Develop the vision, value, influence, and motivation required of successful leaders in this thoroughly revised and updated edition of the book that forever transformed how we think about leadership.
In 1993, John C. Maxwell’s now-classic work revolutionized the way leaders are made. By examining the differences between leadership styles, Maxwell outlines principles for inspiring, motivating, and influencing others from any type of leadership position--including as a business executive, a church leader, a teacher, or even a parent. Now the author has returned to his best seller to include the leadership insights and practices he has learned in the decades since the book first appeared. Thoroughly revised and with two additional chapters, Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 has updated these foundational principles and promises to provide for both new readers as well as longtime fans of the original book the necessary wisdom to help any leader and organization succeed in fostering integrity, self-discipline, and effecting positive change. Develop your vision. Develop your value. Develop the leader within you.
Overall, this book is very well organized, sub-divided into 10 chapters each focusing on various aspects of leadership. With that being said, I would not recommend this book to anyone who would like to improve their leadership skills for 3 reasons. First, the book is primarily focused on a corporate version of leadership, which hurts the overall idea of what leadership is. Secondly, Maxwell seems to be quite self promote within this book. Many of his examples are drawn upon his own life, framing it as if he was a Pinnacle leader himself. Not to mention the fact that he is consistently urging you to purchase his other books or material to further your leadership abilities. Finally, I don’t appreciate Maxwell’s use of absolutes within his book such as, "Today, more than fifty years later, the mind-set in our country has changed from 'We can make a difference' to 'We can make no difference.’ “ To which I would respond by asking I would love to see how he can support that statement with evidence, because quite honestly not only do I disagree with this claim but it is practically impossible to prove. Anyhow, I do not recommend this book to anyone seriously looking at becoming a better leader.15
I've read 5 Maxwell books this was my favorite. He is real and practical and vulnerable unlike any other author55