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The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization Paperback – October 17, 2011
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In this latest treatise, leadership mega-guru Maxwell (The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership) taps a rich vein of corporate angst: the plight of the middle manager, saddled with responsibilities but lacking real power, torn by conflicting tasks and time-management dilemmas, seething with thwarted ambition. As Macbeth shows, it's a predicament fraught with tragic potential, but the staid, platitudinous treatment given it by Maxwell and ghostwriter Charlie Wetzel drains away the drama. They generally counsel acceptance of limitations. Maxwell tells middle managers to work diligently in subordinate positions, support the CEO's vision, find the good in incompetent or malevolent leaders, infiltrate their bosses' emotional lives ("Listen to your leader's heartbeat.... What makes them laugh?... Cry?.... Sing?") and "stand up for your leader whenever you can." They can thus exert an unsung but crucial "influence" over higherups, while themselves practicing a higher, sublimated form of leadership by selflessly nurturing the potential of their own colleagues and underlings. Unfortunately, Maxwell's practical advice boils down to vague truisms ("when you find a problem, provide a solution") or clichés ("If your boss is a golfer, you may want to take up the game"). His bland injunctions to resignation, patience and self-effacement are unobjectionable, but also uninspiring. (Jan. 10)
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About the Author
John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazines in 2014. His organizations--The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation--have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Visit JohnMaxwell.com for more information.
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The 360 Degree Leader has some valuable insight into leadership from anywhere in any organization. Let's face it, even on the bottom we aren't alone and leading at the bottom is still leading. Everyone, everywhere has an opportunity to influence and lead others and doing so may all the difference in the lives of those around us.
I find the 360 Degree Leader to be valuable in facing the re-start or revamp a career with dignity and purpose.
If you want to increase your value to your organization, and co-workers, take a look through The 360 Degree Leader. Internalizing even one component of Maxwell's leadership strategies will affect great change.
When discussed in a group forum (and materials for each week are reviewed in advance), this book provides some really good insight on how a person who is not in an official leadership position can add value to the Team with integrity, honesty and trustworthiness by effectively and respectfully influencing others, without throwing others under the bus.