing the effective use of questions for:

* Getting profound answers with profound questions that can facilitate confidence, wise decision-making, crystal-clear focus in life, prioritization.
* Unlocking and opening doors that otherwise remain closed, yielding possibilities that can lead to opportunities, experiences, and understanding people.
* Connecting with people. What is asked matters. So does how it is asked.
* Cultivating humility. Fear of being unable to say "I don't know" keeps leaders vulnerable and insecure.
* Engaging others in conversation. Great questions communicate to others that you value them and tyou want to add value to them.
* Building better ideas by providing different perspectives. The true spirit of dialogue is essential to creativity by building on another's observation, not overturning it.
* Minimizing faulty assumptions about other people.
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