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The Right to Lead: Learning Leadership Through Character and Courage Hardcover – May 26, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404189424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404189423
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

J. Countryman, whose stock in trade is attractive gift books, capitalizes on the popularity of John C. Maxwell with The Right to Lead: A Study in Character and Courage. Maxwell's thoughts on leadership and motivation are interspersed with quotations from great leaders of history. Colorful graphics and illustrations, many with a nautical theme, add to the appeal.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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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 would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an easy read, a gift for a graduate or even a gift for a person seeking a higher position at work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hunt on May 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
At a time when everybody on the Web and in life has "followers," The Right to Lead from John C. Maxwell shares true, history-tested wisdom of what it means to be someone worth following. Pointing out, that our character and courage earns us the right to be followed and the right to be a leader - and it certainly doesn't happen overnight.

Maxwell brings some of the great leaders in scripture and history to life in a small, hardcover, easy-to-digest, powerful collection of quotes and anecdotes that reminds us all that leadership starts with the heart and mind of the leader. If you're passionate about leadership, you'll appreciate every page.

This is a quick read and is organized into seven areas that relate to leadership: Action, Vision, Sacrifice, Risk, Determination, Service and Integrity.

I've always liked Maxwell and his teachings and this book features more of his great inspiration and motivation to show leadership no matter where you are at in life. Character is the key factor.

One of my favorite lines in the book is in the section on integrity. Maxwell writes, "Without character, even the most talented leader's contribution to his followers will be far short-reaching, shallower than its potential, and easily forgotten."

Many have tried to lead without character in politics, business, sports... but they're easily forgotten, aren't they?

Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] book review bloggers program. I write impartial reviews for the program. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Better On A Budget on May 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Right To Lead: Learning Leadership Through Character And Courage by John C. Maxwell...what can I say? I loved this book. I was expecting a novel style, but instead found a nice compact booked filled with inspirational stories, quotes, and ideas. This is truly a book I will read over and over again, simply when I am in need of motivation, of inspiration, or simply of escape.

Divided up into seven sections, John C. Maxwell shares with us different traits that need to be in existence for true leadership to come about. These include: Action, Vision, Sacrifice, Risk, Determination, Service, and Integrity. In each section, a good number of quotes are included, as well as at least one true story highlighting someone who has had a shown a great deal of the aforementioned trait.

In reading this book, I heard from and read about so many people who EARNED the right to lead others, through courage and character. As I read, I felt prompted to do my part to be a leader, in my own little ways: To lead my children as they seek my help and advice. To lead those few that I work with in PTA, and to inspire them as I do my part. The book does not tell you how to be in charge of others, or how to get them to do what you want. It tells you what YOU need to do to earn the right to be a leader. Then, and only then, will you truly be effective.

This was such an enjoyable read! Like I said, this is a book that I will happily read time and again, for reference if nothing else. I'm proud to have this book in my home library! 5 stars, all the way.

*I was not provided with any monetary compensation...the book was provided to me free of charge by BookSneeze in exchange for my review. The opinions shared are mine, and mine only.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
John Maxwell's newest book, The Right to Lead is the latest edition to the author's library. As I have stated about Maxwell and his writing before, it's either good & thought provoking OR it leaves you completely disappointed. His recent work actually lands somewhere right in the middle.

He takes two aspects of leadership, character & courage, and breaks them out in to several sub-topics, such as action, vision, risk, integrity, amongst others. Then he uses some personal thoughts & quotes from his previous published books while adding quotes by and stories about other famous leaders.

If you're looking for something in-depth on leadership this is not the book for you. This is a book that better suits those looking for a quick general read on some macro-level leadership thoughts & principles.

The Right to Lead could be viewed as a "best of Maxwell" leadership works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Agung S. Tandjung on May 9, 2003
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I enjoyed John's publications. Many of his insights are biblically true. This book had been made mandatory for all leaders in my organization. Although the book only presents snap-shots of characters and events, but we all will learn much from the past. This book was not written to give us a blueprint to earn leadership. I believe that this book was written for self-reflection and meditation. Maxwell did excellent job as a writer, speaker, and servant of God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bohdan Kot on May 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"The Right to Lead" is a small hardcover gift book that is an ideal start for the burgeoning leader. Written by "leadership expert" John C. Maxwell and culled from his previous books on leadership, this tome is a seed for leadership rather than a deep study of the subject. This is evident by the glossy pages of photos and quotes and brief biographical stories of past leaders such as Harriet Tubman, George Washington, John Wooden and Moses. However, do not let the thinness of the book fool you of its potent contents. For time-harried readers, plunging into one of the seven sections, action; vision; sacrifice; risk; determination; service or integrity will awaken one to what is needed for the right to lead.

Think you need a Harvard degree or the reins of a company to be a leader, than think again after reading about Eddie Rickenbacker, "The Ace of Aces", under the determination section. Maxwell illustrates this section's theme and the other six attributes of a leader with stories that exemplify the particular section. Maxwell succinctly relates how determination helped Rickenbacker became the breadwinner of his family at age twelve after his father died; set the world speed record for racing after only racing for two years; enlist and excel as an aviator in World War I despite being labeled average and undereducated; survive a plane crash and several weeks on a raft in the Pacific during World War II; and lead Eastern Airlines to be successful without relying on the government for subsidizes.

"The Right to Lead" acorn power comes from its brief biographical sketches that enlighten and empower. Plant the powerful seed deep into your heart for a harvest that will give you the right to lead.

Bohdan Kot
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