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Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership

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John Maxwell, America's #1 leadership authority, has mastered the art of asking questions, using them to learn and grow, connect with people, challenge himself, improve his team, and develop better ideas. Questions have literally changed Maxwell's life. In GOOD LEADERS ASK GREAT QUESTIONS, he shows how they can change yours, teaching why questions are so important, what qu ...more
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Published October 7th 2014 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
To many John C. Maxwell will need no introduction, yet for the uninitiated he may be a pleasant, inspiring surprise.

There is no shortage of business-orientated books, all offering the promise to show you the way of becoming a great leader that will inspire one’s employees and help transform your business in the process. Do most of them deliver? No. Does this one?

This book seeks to help the reader by looking at the process of what makes a successful leader, noting that a s
Josh Miller
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having read several of Maxwell's books over the years, I knew I was in for a treat before starting this read. However, what grabbed me about this book is that Maxwell and his team decided to take a couple of years and narrow down the questions most asked about leadership and then compile them categorically into a readable format. The result is a real glimpse into the mindset of John Maxwell, known as one of the top leadership gurus in the world. Add to the fact that he is a Christian and served ...more
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less." (John C. Maxwell, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions)

Some of the greatest questions asked on leadership are in this book. Too many questions to mention them all! Questions you may ask yourself as a leader, that the author asks himself are:

1. Am I investing in myself?
2. Am I genuinely interested in others?
3. Am I grounded as a leader?
4. Am I adding value to my team?

This books contains questions that he asks hi
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having never read a book by John C. Maxwell, I am blown away by the leadership advice he offers in "Good Leaders Ask Great Questions" on page one. If you work in any place of employment, I highly encourage you to pick up this book or any of his books. As someone who is young in my professional career, this book challenged me to ask questions rather than to nod my head acting like I knew the answers. I love how this book addresses leadership and what solid leadership looks like in organization ve ...more
Nathan Albright
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-2018
There has seldom been an author I have read as much of [1] without liking very much in the way that has been the case for John C. Maxwell.  He often has numbered books of supposed rules or laws for leadership and success, and often comes off, at least to me, as a little bit untrustworthy.  Given that he writes so much about character and the approach that one should take to be successful, the fact that he seems a bit like a slimy used-car salesman on occasion detracts from my enjoyment of his wr ...more
Jon Mellberg
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve seen John C Maxwell books on bookshelves for years, and was never too excited to try them. That was a mistake. And while I regret the years NOT spent reading his books, I’m thrilled that my introduction to him in “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership” will spur my interest in many of his other books! As a self-help nut, I’ve read many books that tackle Leadership. Most teach me something, but few have been as jam-packed with awesome insight as this was ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maxwell does an excellent job in defining leadership, its purpose and goals. I enjoyed hearing his real-life examples of leadership as well as his personal lessons. I felt truly inspired and prepared to become a better leader thanks to the lessons of this book.
Duke Kamau
Interesting read. Leadership as it should be. It's practical and relevant to everyone seeking to be a leader or in leadership
Chavonne Stewart
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great for training leaders. Easy read, wealth of information
Georgi Nenov
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book about the power of the question that I have bumped into.

Highly recommended for all type of people that are willing to improve themselves.
Mike McFadden
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good leadership book.
Nasos Kladakis
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the book. The parts that were mentioning God in a book about leadership and quotes like "King Solomon, the most inteligent person ever lived" made me sceptical if i want to continue reading the book. I chose to disregard these parts and focus on the rest of the book that in general was good.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I must confess that I'm a big fan of John Maxwell leadership books and this is just one more of his books to add to my "must have" managerial library. This puts a little different spin on the listening leaders, offering lots of questions to chew on and ask. As a job hunter I find many of these questions valuable for that purpose also. All of the authors books work together and offer a comprehensive course in leadership development. This advice offered is useful for new and experienced leaders, a ...more
Lindsay Bragg
Feb 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book read link a memoir by someone who had nothing else to say, but was told he needed to write another book. The entire book is just excerpts from other books mixed with "questions" that people asked him, but he lumped all the questions into simpler generic questions that allow him to repeat information.

It was also heavily sprinkled with self-aggrandizing quotes from people who were "influenced" by his leadership methods. Preachy, too. It felt like it should be read from a pulp
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
Leader who don't ask questions send the message that they know everything. Leaders who ask questions show an openness to learning and growing. Leaders who ask great questions can run great organizations.

I'm gradually becoming a bigger fan of John Maxwell. I appreciate his writing style and commitment to personal growth. This was a good read (listen).
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm sure a lot of Maxwell's material is recycled from book-to-book and year-to-year, but I still found this to be an inspiring and challenging read. Maybe it's the simplicity of the questions approach, or just the very blunt approach that he sometimes takes, but I liked it quite a bit, and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in leadership.
Ahmad Nazeri
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book will give you insights on becoming a more effective leader. John Maxwell discusses many strategies that you can use to help empower people and lead a more effective team.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Some great tips but just too list-y for my liking
Logan Streondj
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is composed of many great questions regarding leadership and their corresponding answers.
John Maxwell clearly has had many decades of experience in leadership, and has done significant research and practical leadership training. Most of the book is entrenched in his experiences, but he also cites some other sources such as books by Jim Collins. John Maxwell certainly comes across as a Level 5 Leader (the best kind), and shares his how it can be achieved.

It's a good book, I'd defi
Tõnu Vahtra
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading Maxwell books (this one, Five Levels of Leadership, 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership... ) is like reading one single continuous book as he has a distinct (but enjoyable) style and after a while starts using the same base stories to illustrate different aspects of leadership. It's difficult to bring out specific key findings from this book as there so many different areas are covered and if anything then this book should improve your belief that you can make the world a better place thro ...more
Tarek Omran
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Leaders
Shelves: leadership
A book specifically written for leaders.

I really enjoyed listening (audiobook) to this book because it is an aggregate of so many questions that many leaders would be asking in their lifetime - at one point or another. So Maxwell offers the answers based on his extensive experience in the various leadership positions he held in his life.

*My key take aways:
1- You won’t be able to carry people forward if they don’t want to go there themselves.
2- When working under bad leadership, DO N/>
Michael Liebler
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
I chose to listen to this book because I'm looking to better play to my top two strengths - Learning & Input (Questioning). Plus, I read another John Maxwell book entitled "360 Leadership" and loved it.

After listening to the first few chapters on asking good questions, the rest seemed like a rehash of his other works on leadership (especially "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership").

Definitely some great nuggets in here though. The biggest takeaway was that LEADERSHIP is INFLUENCE. In orde
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Good leaders ask great questions that inspire others to dream more, think more, learn more, do more, and become more.” This urged/reminded me to make sure I create an enviroment where questions are welcomed and encouraged - both at work and, especially, in my home.

"The two fastest ways to connect with another person are to ask questions and to ask for help."
Humility is essential to leadership. It isn't denying your strengths, it is being honest about your weaknesses. It's not
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I picked up this book as part of a leadership program I was undertaking. It was a suggestion from one of the program organizers and it sounded like something that could help me develop better question skills. I've been trying to work on coaching, so I made sure to listen to this pretty regularly as an audiobook.

I knew nothing about John Maxwell when I started. By the end, now, I know a lot more. He's the narrator of the audiobook, which I enjoyed, and he seems genuine in his mission to help lea
Richard Angelus
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
John C. Maxwell, my long-distant mentor in leadership, writes, “Good leaders ask great questions that inspire others to dream more, think more, learn more, do more, and become more.” That’s exactly what this book had done to me! This book is filled with great questions and good answers. When this book was published, John was 67-year-old. This is the product – the book that every young leader should read – of his 40 years in leadership. Imagine John’s experiences (so far) as a leader, writer, tra ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I get more knowledge why great question should be ask to get a good answer
The value of question
1) you only get answers to the question you ask
- ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer
2) question unlock and open doors that otherwise remain closed
Problem solving question - why do we have this problem
- how do we solve this problem
- what specific steps must we take to solve this problem
3) question are the most ef
Rick Presley
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've read a John Maxwell book. I used to read them as soon as they were published back in the early 2000's. Even went and heard him speak. He is truly an inspiration and a shot in the arm for anyone who is beginning to slow down or stagnate in their leadership position.

One of the things I admire about him is his consistency. This wasn't always the case. During the later years of my Maxwell binge, I felt that he was repetitious and saying a lot of the same things over and
David Tucker
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was really excited for this book, so I ended up being sadly disappointed by it. I read 30 pages into it waiting for it to get interesting. He talks a lot about his other books, and about how great and impressive he is as a human being. I don't mind a bit of that in a person's writing, the author is in fact quite successful, but I need the annoyingness of the author to be tempered with useful bits of insight and practical suggestions. From what I read this book does not offer that. It was almos ...more
Corey Nery-Guity
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John C. Maxwell has become one of my favorite Authors !!
Favorite Passages
Questions: Does everyone have the potential to be an effective leader ? How Can you be a leader right where you are, even if you're at the bottom?

Short Answer: Everyone has the potential to lead on some level, and anyone can become better at leading - No matter where you are. You don't need a: title, position or formal education. All you need is a desire to lead and a willingness to learn. - The one thing you can do
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