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This diminutive tome is a particularly sketchy treatise on the already vague subject of leadership, stitched together with excerpts from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and other Maxwell books and featuring an ad at the back directing readers to a Web site where they can buy one of the author's longer works. Maxwell's themes-don't just pull rank, don't sweat the small stuff, establish rapport with co-workers, "empower" underlings-are commonplaces of leadership lore, couched in aphorisms ("The boss says 'I'; the leader, 'we'"), pseudo-statistics ("Twenty percent of your priorities will give you 80 percent of your production") and bromides ("If you lack vision, look inside yourself"). But in distilling this wisdom, the nitty-gritty that might make it useful has been boiled off, leaving readers to grapple unaided with bullet-pointed truisms like "Deal wisely with difficult people." Perfunctory leadership profiles of usual suspect Theodore Roosevelt, Princess Di, executives and football notables scarcely flesh out the meager intellectual content of this book, which seems, more than anything, like a $10 congrats card for the recently promoted.
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 19 million books. He is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries. Read his blog at --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Hovel Audio; Unabridged edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596448318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596448315
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,949 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 and follow him at

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Format: Hardcover
I was torn in deciding how to grade this book. Clearly, anyone who has already enjoyed most of Dr. Maxwell's outstanding leadership books would find this book to be a valuable, inexpensive and highly portable reminder of those many lessons. For that person, the book is clearly a five star value! Carry it around and draw sustenance from it!! My rating above reflects this perspective, since there are lots of people who do know his work well. When you face a leadership challenge, pull this book out to refocus you and your energies in the right direction!
What about the person who's new to leadership? I would have to grade the book much lower, probably a 2 or 3. Somewhere in the middle of the book (probably between chapters 5-7), most people new to leadership would lose the thread. It's just a little too condensed. In addition, I just didn't think that several of the examples worked for the point they attempted to make. For instance, Dr. Maxwell could have found more meaningful examples for me than Princess Diana and Roberto Goizueta if I were a new leader. I would nominate instead Barbara Bush for her caring and Frances Hesselbein for preparing successors.
Here are the book's structure and key examples for its 108 jam-packed pages:
Part I: The Development of a Leader
1. Why Should I Grow as a Leader? The McDonald brothers versus Ray Kroc in developing McDonalds.
2. How Can I Grow as a Leader? Teddy Roosevelt
Part II: The Traits of a Leader
3. How Can I Become Disciplined? Jerry Rice
4. How Should I Prioritize My Life? Paul Tsongas
5. How Do I Develop Trust? Billy Graham
6. How Can I Effectively Cast Vision? Walt Disney
Part III: The Impact of Leader
7. Why Is Influence Important? Princess Diana
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jon Barstow on December 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
John C. Maxwell has apparently spent the majority of his life striving to become one of the leading members of society. Maxwell is an ex-preacher, a key notes speaker, and runs a leadership development consultant firm. Needless to say Maxwell's rhetoric is very impressive. I enjoyed "Leadership 101" as much as anybody can really enjoy a textbook. I felt that the book was very well organized, but that Maxwell used his stunning organization to tip-toe around the fact that the book actually contained few useful guidelines to becoming a leader.

It is not very often that you find a book so well written that you do not mind reading on despite that lack of inspiration from the text. John Maxwell does cover many topics concerning leadership during his book. Such topics are the Lid of Leadership, or the Four Stages of Developing into a Leader, and the Development of Personal Vision. These topics cover tangible ideas about leadership theory, but do not really create any solid conclusions about how the reader should begin to attain these goals. Maxwell uses stories about famous icons such as Jerry Rice, Princess Dianna, and Mother Theresa to explain his theories of how to become a leader, but somewhere along the way the messages seem to fall shortof their goal. The stories seem to overwhelm the information, and Maxwell offers no real plan to the reader to follow on their own

As a student of Communications I am very aware of the ideas that leaders are born and also created. but to a certain degree all characteristics of being a good leader can be studied, copied, and eventually learned. This journey towards leadership, even if guided by a personal mentor, will always be a personal experience. Despite this,you would think that after 21 books on Leadership John C.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elijah Chingosho on August 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Many people attain positions of leadership in the organisations, community and other spheres of life but with no guidance of what good leadership entails. John Maxwell did a good job of writing a small book packed with useful guidance on how to be an effective leader. He divided the book into three parts. The first part describes how one can develop as a leader, whilst the second part explains the traits of a leader and the last part is on the impact that a leader can have on people.

The need for a clear vision as a leader becomes very apparent after reading the book. As a leader one should be aiming at producing a lasting legacy, that is, one should be aiming at making a difference to the lives of others. Followers should be willing to follow you because of the positive influence that you have on people as a good leader. To be an effective leader, one needs to continually develop oneself. High quality leadership entails empowering others to exercise their huge potential for the benefit of the organisation or the team. Followers have to trust you as a leader and trust has to be earned from one's actions.

One cannot hope to be an exceptional leader unless one is self-disciplined. Leadership starts with being able to lead yourself before one can lead others.

The book is written in simple easy to follow style which makes it readable by anyone at leadership position in an organisation or other sphere of life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark B. Cohen on March 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The author of this book has written over 25 books on leadership, and here he tries to distill a lifetime of thought, practice, and study to produce an introduction to the subject.

This book is not and does not pretend to be comprehensive, but it is useful to students of the ever growing field of leadership studies and to practioners in a myriad of fields. While this book invokes Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter, Princess Diana, General "Black Jack Pershing, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier, football star Jerry Rice, basketball star Jerry West, U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas, National Hockey League coach Mike Keenan, among others, the thrust of this book is on business leadership--with heroes like Walt Disney, Roy Kroc of McDonald's, and Roberto Guizeta of Coca Cola.

The field of leadership studies is more and more entering the turf of the social sciences, with numerous case studies and comparative studies, but this volume does not go there. Anecdotes are piled upon anecdotes to make point after point. A person less credible than the author, one of the most prolific writers on the subject, would meet more resistance with his generalizations.

The level of leadership in an organization serves as a lid on how successful an organization can be, the author says. The hire the level of leadership, the greater the potential of an organization. He speaks approvingly of the philosophy of firing old leaders when taking over a failing organization. "The higher the leadership, the greater the effectiveness," he says.

"Leadership develops daily and not in a day," he says. In other words, building leadership skills is the work of a lifetime.
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