The 360 Degree Leader Paperback – Jan 10 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
In this latest treatise, leadership mega-guru Maxwell (The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership) taps a rich vein of corporate angst: the plight of the middle manager, saddled with responsibilities but lacking real power, torn by conflicting tasks and time-management dilemmas, seething with thwarted ambition. As Macbeth shows, it's a predicament fraught with tragic potential, but the staid, platitudinous treatment given it by Maxwell and ghostwriter Charlie Wetzel drains away the drama. They generally counsel acceptance of limitations. Maxwell tells middle managers to work diligently in subordinate positions, support the CEO's vision, find the good in incompetent or malevolent leaders, infiltrate their bosses' emotional lives ("Listen to your leader's heartbeat.... What makes them laugh?... Cry?.... Sing?") and "stand up for your leader whenever you can." They can thus exert an unsung but crucial "influence" over higherups, while themselves practicing a higher, sublimated form of leadership by selflessly nurturing the potential of their own colleagues and underlings. Unfortunately, Maxwell's practical advice boils down to vague truisms ("when you find a problem, provide a solution") or clichés ("If your boss is a golfer, you may want to take up the game"). His bland injunctions to resignation, patience and self-effacement are unobjectionable, but also uninspiring. (Jan. 10)
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About the Author
John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 13 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services.
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In his usual polished style, Maxwell tells stories gleaned from business and leadership. He has gathered quotes from around the world and weaves them together to teach about leadership and success.
Maxwell begins by dismissing many myths about leadership. He argues that we need to lead wherever we are. We need to begin thinking about being leaders long before we are recognized as being part of leadership because there are tangible benefits both now and in the future.
Maxwell carries on by explaining where our influence lies, specifically in these 5 areas:
1. Position - Influence because of your role.
2. Permission - Influence because of your character.
3. Production - Influence because of your production.
4. People Development - Influence because of who you've mentored.
5. Personhood - Influence because of your personality.
John Maxwell also focuses on direction of leadership ' up, across, and down.
When leading up well, we must help our leaders by anticipating what our leaders need and then shouldering some of their load. It is also important to anticipate and use the time we have well, getting to know them and how to work with them.
When leading across well, we need to complete rather than compete, being a friend rather than a competitor.
When leading down, place people where they will thrive, modeling the behaviours you with to see. In the end, you are most effective as a leader when your vision is clear and you reward the behaviours you want to see.Read more ›
This book provides great advice for those people who are not the CEO but who have drive and ambition to contribute and lead like one. With a firm grasp of leadership principles, coupled with extensive conventional wisdom regarding relationships, Maxwell delivers a great book on making the most of your leadership potential even if you're not at the top.
And, for CEO's and other top leaders, there is a helpful section at the back for making positive investments into the lives of up and coming leaders in your organization.
Well worth the read.
Leading from middle is a life lessons for almost everybody. This book provides you the global picture for this topic. I read each chapter over and over. And I feel extremely exciting when I can practice things I learnt or affirmed from this book.
You cannot miss it if you want be a blessing of your people!