Review: Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell

Down and Dirty: 3.5 out of 5

Classic and useful information but a little dry to read and hard to focus on.

Maxwell’s famous books are some of the most touted and referred materials I’ve heard of in other motivational, business and leadership books. Sayings, terminology and philosophies Maxwell developed have paved the way for extrapolation and the deeper delving of future authors.

With that in mind, I wanted to read some of his books because they are foundational for many others I have read. This book did not disappoint. A great amount of the book was jam-packed with insights including a few examples for Maxwell’s experience in leading others into leadership. A few insights that stuck with me include: why change is resisted and how to help it along, the levels of leadership ability and what each entails and how to encourage leadership in others.

What is most important is that Maxwell doesn’t expect you to read this book and turn into an instant leader – far from it. Maxwell explains leadership is something you slowly develop and you might be at different levels for different people you interact with. It’s important to resolve not to assume position gives you leadership, but that leadership gets you positions instead. Just lording power and authority over others is one of the lowest and most ineffective methods of leadership around.

A good book, worth reading so you can understand what everyone keeps referencing in other books and seminars.

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