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Developing the Leader Within You

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  21,205 ratings  ·  378 reviews
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 practic ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 2nd 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 1993)
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Christina Saldivia
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Omar Halabieh
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Bellus
Oct 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free e-copy of Developing the Leader Within you by John C. Maxwell from NetGalley for my honest review.

A wonderful book for personal and professional development. A book to help develop the leader within yourself as well as learning to be a better leader.
Robin (Bridge Four)

This is an okay book on leadership. I think he wrote another one called 2.0 that might be more relevant to today, but it is a quick read and did have some good basic information for someone new to a leadership position. The quote above was my favorite of the book and my best take away.

I think this book has a lot of good suggestions and ideas to think about. I liked the list below the best since I thought it was the most relevant if you’ve recently shifted from a lower position into a
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Philip Meinel
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
"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
John Funderburg
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good principles and takeaways here - especially for someone like me who is relatively new to leadership.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I finished it and instantly started reading it from the beginning again!

It's not only for leaders, it's also helpful for navigating your everyday life with more purpose.
I especially liked the chapters about self-dicipline and priorities.
Alex Schmidt
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book! It’s a heavier read but so good especially if you are someone who leads others and wants them to be successful on their journey! I’m so inspired and can’t wait to read another of his books that I just got!
Feb 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
• 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
Sam B
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pastors, managers, buisness owners
Shelves: own, leadership
Great book. Loads of practical material worth rereading and writing down. It is easy to read, and, while I know that some people complain that he uses a lot of illustrations and cites comics quite a bit, I think that these provide tangible material to remember and hold on to.
Steve Grotheer
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
great, easy read touching on all the key fundamentals of successful leadership. Includes lots of great anecdotes and stories to support the recommendations.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great! Worked through this as part of a 6 month class. Lots of steadfast basics but also some great unexpected points.
Chris Goyzueta
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book! Great book on leadership. I might get this as an audiobook for annual inspiration.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, may-2018
A powerful book about how to become an efficient, a true leader. A must-read book!
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is like Brian Tracy’s first book, it’s all the best information put into the most simple, straightforward manner, put very clearly. I’m really glad I read this. It had a number of things I want to go back to. Much of it is very obvious, but he has points to reflect on and develop, too, so very useful.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every leader needs to read this book (especially in the first 10 years of their leadership life) and apply it to their skills.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: work
This was a tough one for me to get through. It's essentially 200 pages of business clichés, parables and anecdotes, peppered with helpful and useful information and heavy doses of straight-up common sense.

There's some interesting workbook-style things to do, graphs, charts, and pretty poems. I did appreciate the call-outs on most of the pages to help tie it all back together, as some of the parables can start to ramble and you start to lose the core concept behind the story.

I'd still be likely t
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 hath 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 abilit
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent guide for self development of leadership and your staff. John C. Maxwell's years of leadership experience have allowed him to distill salient leadership traits and methods for development into this very straight forward and easy to follow manual. A great read for leaders new and old. I really appreciate his focus on the people and the leader as a servant to success. His chapters on self discipline and staff development are the key to becoming a successful leader. In my opinion this ...more
Mihai  Chindriș
It's, truly, an inspirational and motivational book which can shift perspectives and drive change. John C. Maxwell is the king of leadership, shaping beginners in the art of leading people. Leadership is the supreme management, and it would be adequate to learn it from the best. Here comes Maxwell, who can offer cutting-edge information on this topic, giving you all that's necessary to become more than a manager, and by this, I mean a leader. ...more
Kelly Murray
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Terry Morgan
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books by Maxwell. It really gives a foundation for people in leadership. I found it especially helpful, some years ago, when I was put in a leadership position over a large organization. It made me feel a lot more "comfortable in my own skin." ...more
Sharon Joag
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great read, especially if you are working in an organizational hierarchy, or a small business.
Motivational & Inspiring.
I took lots of notes while reading.
I love Maxwell's use of quotes throughout this book!
Love this author, and will definitely read more of his books!
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Quick read. Audiobook (on Soundcloud) is just 2.5 hours. This is, surprisingly, a fantastic book. Content not as corny as the title sounds. Every word is like an espresso. Useful in all spheres of life. Will be rereading this monthly.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of Maxwell’s best. I first read it years ago when I was making a career progression from manager to leader. This book helped me understand the difference. Highly recommended.
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 16 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and audiences as diverse as the United States Military Ac ...more

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“Poem by Howard A. Walter (Character)

I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there are those who suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend of all--- the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.”
“There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played
He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.
And when he on day passed away,
His insurance was denied,
For since he never really lived,
They claimed he never really died.

(Anonymous poem)”
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