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Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading Hardcover – March 30, 2008
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In my opinion, this is Maxwell's most valuable book thus far because it combines the strengths of a vivid memory, a keen mind, a caring temperament, unadorned eloquence, and a sincere desire to help enrich the lives of others. He carefully organizes his material within 26 chapters. In each, he focuses on a "golden nugget" of insight. When concluding, he suggests that the danger of a book like this "is that it is easy to breeze through it, understanding the concepts that are contained in it but not actually [begin italics] doing [end italics] anything with them." In this context, I am reminded of Thomas Edison's suggestion that "vision without execution is hallucination.Read more ›
Some of my favorites were:
If it's lonely at the top, you're not doing something right. Many leaders think that it is impossible to be a good leader and know people or be close to your team/followers. One of greatest joys since starting Revolution is how close I am to the other leaders and team that I serve with and lead. It is a huge risk, it is hard work, but it is worth it instead of being distant from your team.
Never work a day in your life. This one really spoke to me because it is something that I am living right now. The idea of "find what you love do, do it well enough so that people will pay you to do it." That is what I'm doing right now.
The best leaders are listeners. I need to improve on this one. I am the type of person that when I am talking to someone I am thinking about what I am going to say to them instead of listening, really listening to them.
To see how the leaders is doing look at the people. The best way to see how an organization, team or leader is doing, look at the people who are following that person. Are they better off? Is the organization farther than they were before? Leaders make things better or worse, which one do you make your team/organization/church?
Don't manage your time - manage your life. According to Maxwell, "Nothing separates successful people from unsuccessful people more than how they use their time." We all have the same amount of time, we can't get more in a day. The task is not to learn how to manage time, but to manage and maximize your life.Read more ›
In 10 quick-reading pages, Maxwell builds the case for turning routine meetings into productive action-oriented gatherings. Following the counsel of Hendrix, he writes that the meeting before the meeting: 1) helps you receive buy-in, 2) helps followers to gain perspective, 3) increases your influence, 4) helps you develop trust, and 5) avoids your being blindsided.
The "no surprises" rule is critical for the key people in each meeting--and typically, that means you must meet with them in advance. Maxwell preaches: "If you can't have the meeting before the meeting, don't have the meeting. If you do have the meeting before the meeting, but it doesn't go well, don't have the meeting. If you have the meeting before the meeting and it goes as well as you hoped, then have the meeting!"
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"Leadership Gold" by John C. Maxwell appears to be an after the fact distillation to fill in the blanks and make sense of the author's own experiences and many "life... Read morePublished 2 months ago by HighlyDiscerning
The lessons I have learned from this book will follow me in my path in leadership. Excellent Read, Excellent AuthorPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book and great lessons that will make you better and more money when you apply themPublished 5 months ago by L Wilson