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Developing the Leader Within You

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"Developing the Leader Within You" is Dr. Maxwell's first and most enduring leadership book, having sold more than one million copies. In this Christian Leaders Series edition of this Maxwell classic, you will discover the biblical foundation for leadership that John Maxwell has used as a pastor and business leader for more than forty years. These same principles and pract ...more
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Published October 1st 2005 by Nelson Business (first published January 1st 1993)
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Christina Saldivia
Position
a. The only influence you have comes with Title. People follow you because they have to.
i. The boss drives his workers; the leader coaches them
ii. The boss depends on authority; the leader on goodwill
iii. The boss says "I"; the leader "we"
iv. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown
v. The boss knows how it is done: the leader shows how
vi. The boss says "Go"; the leader says "lets go"
2. Permission
a. This is the Relationship Level. Lead by interrel
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Omar Halabieh
Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- "Leadership is developed, not discovered. The truly "born leader" will always emerge; but, to stay on top, natural leadership characteristics must be developed. In working with thousands of people desirous of becoming leaders, I have discovered they all fit in one of four categories or levels of leadership: The Leading Leader...The Learned Leader...The Latent Leader..The Limited Leader."

2- "Management is the process of
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Mary Bellus
I was asked to read this book for work, so I trudged through it, otherwise I would have tossed it by about the halfway point.

I feel like this book could be condensed into one chapter of simple tips and advice. The rest of it reads like a compilation of quotes, excerpts, and illustrations (especially from the Peanuts comic strip, which seems to be John Maxwell’s favorite). There’s very little of the author’s own experiences in leading people, and when he does relate a story from his experiences w
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Philip Meinel
"20 percent of your priorities will give you 80 percent of your production"

"Efficiency is the foundation for survival. Effectiveness is the foundation of success."

“Integrity binds our person together and fosters a spirit of contentment within us. It will not allow our lips to violate our hearts.”

“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.” –John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

“Image is what people think we are. Integrity is what we really
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Naomi
Lots of great information on leadership. This book was recommended to me in a job interview in a school district. The interviewer said they were planning on implementing some of the information in this book to the school setting to bring about personal growth in their teachers and in the student body as a whole. There are some excellent guidelines for teachers to follow and on of those is to remember that our students are human, with basic needs and desires. Educators need to focus on the whole ...more
John
I feel great ambivalence towards this book. I was swept up by the first third of it. By the middle I was harboring some nagging doubts. By the end I was seriously irked.

Let me start out by saying that there is, in fact, a great deal of valuable content within these pages, and I don't want to throw out the baby with the bath water. But it's a small baby in a big bath. The problem is not that Maxwell doesn't offer useful, pragmatic insights into leadership; he does. It's not that he doesn't suppor
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Tamcamry
• This is actually the third time that I’ve read this particular book, and I’m sure that I will read it again in the future. This book is a must read for anyone who is in a position to influence people in any way. In my current job, my focus is to get people to see the value of the product my company sells and to effectively sell it for us. This book has reminded me of some of the most basic principles of influence that I may have forgotten. Because of the new context I bring to this reading of ...more
Kelly Murray
Though leadership isn't a quality I think I naturally possess, who says it can't be developed? Good stuff. People can't follow someone who doesn't know where they're going, and this book helps clarify what one needs to do in order to manage one's self first before taking on others.
Deborah
I thought I would follow my first addition to goodreads (Poisonwood Bible) with a review of the book that is currently making me roll my eyes and scribble snarky comments in the margins. Might as well hit both ends of the spectrum, for there is little to recommend this book. Maxwell has a great command of Reader's Digest-type anecdotes. Unfortunately, and no matter how witty, they rarely support his argument. In fact, *he* rarely supports his argument and, as one person I know put it, seems inca ...more
Tibyan
This book of Maxwell is worth reading, i like his style in combination of christian series or wisdom words come from the Bible and collected poems, also the experiences from great leaders.
Traits is raw material of leadership linked up with desire, nothing can stop u. The meaning of leadership is influence, nothing more.

"This world needs leaders...

who use their influence at the right times for the right reasons;
who take a little greater share of the blame and a little smaller share
of the cred
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Jace
John Maxwell is a super-genius. One of the great things about this book is that through reading it, Maxwell lends you his experienced perspective, which is no small thing.

My biggest critique is that like many leadership books, there are places where it feels a bit "fluffy" at times. These are places where the pure actionable points are surrounded by personal stories, quotes, and poems that lend a (necessary) narrative flow to the chapters, but also boggs down your reading progress.

That aside, t
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Fermin Quant
Good insights for leadership in the enterprise environment, not aimed for real world leadership. The worst part is that it is sooooo boring after the first 1/4 of the book. It felt like a drag to read the rest, even though you know that the information is useful, it is just written in such a way that it makes you want to stop reading, in spite of the useful content.
Greg Hawod
This book is full of great wisdom on what one has to do to develop his/her leadership skills. I like the idea that John Maxwell started by defining leadership as influence. This is a basic principles which I think will endure the test of time. The rest of the idea are really useful especially for those who are starting their leadership journey, which by the way means when you start influencing other people in your own way.

What made me give this book a low rating is the high amount of typographic
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Alton
Good book! Chapter six refers to attitude. You're attitude will have some affect upon what you actually gain from this book. Developing as a leader was a plus in my book. More importantly, John Maxwell explains developing as an individual. I highly recommend reading this book more than once.
Sam Belsterling
What little original work is in this book, and I assure you it is very little, is elementary at best and naive, feel-good, peddling more of his work at worst. I cannot and would not recommend this to anyone.

The only reason I gave it two stars is because he at least used some valuable quotes from other people.
Lisa
This is fabulous short book that coaches you on what makes a great leader great. I love Mr. Maxwell's focus on others, not yourself. Great quick read that I know I'll reach for again as a refresher!!
Stephen Rollins
This is the one that started my "Reading Revolution" so to speak. It was what helped me remember how much I loved to read and what helped me develop better Leadership practices.
Steve Grotheer
great, easy read touching on all the key fundamentals of successful leadership. Includes lots of great anecdotes and stories to support the recommendations.
John
I enjoyed this book. John Maxwell's writing style is short and to the point. This book contained many great insights for leadership development.
Matthew
It's been almost 20 years since I read this book, so I figured it was time to revisit this classic. I did, and I was pleased to see that I had incorporated many of the ideas found within, and yet also challenged to continue to work hard at self-leadership.

Some of the quotes that I loved from this book are...

"Leadership is influence"

"He who thinketh he leadeth and hat no one following him is only taking a walk"

"A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability
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June Angelo
If you're gonna be leading a team of champions, you have to at least start by reading this book! :)
Jen
Although there's some useful information here, this book is so riddled with filler, in the form of quotes from others, that it could easily have been 100 pages instead of 200. What's worse is that the quotes often don't support the heading they're under. If you must read this book, I suggest starting in the middle, which is where the more useful info begins to appear. At least it's a fast read. (This book was recommended to me by several people as a good beginner book on leadership. It gives me ...more
Jonathan Woodward
Great book on personal leadership. I don't think there is a thing about Maxwell's stuff that I do not like as of yet. The only thing about his stuff is that it's so information-packed that it's difficult to get something good out of it. Here's what I mean: if feels like you're reading provocative quote after quote, and you need at least 5 minutes per quote to ponder how it relates and what it means. He's a very detailed, deep thinker.

I liked the book, though. Just so much information in it, I on
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Dave W Clark
Management is the process of assuring that the program and objectives of the organization are implemented.
LEADERSHIP, On the other hand, has to do with casting a vision and motivating people.
If you want to manage somebody, manage yourself. Do that well and you'll be ready to stop managing and start leading (John C. Maxwell - Developing the Leader Within You.

If only my Management team would understand the principles of Leadership and not relying on telling people what to do while they sit at th
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Sarah
Good leadership book to have in your library for referencing.
Amanda
Maxwell seems to be Leading in the Leadership writers game...
Jaclyn Jones
Many good thoughts but contains a lot of generalizations.
Dave
Amazing.
Anyone who thinks they are a leader would get HUGE value from this book.
I did.
Khaled Mallah
To me it is a good book but not a great one...
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