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Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership

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A #1 New York Times bestselling author and leadership expert answers questions from his readers about what it takes to be in charge and make a difference.
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
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 successful leader is succ
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
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
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 himself, the questions others have as
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, non-fiction, living
"All things being equal, people will do business with people that they like. All things not being equal, they still will."

There is a lot of practical wisdom in this book. I did find it interesting that he references his own books so often. The layout of the book for me was a bit hard to follow from the audiobook side. There may have been more visual cues in the physical book that helped it make more sense. Overall another good offering from Maxwell.
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 pulpit. "This is
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
Pretty typical Maxwell formulae... bulleted lists and plenty of references to previous books he’s written. There was a tone to this one that just annoyed me though. I can’t place exactly what was off, but I think it sounded rather condescending. Perhaps I got that vibe because of how often he talked about cutting people loose and only focusing on those who give the most return on your time. Or maybe it was because the book seems to focus on executive level leadership rather than leading from any ...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 ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting idea to think about. Need to revisit
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. Everyone should read this!
Otty Medina
Excellent primer for all stages of leadership, and definitely one of those books I wish I had read years ago as part of my military professional development.

Also dovetails with Maxwell's other works in addition to Start With Why (Sinek), Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey), It Worked For Me (Powell), and a few others.

Absolutely worthwhile, and I intend to revisit this book in the near future.
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. ...more
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
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. ...more
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 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars

This was too much of leadership basics for me. It's written for someone who is crazy about the author and has no leadership experience. The author is also crazy about himself. The questions he offers weren't precise enough to be thought provoking and his answers weren't careful, to the point or complete.
Dave Rench
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was pretty good. 2 most important questions to ask people that you want to influence:
1. What do YOU think?
2. What did YOU learn?

Some good questions at the end of the book too, regarding how to handle people that are difficult.
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.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely want to read it over. I took a few gems for my anki study deck, but there are so many I need to go back through.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Some great tips but just too list-y for my liking
Cleuber Mussio
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and challenging reading! John really knows what it takes to shape good leaders!!
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 definitely
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
Nathanael Winslow
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
More of the same from Maxwell. Didn't need a whole book, but not completely a waste.

Long :
This is the 4th Maxwell book I've read (The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, and Be A People Person are the others). Following each one, my feelings are the same, but mixed. On one hand, little from these books strikes me as groundbreaking or original. In fact, they pretty much boil down to a compilation of anecdotes and quotes from other famous thinkers mixed in wi
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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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