Developing the Leader Within You

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Maxwell – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Developing the Leader Within You is Dr Maxwell s first and most enduring leadership book, having sold than one million copies In this Christian Leaders Series edition of this Maxwell classic, you will Developing the Leader Within You Leader Within PDF/EPUB ¶ is Dr Maxwell s first and most enduring leadership Developing the Epub / book, having sold than one million copies In this Christian Leaders Series edition of this the Leader Within PDF Ì Maxwell classic, you will discover the biblical foundation for leadership that John Maxwell has used as a pastor and business leader for than forty years These same principles and practices are available for everyday leaders in every walk of life It is a lofty calling to lead a group a family, a church, a nonprofit, a business and the timeless principles in this book will bring positive change in your life and in the lives of those around youYou will learn The True Definition of Leader Leadership is influence That s it Nothing nothing less The Traits of Leadership Leadership is not an exclusive club for those who were born with it The traits that are the raw materials of leadership can be acquired Link them up with desire, and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader The Difference Between Management and Leadership Making sure the work is done by others is the accomplishment of a manager Inspiring others to do better work is the accomplishment of a leader God has called every believer to influence others, to be salt and light Developing the Leader Within You will equip you to improve your leadership and inspire others. 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 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 interrelationships The agenda is building solid lasting relationships People follow you because they want to i Make those who work for yousuccessful ii Include others in your journeyiii Win Win or don t do it iv Deal wisely with difficult people3 Production a This is the results Level People are coming together to achieve a purpose People follow you because of what you have done in the organization i Develop a statement of purpose ii Develop accountability for results iii Know and do the things that have a high return iv Communicate the strategy and vision to the corporation v Become a change agent4 People Development a Develop and empower your people Develop your leaders People follow you because of what you have done for them i Place a priority on developing people ii Place your efforts in the top 20% of your people5 Personhood a Takes a lifetime People follow you because of respect and who you are Avoid the 7 deadly sins 1 Trying to be liked rather than respected 2 Not asking members of the team for advice and help 3 Thwarting talent by emphasizing rules rather than skills 4 Not keeping criticism constructive 5 Not developing a sense of responsibility in team members 6 Treating everyone the same way7 Failing to keep people informed 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 LeaderThe Learned LeaderThe Latent Leader..The Limited Leader 2 Management is the process of 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 LeaderThe Learned LeaderThe Latent Leader..The Limited Leader 2 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 vision and motivating people 3 Listed below are some characteristics that must be exhibited with excellence before advancement to the next level is possible Level I Position RightsLevel 2 Permission RelationshipLevel 3 Production Results..Level 4 People Development Reproduction.Level 5 Personhood Respect 4 Success can be defined as the progressive realization of a predetermined goal This definition tells us that the discipline to prioritize and the ability to work toward a stated goal are essential to a leader s success In fact, I believe they are the key to leadership 5 Integrity is not what we do so much as who we are And who we are in turn, determines what we do Our system of values is so much a part of us we cannot separate it from ourselves It becomes the navigating system that guides us It establishes priorities in our lives and judges what we will accept or reject 6 1 Integrity builds trust.2 Integrity has high influence value 3 Integrity facilitates high standards A Integrity results in a solid reputation, Not just an image 5 Integrity means living it MYSELF BEFORE LEADING OTHERS.6 Integrity helps a leader be credible, NOT JUST CLEVER 7 Integrity is a hard won achievement 7 Theyou change, theyou become an instrument of change in the lives of others If you want to become a change agent, you also must change 8 WHY PEOPLE RESIST CHANGE The change isn t self initiatedRoutine is disruptedChange creates fear of the unknownThe purpose of the change is unclearChange creates fear of failureThe rewards for change don t match THE EFFORT CHANGE REQUIRESPeople are too satisfied with the way things areChange won t happen when people ENGAGE IN NEGATIVE THINKINGThe followers lack respect for the leaderThe leader is susceptible to feelings OF PERSONAL criticismChange may mean personal lossChange requires additional commitmentNarrow mindedness thwarts acceptance of new ideasTradition resists change 9 People change when they hurt enough they have to change learn enough they want to change receive enough they are able to change The leader must recognize when people are in one of these three stages In fact, top leaders create an atmosphere that causes one of these three things to occur 10 Great leaders understand that the right attitude will set the right atmosphere which enables the right responses from others 11 My success in developing others will depend on how well I accomplish each of the following Value of people This is an issue of my attitude Commitment to people This is an issue of my time Integrity with people This is an issue of my character Standard for people This is an issue of my vision Influence over people This is an issue of my leadership 12 Successful people developers give THE RIGHT ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLEI need to work out their strengths and work on their weaknessesI must give them myselfI must give them ownershipI must give them every chance for success 13 My observation over the last twenty years has been that all effective leaders have a vision of what they must accomplish That vision becomes the energy behind every effort and the force that pushes through all the problems With vision, the leader is on a mission and a contagious spirit is felt among the crowd until others begin to rise alongside the leader Unity is essential for the dream to be realized Long hours of labor are given gladly to accomplish the goal Individual rights are set aside because the whole is muchimportant than the part Time flies morale soars upward, heroic stories are told, and commitment is the watchword Why Because the leader has a vision 14 The process for developing personal disciplineStart WITH YOURSELFStart earlyStart smallStart nowOrganize your lifeWelcome responsibilityAccept accountabilityDevelop IntegrityPay now, play laterBecome character driven instead of emotion driven 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 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 with his staff, it feels contrived, or serves to boost his ego Because he didn t weave a personal story throughout the book, supporting it here and there with quotes and excerpts from outside sources, I feel like this book doesn t have a cohesiveness, and falls apart like bad pie dough.Some of his tips are good, but some are so basic especially his Organize Your Life tips in the last chapter , they were just very obvious common sense things that a person at any level would have already figured out on their own.Another thing that may seem like nitpicking but it really bugs me , is the amount of typos strewn throughout this book, especially in the last third of it It makes me wonder if the proofreader got just as tired of reading this as I did, and gave up near the end.Overall, if I were looking for a book on Leadership, I d look for someone who uses his or her own experiences and delivers them in ahumble and tangible way.Oh, and if GoodReads would let me, I d give this less than one star 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. 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 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 support his assertions with relevant, frequently pithy quotations he does Where Maxwell stumbles is on numerous fundamental assumptions which underlie the initial desire to write a book such as this.The central flaw which runs throughout this work is the implication that Maxwell s approach to leadership represents the singular correct approach This assumption, in turn, gives birth to several others Written, ostensibly, from a Christian perspective, I would suggest that Maxwell has lost sight of what is, arguably, one of the central and most fundamental passages in the New Testament, the Sermon on the Mount What emerges from Maxwell s pen is a guidebook on how to most successfully conform to the things of this world, not how to love one another In other words, he takes it as a given that the world view under which we all labor is without flaw, whereas the essence of the Christian ethic is that we live in a broken world which we are commissioned to improve upon selflessly, to the fullest extent possible.Maxwell comes from a long line of similar thinkers who insist that anything other than the power of positive thinking is an affront to all that is good and noble in this world This general philosophical bent describes a bee line to such dubious schools of thought as the prosperity gospel and the law of attraction, both of which certainly seem true to those who both believe in them and experience good luck Maxwell would have us believe that luck is a fiction, which is a cruel requirement to foist upon one s fellow beings.To take a few examples, Maxwell asserts that great leaders should hire only the best people But who is to say who those best are By what measure are we to judge Well, apparently he would exclude anyone with so called personal problems Yet I myself have yet to meet any human being who does not suffer from such problems So, seemingly, Maxwell advocates the hiring of people who exist in a state of delusional denial Or, perhaps, who are simply clever and convincing liars It certainly makes the reader wonder what Maxwell s own closet contains.Elsewhere he makes the point that, Continued success is a result of continued improvement This, of course, raises the question of how we define success Is it to be measured in terms of worldliness and material gain or in terms of how much good we bring to the meek, the weak, and the downtrodden, whether tangible or otherwise But aside from that question, Maxwell posits something which is, in point of fact, an impossibility Improvement is a form of growth and, as such, cannot be continual No system can grow forever and at all times When we exercise to build strength, we do not we cannot flex our muscles unremittingly We must flex and then relax, flex and relax, flex and relax Germination precedes growth and,to the point, is absolutely, strictly necessary.As to the strong implication, reiterated throughout this book, that a positive attitude is a prerequisite for living a successful, and, what s , a morally acceptable, life, I would counter that this is not compatible with Christian teaching as found in the Bible I know there are many, many Christians pastors and theologians among them who insist that the Bible supports this point of view, but I stand by my conviction I would refer readers, particularly, to Ecclesiastes 3 1 8, as well as countless passages throughout the book of Job Jesus was plagued by doubts and sorrow at various points throughout the New Testament And the Old Testament prophets, generally acknowledged as the harbingers of the coming Messiah, express so called negativity and discontent over and over and over again Let me be clear I do not advocate a gloom and doom view of the world, but, rather, a balanced and realistic view which, I believe, is entirely in line with Christian teaching.I could raise manyobjections to Maxwell s work It is poorly organized and vague in the extreme For example, consider the titles of three of the ten chapters The Key to Leadership Priorities, The Most Important Ingredient of Leadership Integrity, and The Indispensable Quality of Leadership Vision It seems that the key, the most important ingredient, and the indispensable quality are all distinct, although I fail to understand how Maxwell s text is frequently repetitive, too In several instances passages are repeated, verbatim, in their entirety His reliance on snarky quotations and anecdotes is at first amusing and sometimes insightful, but wears thin quickly The result is a feeling that Maxwell has simply stirred together a huge collection of platitudes inor less random sequence without adding much by way of his own original thought or giving us the benefit of his unique experiences in life Finally, the veracity of the author himself is drawn into question when he asserts that, in addition to functioning as lead pastor to a large church and heading an organization devoted to educating leaders, he also, purportedly, makes 400 public appearances per year The end pages list no less that 38 books he s written, which may providethan a little insight into why this particular volume seems half baked and perfunctory.My best advice if you want to develop leadership skills Put down the books, stop shelling out for seminars and summits, stop listening to the experts, and do, do, do 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 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 are When you love your followers genuinely and correctly, they ll respect and follow you through many changes Human behavior studies show that people do not basically resist change they resist being changed Once the facts are clear, the decisions jump out at you Peter DruckerSimple plan to help a person change some wrong attitudes Say the right words, Read the right books, Listen to the right tapes, Be with the right people, Do the right things, Pray the right prayer The one who influences others to follow only is a leader with certain limitations The one who influences others to lead others is a leader without limitations On self discipline The sooner they can take control of their desires and submit them to life s demands, thesuccessful they will become 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 withpurpose.I especially liked the chapters about self dicipline and priorities. Good principles and takeaways here especially for someone like me who is relatively new to leadership. 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 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 growth and development of the student, including character development, which is the what teachers should really be concerned with, as much as with the TEKS as each state requires As John Maxwell puts it The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership I believe that character is the ultimate goal of education and that academics will come as the character is developed Great job, John Maxwell Very easy to read and understand and put concepts into practice in your own life as well as in those you influence and lead 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

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    Developing the Leader Within You eBook Û Developing as a pastor and business leader for than forty years These same principles and practices are available for everyday leaders in every walk of life It is a lofty calling to lead a group a family, a church, a nonprofit, a business and the timeless principles in this book will bring positive change in your life and in the lives of those around youYou will learn The True Definition of Leader Leadership is influence That s it Nothing nothing less The Traits of Leadership Leadership is not an exclusive club for those who were born with it The traits that are the raw materials of leadership can be acquired Link them up with desire, and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader The Difference Between Management and Leadership Making sure the work is done by others is the accomplishment of a manager Inspiring others to do better work is the accomplishment of a leader God has called every believer to influence others, to be salt and light Developing the Leader Within You will equip you to improve your leadership and inspire others. 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 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 interrelationships The agenda is building solid lasting relationships People follow you because they want to i Make those who work for yousuccessful ii Include others in your journeyiii Win Win or don t do it iv Deal wisely with difficult people3 Production a This is the results Level People are coming together to achieve a purpose People follow you because of what you have done in the organization i Develop a statement of purpose ii Develop accountability for results iii Know and do the things that have a high return iv Communicate the strategy and vision to the corporation v Become a change agent4 People Development a Develop and empower your people Develop your leaders People follow you because of what you have done for them i Place a priority on developing people ii Place your efforts in the top 20% of your people5 Personhood a Takes a lifetime People follow you because of respect and who you are Avoid the 7 deadly sins 1 Trying to be liked rather than respected 2 Not asking members of the team for advice and help 3 Thwarting talent by emphasizing rules rather than skills 4 Not keeping criticism constructive 5 Not developing a sense of responsibility in team members 6 Treating everyone the same way7 Failing to keep people informed 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 LeaderThe Learned LeaderThe Latent Leader..The Limited Leader 2 Management is the process of 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 LeaderThe Learned LeaderThe Latent Leader..The Limited Leader 2 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 vision and motivating people 3 Listed below are some characteristics that must be exhibited with excellence before advancement to the next level is possible Level I Position RightsLevel 2 Permission RelationshipLevel 3 Production Results..Level 4 People Development Reproduction.Level 5 Personhood Respect 4 Success can be defined as the progressive realization of a predetermined goal This definition tells us that the discipline to prioritize and the ability to work toward a stated goal are essential to a leader s success In fact, I believe they are the key to leadership 5 Integrity is not what we do so much as who we are And who we are in turn, determines what we do Our system of values is so much a part of us we cannot separate it from ourselves It becomes the navigating system that guides us It establishes priorities in our lives and judges what we will accept or reject 6 1 Integrity builds trust.2 Integrity has high influence value 3 Integrity facilitates high standards A Integrity results in a solid reputation, Not just an image 5 Integrity means living it MYSELF BEFORE LEADING OTHERS.6 Integrity helps a leader be credible, NOT JUST CLEVER 7 Integrity is a hard won achievement 7 Theyou change, theyou become an instrument of change in the lives of others If you want to become a change agent, you also must change 8 WHY PEOPLE RESIST CHANGE The change isn t self initiatedRoutine is disruptedChange creates fear of the unknownThe purpose of the change is unclearChange creates fear of failureThe rewards for change don t match THE EFFORT CHANGE REQUIRESPeople are too satisfied with the way things areChange won t happen when people ENGAGE IN NEGATIVE THINKINGThe followers lack respect for the leaderThe leader is susceptible to feelings OF PERSONAL criticismChange may mean personal lossChange requires additional commitmentNarrow mindedness thwarts acceptance of new ideasTradition resists change 9 People change when they hurt enough they have to change learn enough they want to change receive enough they are able to change The leader must recognize when people are in one of these three stages In fact, top leaders create an atmosphere that causes one of these three things to occur 10 Great leaders understand that the right attitude will set the right atmosphere which enables the right responses from others 11 My success in developing others will depend on how well I accomplish each of the following Value of people This is an issue of my attitude Commitment to people This is an issue of my time Integrity with people This is an issue of my character Standard for people This is an issue of my vision Influence over people This is an issue of my leadership 12 Successful people developers give THE RIGHT ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLEI need to work out their strengths and work on their weaknessesI must give them myselfI must give them ownershipI must give them every chance for success 13 My observation over the last twenty years has been that all effective leaders have a vision of what they must accomplish That vision becomes the energy behind every effort and the force that pushes through all the problems With vision, the leader is on a mission and a contagious spirit is felt among the crowd until others begin to rise alongside the leader Unity is essential for the dream to be realized Long hours of labor are given gladly to accomplish the goal Individual rights are set aside because the whole is muchimportant than the part Time flies morale soars upward, heroic stories are told, and commitment is the watchword Why Because the leader has a vision 14 The process for developing personal disciplineStart WITH YOURSELFStart earlyStart smallStart nowOrganize your lifeWelcome responsibilityAccept accountabilityDevelop IntegrityPay now, play laterBecome character driven instead of emotion driven 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 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 with his staff, it feels contrived, or serves to boost his ego Because he didn t weave a personal story throughout the book, supporting it here and there with quotes and excerpts from outside sources, I feel like this book doesn t have a cohesiveness, and falls apart like bad pie dough.Some of his tips are good, but some are so basic especially his Organize Your Life tips in the last chapter , they were just very obvious common sense things that a person at any level would have already figured out on their own.Another thing that may seem like nitpicking but it really bugs me , is the amount of typos strewn throughout this book, especially in the last third of it It makes me wonder if the proofreader got just as tired of reading this as I did, and gave up near the end.Overall, if I were looking for a book on Leadership, I d look for someone who uses his or her own experiences and delivers them in ahumble and tangible way.Oh, and if GoodReads would let me, I d give this less than one star 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. 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 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 support his assertions with relevant, frequently pithy quotations he does Where Maxwell stumbles is on numerous fundamental assumptions which underlie the initial desire to write a book such as this.The central flaw which runs throughout this work is the implication that Maxwell s approach to leadership represents the singular correct approach This assumption, in turn, gives birth to several others Written, ostensibly, from a Christian perspective, I would suggest that Maxwell has lost sight of what is, arguably, one of the central and most fundamental passages in the New Testament, the Sermon on the Mount What emerges from Maxwell s pen is a guidebook on how to most successfully conform to the things of this world, not how to love one another In other words, he takes it as a given that the world view under which we all labor is without flaw, whereas the essence of the Christian ethic is that we live in a broken world which we are commissioned to improve upon selflessly, to the fullest extent possible.Maxwell comes from a long line of similar thinkers who insist that anything other than the power of positive thinking is an affront to all that is good and noble in this world This general philosophical bent describes a bee line to such dubious schools of thought as the prosperity gospel and the law of attraction, both of which certainly seem true to those who both believe in them and experience good luck Maxwell would have us believe that luck is a fiction, which is a cruel requirement to foist upon one s fellow beings.To take a few examples, Maxwell asserts that great leaders should hire only the best people But who is to say who those best are By what measure are we to judge Well, apparently he would exclude anyone with so called personal problems Yet I myself have yet to meet any human being who does not suffer from such problems So, seemingly, Maxwell advocates the hiring of people who exist in a state of delusional denial Or, perhaps, who are simply clever and convincing liars It certainly makes the reader wonder what Maxwell s own closet contains.Elsewhere he makes the point that, Continued success is a result of continued improvement This, of course, raises the question of how we define success Is it to be measured in terms of worldliness and material gain or in terms of how much good we bring to the meek, the weak, and the downtrodden, whether tangible or otherwise But aside from that question, Maxwell posits something which is, in point of fact, an impossibility Improvement is a form of growth and, as such, cannot be continual No system can grow forever and at all times When we exercise to build strength, we do not we cannot flex our muscles unremittingly We must flex and then relax, flex and relax, flex and relax Germination precedes growth and,to the point, is absolutely, strictly necessary.As to the strong implication, reiterated throughout this book, that a positive attitude is a prerequisite for living a successful, and, what s , a morally acceptable, life, I would counter that this is not compatible with Christian teaching as found in the Bible I know there are many, many Christians pastors and theologians among them who insist that the Bible supports this point of view, but I stand by my conviction I would refer readers, particularly, to Ecclesiastes 3 1 8, as well as countless passages throughout the book of Job Jesus was plagued by doubts and sorrow at various points throughout the New Testament And the Old Testament prophets, generally acknowledged as the harbingers of the coming Messiah, express so called negativity and discontent over and over and over again Let me be clear I do not advocate a gloom and doom view of the world, but, rather, a balanced and realistic view which, I believe, is entirely in line with Christian teaching.I could raise manyobjections to Maxwell s work It is poorly organized and vague in the extreme For example, consider the titles of three of the ten chapters The Key to Leadership Priorities, The Most Important Ingredient of Leadership Integrity, and The Indispensable Quality of Leadership Vision It seems that the key, the most important ingredient, and the indispensable quality are all distinct, although I fail to understand how Maxwell s text is frequently repetitive, too In several instances passages are repeated, verbatim, in their entirety His reliance on snarky quotations and anecdotes is at first amusing and sometimes insightful, but wears thin quickly The result is a feeling that Maxwell has simply stirred together a huge collection of platitudes inor less random sequence without adding much by way of his own original thought or giving us the benefit of his unique experiences in life Finally, the veracity of the author himself is drawn into question when he asserts that, in addition to functioning as lead pastor to a large church and heading an organization devoted to educating leaders, he also, purportedly, makes 400 public appearances per year The end pages list no less that 38 books he s written, which may providethan a little insight into why this particular volume seems half baked and perfunctory.My best advice if you want to develop leadership skills Put down the books, stop shelling out for seminars and summits, stop listening to the experts, and do, do, do 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 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 are When you love your followers genuinely and correctly, they ll respect and follow you through many changes Human behavior studies show that people do not basically resist change they resist being changed Once the facts are clear, the decisions jump out at you Peter DruckerSimple plan to help a person change some wrong attitudes Say the right words, Read the right books, Listen to the right tapes, Be with the right people, Do the right things, Pray the right prayer The one who influences others to follow only is a leader with certain limitations The one who influences others to lead others is a leader without limitations On self discipline The sooner they can take control of their desires and submit them to life s demands, thesuccessful they will become 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 withpurpose.I especially liked the chapters about self dicipline and priorities. Good principles and takeaways here especially for someone like me who is relatively new to leadership. 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 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 growth and development of the student, including character development, which is the what teachers should really be concerned with, as much as with the TEKS as each state requires As John Maxwell puts it The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership I believe that character is the ultimate goal of education and that academics will come as the character is developed Great job, John Maxwell Very easy to read and understand and put concepts into practice in your own life as well as in those you influence and lead 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 "/>
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Developing the Leader Within You
  • John C. Maxwell
  • English
  • 11 August 2018
  • 0785281126