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Developing the Leader Within You Hardcover – December 17, 2000
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Few of us are natural-born leaders, according to John C. Maxwell, author of Developing the Leader Within You. Fortunately though, "the traits that are the raw material of leadership can be acquired," he promises. "Link them up with desire and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader. This book will supply the leadership principles. You must supply the desire." True to his words, Maxwell offers a detailed and inspiring primer on becoming a leader. Even the Table of Contents reads like a motivational poster.
Maxwell (The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader), who is the founder of INJOY, a Christian-based leadership program, debunks the myth that strong leaders must have big egos and spend all their time harnessing personal power. Instead, he elevates leadership to a spiritual act of service: "The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." Maxwell relies on real-life anecdotes, short paragraphs, charts, and numerous lists to make his wisdom accessible. As a result, his writing often seems simplistic, with a self-help tone. Nonetheless, in teaching readers how to bring out the best in themselves as well as others, Maxwell offers a worthwhile life lesson that extends far beyond the workplace. --Gail Hudson
About the Author
John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books in fifty languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, organizations that have trained millions of leaders. In 2015, they reached the milestone of having trained leaders from every country of the world. The recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders. He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information about him, visit JohnMaxwell.com.
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To the point, direct, with questions that probe, inspire introspection, and cause personal identification of strengths, weaknesses, and character. I found myself highlighting good material throughout.
The style is inviting, while deceptively hard-hitting. Not necessarily a page turner in the beginning, but it picked up a solid head of steam towards the end.
The book feels open-ended, and expectedly so, considering the breadth of literature penned by the author.
There is more than a smattering of other’s work/quotes; were it not for the established integrity and success of Maxwell, I’d be more inclined to think of their inclusion as filler vs applied life lessons or manuscripts of personal fondness.
A great resource for individuals and organizations to adopt greater leadership principles in a systemic way.
I look forward to bringing this to my focus/men’s bible study group, and seeing the response it generates.
A solid four stars.
Daniel H. Osborne
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Developing the Leader Within You
A friend of mine referred me this book so I bought it.
It really gave me a lot a new insights every new people leader should have. I think is a good add for any people wanting to improve his/her leader skill but nothing comes out without practice. If I might give an advice, get a book like this one, then give it some time to fully digest it before moving into the a new one.
So far, I really like John Maxwell books so hopefully I'll get more from him, will see..