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The 360 Degree Leader Workbook: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

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In his nearly thirty years of teaching leadership, John Maxwell has encountered this question again and again: How do I apply leadership principles if I'm not the boss? In The 360 Degree Leader Workbook, Maxwell addresses that very question and takes the discussion even further. You don't have to be the main leader, asserts Maxwell, to make significant impact in your organ ...more
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Published September 5th 2006 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2005)
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Top 10 Learnings:
o Page 7: “Influencing others is a matter of disposition, not position.” - You can influence from anywhere in the organization
o Page 47: “Remember the hat sets the context when interacting with others” – As a 360 degree leader, you’ll wear many hats – take time to think about the appropriate hat when interacting with others.
o Page 132: In mentoring relationships, use these statements/questions:
o Here’s what you said that last time we met
o Here’s what I learned
o Here’s what I di
Peter Scholtens
Nov 26, 2011 Peter Scholtens rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
It’s ironic that, according to some pundits, most leadership books are read by middle management. Finally we have a book that targets those in the middle, leading a little, being led, and sharing leadership with others.

In his usual polished style, Maxwell tells stories gleaned from business and leadership. He has gathered quotes from around the world and weaves them together to teach about leadership and success.

Maxwell begins by dismissing many myths about leadership. He argues that we need to
Leaders are found everywhere in an organisation and it is actually harder for people to lead from the middle of the organisation. John C. Maxwell's book showed me that even if I am not the main leader, I still need to be developing my leadership skills, influence and potential right where I am.

Leading in the 360° way means looking at yourself first, then how to influence your leader, your peers and finally (what we think of as traditional leadership) the people under you.

I started this book in
I am not a fan of business self-help books. They make banal statements and reinforce crappy ideals that don't challenge individuals or businesses, nor do they get at the root of most individuals/business actual problems. Rife with sports and religious platitudes, this book is like all the rest: don't change a broken system; change your attitude towards the broken system and all will be well.
Loy Machedo
Loy Machedo’s Book Review - The 360 Degree Leader by John C. Maxwell

I like reading the books by John C. Maxwell. His books are compact, condensed and concise. He follows the pattern of having a central theme and he expands on that theme with examples, quotes and logical steps – that if followed will lead to results.

True to his brand, The 360 Degree Leader is another contribution from his end. If I were to summarize the book, it would be:
1) The book serves as a guide to those stuck in the Middle
I was over-exposed to Maxwell's writings in Bible college, so I stopped paying attention to his stuff for about a decade. It seemed like everything he wrote was just a repackaging of the same concept: leadership=influence.

This book, however, goes beyond that. It may be the most important book he's written since 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. The main takeaway from the book is a reminder that not only is leadership not just a positional/title thing, but the majority of leadership happens from
Debbie Howell
Not a big John Maxwell fan. I don't like that he's always referencing himself. Some of his principles are good, basic ideas for the workplace, I just didn't think it was a full book's worth, and I didn't find it so well-written that it kept me interested. His philosophy on church leadership is different from mine, so that probably taints my opinion of him. I think this could be beneficial to someone early in their career, just to get some smarts on maneuvering in a business environment, but I ha ...more
Most of my books reviews will have this disclaimer. Most of the books in my library are audiobooks. I prefer audiobooks especially on long trips. I feel that if the book is that bad at least my time was not a complete waste. With that said I hated it.I know Mr. Maxwell is suppose to be some type of guru. Some of the scenarios do not work in business. He delivered it in a confusing manner. I couldn't wait to take it to Half Price books. I think I got $1.00.
The advice in this book is really obvious and hokey. If it is not obvious to you, you probably will not be a good leader anyway. I also found it very irritating that he references his other (probably equally as hokey and obvious) books SO often. I think you would have to be very arrogant, greedy, or both to write such a book.
Don Weidinger
99% occurs from middle of org, develop where you are help others to help self, influence is earned, manage emotions time stop-do list focus thinking words personal life, lift-up not suck-up, bring solutions, loyalty after decision, do what others won’t sacrifice humble no excuses, managers work process and do things right as leaders do right things, managers control and leaders invest in people, when push and not, who do you want to be vs where do you want to be, credibility key to influence, co ...more
This book was recommended to me.
It was quite hard at first to finish this book since I mostly read novels, but started to really focus ever since I was promoted.
It taught me a lot about some of the leadership skills that I need to practice.

Integrity – builds relationships on trust
Nurturing – cares about people as individuals
Faith – believes in people
Listening – values what others have to say
Understanding – sees from their point of view
Enlarging – helps others become bigger
Navigating – assists ot
This is the first book from Maxwell that I have read on leadership. The book provided me a benchmark on my current capability as a leader from a middle of an organization. As suggested by the author, I took the free 360-degree leadership assessment at to gauge my leadership potentials, strengths and weaknesses.

One of the important things that Ive learned from the book is that the secret of leadership is not the position, but influence which is used as an acronym: I-ntegrit
Yet another book I read for a course at work. I really, truly wanted to like this book. I'm a firm believer in the 360° feedback process and the whole "lead from the middle" mindset. I couldn't force myself to read the latter half of the book in its entirety. (I finished it, but I skimmed.) The book was ponderous; it felt like Maxwell was just writing to fill up pages, instead of actually trying to impart anything. I don't believe that I learned anything by reading the first half completely that ...more
Nice book to read!
Michael Griswold
Some people have criticized this book in part because it does not tell us anything that a reasonably intelligent person does not already know. If this were true, then why are the ideas contained within this book in practice throughout corporate America to a greater extent? Maxwell begins by shattering a series of myths that one has to be the top leader to have a voice within an organization. Then he advances on to discuss how one can increase their leadership by doing seemingly basic things like ...more
B.j. Condrey
Extremely helpful. In the beginning he stated that though 99% of leaders are somewhere in the middle of an organization, most leadership books are geared toward the top man/woman. This book is 100% devoted to helping the leader in the middle, who has some people over him and some under him. Your attitude toward authority, co-workers, the overall vision of the organization, motives, and effort will be called into question and challenged. A must read for a middle leader who desires great influence ...more
Creating Beauty
Oct 29, 2008 Creating Beauty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to bring up new leaders at every level in their organization
An inexperienced leader once said to me that leadership happens in the day to day. While that being a bit true, it is part 5 or 6 in a series of conversations, trainings, and role playing exercises that must equip the leaders on how to lead. Natural leaders do not magically have all the tools that prepare them to lead much like a talented athlete who has no coach let alone training, work-outs etc, has only his raw gifts but no cultivation of those natural talents.

I have been teaching leadership
Quotes from the book:
99% of all leadership occurs not from the top but from the middle of an organization.

Leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit.

I believe that people should strive for the top of their game, not the top of the organization.

Leaders in the middle usually experience the Multi-Hat Challenge on a daily basis.

If you want to get ahead, leading up is much better than kissing up ( Dan Reiland)

A minute of thinking is often more valuable than an hour of talk or unplanned work
Luke McGuire

This book is the first non-fiction book I’ve read for SSR. It is certainly a challenge with its 400 iBooks pages, but it really teaches you how to lead in every position you’re in. This book would not appeal to the average 7th grader, but this was an interesting book for me.

I really like how the author, John C. Maxwell, organizes the book into myths and challenges, instead of traditional (as Riley would say) mainstream means of organization, like organizing by job role. This book can really chan

Valeria Colesnic
A quite great book about leadership, with step by step explanations and study cases from the author. In this book I found a lot of references that I heard in the speech of the famous romanian speaker (actually the best speaker in Romania): Lorand Soares Szasz (now I know where the brilliant ideas were taken from).
360 degree leadership is an amazing concept, that is to be used in order to achieve greater goals together.
I will re-read for sure and make my best at being the 360 degree leader.
Michael Jenkins
Becoming a leader is so much more than being in charge, but it is more about being the example to your followers. As leaders, they should lead and not so much manage, leadership is respected and admired by people that are put in a high position. It is not about being on the top but it is about being in the middle, and working your way to the top of the ladder. It is about teamwork and not how you should value your teamwork and not want to be someone that leads, without any vision. when there is ...more
Ana Petrova
Actually as I am very slow on reading books in English I tried to listen to it. It helped me summarize things I already knew or observed. Learned a lot new things also. But mostly it helped me put my knowledge into action :-)
The 360 Degree Leader, which is written by John Maxwell, is a great leadership-focused book that teaches you how to improve areas of your skills that will lead to success no matter where you are. Taking almost every situation that you could possibly be in, Maxwell breaks down his book into seven sections that will direct you through most thoughts that cross a leader's mind at some point or another. I personally am in love with this book, which has taught me alot about leading from a middle posi ...more
turns out it's not one of my favorites from Maxwell. I love the concept but this one just didn't offer me as much insight as I'd hoped. The 21 Irrefutable Laws is better, to me at least.
Ryan Nims
In my opinion, Maxwell is HIGHLY overrated. He has some valuable things to say, though other more secular non-fiction writers do it better; seem more grounded in business practices.

This is easily the worst business self-help book I've ever read; it is an exceptionally long marketing pamphlet for all his other books. For an author to reference past works once in a while is not a bad thing, and can add color and depth if one has read the referenced work. This book however calls out numerous refere
Another goldmine from John Maxwell. Leadership is a multi-lane highway and this book helps us develop the skill set to successfully navigate through it.
I just finished the 8 hour DVD lecture that accompanies this book. It was an interesting take on leadership and there were some very helpful tips, however, I wouldn't classify these leadership courses as the final authority on leadership. There's a few things Maxwell said that I've heard refuted in scientific studies; they were little things like how you should change your leadership style to fit your people. My understanding was that it was incredibly difficult to change your leadership style a ...more
I'd recommend this book to anyone considering a move to middle-management for the first time in their career. Sections 3-6 don't offer any ground-breaking insights, in my opinion, but sections 1 and 2 are worth the price of admission since they expose common myths and give you an idea of the types of challenges you can look forward to while leading from the middle of an organization.

I'd advise you to skim the first 2 sections of the book, if you can find a copy in a local book store, before maki
Alright I am bias. Anything with Mr. Maxwell's name on it I have to read. BUTTTTT. This is the genius of my introduction to him. I was going to Romania just after Christmas in 2007. Had never been and just had to go. I was in the Atlanta airport waiting to board when I saw this book. I read it and just could not believe how easy he writes. I have heard him at one Success Magazine seminar (which they should do again) and I watched via Leadercast 2010. He is just plain interesting. I would love to ...more
I like John Maxwell. His leadership skills are widely recognized not just within Christian circles but beyond it. His books read effortlessly: it’s like listening to one of his motivational talks. It’s hard not to be energized by it.

But I think I prefer Maxwell’s quotable quotes rather than entire books. The 360 Degree Leader is just one example why.

The first few chapters sound great; the principles aren’t mind-numbingly awesome, but you can’t really disagree with them either. But after a while,
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