If I read this book and apply what I learn, will I be a better leader? The answer is "yes". The content of this book is both good and it's practical. Although you may learn most of what it takes to be a leader on the job, by trying things out, by observing how you do them, and adjusting how you do things in the future, this book can help guide your learning of your role as a leader.
Throughout this book, the author gives, at the end of each chapter, a section on applying the lesson the book teaches to your life. Maxwell also continually reminds you that "Leadership develops daily, not in a day." You can count on improved results if you use the book to guide your actions.
This book is also written well enough that anyone can move through it easily and learn its lessons. There is excellent use of stories and examples, which can help you learn and understand. Key points are also highlighted throughout the book and the writing is smooth and easy to read.
If you're just starting out as a leader, this book can provide you with a self-development road map to guide you. If you have been in leadership for a while, this book will give you a refresher as well as new insights. Regardless of your situation, this book will give you inspiration to do things differently and better.
This is a good foundation for learning leadership skills. Maxwell provides clear and practical methods to develop leadership skills. Many books need to be read on this subject but this is a good one to be included in the list.
Yes, Maxwell writes and practices laws of leadership. I found some to be overlapping while others were more like pillars. His use of a broad scope of examples and references was great, but I am not a real fan of his.
In any case, quick and easy read. He's certainly worth a read even if you don't agree with the laws.
This book is a very important read for anyone who studies leadership. He has created a course outline through his well written and concise laws of leadership. Each law is unique and teaches very different aspects of leadership to the reader. He includes relevent and timely examples from his own career as well as historical and current examples to illustrate the law and help the reader understand its importance. I particularly liked how easy it was to read this book. The topic of leadership can be very dry and technical if an author chooses, but Maxwell's style is a pleasure to read.
The 21 laws begin at the beginning discussing people's potential for leadership and end by discussing a person's legacy. "The Law of the Lid" uses McDonald's creators as an example of a people who have a low capacity for leadership, but the man who bought McDonald's from these brothers, Ray Kroc, has a very high capacity for leadership and made McDonald's the global giant that we know today. "The Law of Legacy" discusses what happens after you are gone. Ask yourself the question 'what will people say about me when I'm gone' and try to give an honest answer. This is an example of the type of thinking that is generated by reading this book.
Each chapter ends with an application section for the reader to evaluate their effectiveness. Maxwell asks the readers to do serious work to try to understand themselves and he helps find ways to improve in each area. The applications often include involving colleagues or trusted friends to help the reader do an honest evaluation. It is difficult to evaluate yourself honestly without the input of others.
Perhaps the most comforting thing that Maxwell says in this book is that no one does all 21 of the laws well! However, it is important to understand all of the laws and continue to work to sharpen your abilities in each area. One of the most important things that a leader can do is surround yourself with people who compliment you. In order to do that, a leader has needs to have a clear view of who they are. This book is one of the answers to the question of "who am I as a leader and what can I do to be better".
If you've never read The 21 IrrefutableLaws of Leadership, you've been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you'll love this new expanded and updated one.
Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better:
Every Law of Leadership has been sharpened and updated Seventeen new leadership stories are included Two new Laws of Leadership are introduced New evaluation tool will reveal your leadership strengths-and weaknesses New application exercises in every chapter will help you grow
Why would Dr. Maxwell make changes to his best-selling book?
"A book is a conversation between the author and reader," says Maxwell. "It's been ten years since I wrote The 21 Laws of Leadership. I've grown a lot since then. I've taught these laws in dozens of countries around the world. This new edition gives me the opportunity to share what I've learned."