Book Category: Leadership, Motivational,

Developing the Leader Within You (book summary)

Author: John C. Maxwell
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Quick Summary

Maxwell’s Developing the Leader Within You provides an extensive breakdown of the essential qualities of a true leader.

Key Insights

  • You have to discover leadership
  • Leadership is the ability to obtain followers
  • Everyone can become a great leader
  • Leadership is influence
  • Change the leader, change the organization
  • Be open to change; i.e. Henry Ford example
  • Never solve a problem for a person
  • Work on yourself first, than others
  • Nothing moves until your people make it move
  • Don’t be afraid to fire

Personal Application

  • Hold yourself and others more accountable to attitude (i.e. Robert Half Study; 2-7 were attitude based)
  • Be more encouraging to others; find what motivates them (10 Rules)
  • Become better at confrontation; follow the 10 Commandments

Meaningful Quotes (Optional)

“Leadership has has less to do with position than it does with disposition.”

“The most important single ingredient to the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”

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