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The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow Hardcover – September 16, 2007
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Why do some people consistently inspire others to follow their lead? According to John C. Maxwell, author of 24 books and a regular speaker on the topic, it's the "character qualities" they possess. In The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Maxwell identifies these top traits as character, charisma, commitment, communication, competence, courage, discernment, focus, generosity, initiative, listening, passion, positive attitude, problem-solving, relationships, responsibility, security, self-discipline, servanthood, teachability, and vision--and then defines them in ways that readers can absorb and utilize. Each is covered in a separate chapter opening with a high-concept definition and continuing with relevant anecdotes, details on its meaning, suggestions for further reflection, and exercises for improvement. For example, in the section on vision ("You can seize only what you can see"), Maxwell describes how Walt Disney initially developed the theme-park concept after accompanying his daughters to a fun-filled but rather shabby amusement park. He then analyzes how Disney's resultant projects drew on his personal history while meeting other's needs, and explains how readers must "listen to several voices" to develop successful foresight in a similar way. Finally, Maxwell suggests methods to articulate these visions and measure their implementation. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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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The author uses these twenty-one qualities for the basis of successful leadership: character, charisma, commitment, communication, competence, courage, discernment, focus, generosity, initiative, listening, passion, attitude, problem-solving, relationship, responsibility, security, self-discipline, servanthood, teachability and vision. What a sensational, winning combination! Each of these twenty-one components is discussed separately. While all of these elements are critical for strong leadership, if I had to narrow the scope down to five areas of particular benefit, it would be the ones on character, competence, listening, generosity and self-discipline. I particularly liked Maxwell's straight-forward approach and positive attitude exhibited throughout the book. One other book that rated at the top of my list, and one I would also highly recommend, is a favourite, all-time classic, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie.
Maxwell does an excellent job of getting to the heart of each quality in a few short pages. He starts with two relevant quotations to start you thinking. He then gives you a short real-life example of that particular quality in action.
He breaks each principle down into specific applications, gives you a brief period where you can assess your own effectiveness, offers you concrete ways to improve yourself, and wraps each chapter up with a profound thought that will stay with you long after you have closed the cover.
What you get out of this book depends on how you read it. This is a very simple read, and you may be tempted to race through it and miss some key points. Maxwell rightly suggests that you walk through each quality methodically, giving it the attention that it warrants based on your current level of competence.
While the material warrants five stars, some spelling mistakes and the author's use of his own quotes dropped it down a notch for me. Otherwise, an excellent handbook for improving your personal leadership qualities.
Larry Hehn, Author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
The book can be read one chapter at a time (It is best this way, I think --with meditation on the ideas) or all in one sitting. Maxwell's illustrations stick with me long after the chapter has been read --for days in fact. subjects are not rocket science, but good common sense wisdom rarely is. He is wise enough to know isolate the qualities a leader needs and explain how to measure yourself to see if you have them. Qualities like Character, Charisma, Commitment (no, they don't all start with C!), self discipline, Vision, Teachability.
why only 3 stars? well, actually, if it's your first John Maxwell book it's 5 stars! But if you have read any of his other books on leadership (I have read several), frankly, it's the same as them. Just get on leadership book by Maxwell and read it every few years to freshen up on the basics. That will do.
GREAT book for anyone looking to learn how to lead others. Unfortunately, leadership isn't something that all parents teach to their kids anymore, but this book will easily fill that void. FULL of good content that will help you grow as a person and as a leader. In teaching my kids how to be leaders, this is a book I will refer to often.
Read it, and read it again. Dip into it again every year for the rest of your life! You will not regret it. It not only helps you be the best you can be, it gives you x-ray vision into others' lives and struggles also - in a very good way. In a way that will make you less judgmental, more kind. more helpful and a better example yourself.