- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Nelson Books (Aug. 27 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785288392
- ISBN-13: 978-0785288398
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Becoming A Person Of Influence Paperback – Aug 27 2006
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About the Author
John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold 25 million books, is called America’s #1 leadership authority. In 2014, Maxwell received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, and was named the worlds more influential leadership expert by Inc. and Business Insider. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained more than 5 million leaders in 188 countries. For more information visit JohnMaxwell.com.
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Maybe it's because the majority of the content is repeated from Maxwell's other books. It's not unusual to find two or three quotes or excerpts from other books on each page, which limits the amount of "original" material and seriously hampers the flow. It almost appears that Maxwell and Dornan wrote separately, then did their best to cut-and-paste the two scripts later.
The book considers four levels of influence: model, motivate, mentor and multiply. It does its best to weave those levels into ten chapters whose titles combine to spell "influencer" -- Integrity with people, Nurtures other people, Faith in people, Listens to people, Understands people, Enlarges people, Navigates for other people, Connects with people, Empowers people and Reproduces other influencers.
Perhaps this book would be more effective if you hadn't read any Maxwell books before. It would definitely be best to search through the book for individual nuggets of wisdom rather than try to pull one clear, solid message from these pages. Sadly, the nuggets that you pull are more likely to come from the quotes and excerpts than the original content. This isn't a bad book, but it's definitely not Maxwell's best.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
While waiting during Jury duty selections I was able to read the entire book (you gotta love it) and it was hard to put down (until the Judge said so). Many other potential Jurors saw the book and asked about it and where ready to get one themselves after I told them a few of the things inside!
I write training and development manuals/courses for a major wholesale warehouse club and I used quite a few of the practices mentioned in a recent supervisor training manual and indicated this is a 'recommended reading'. In fact I mentioned several pages and chapters they were to refer to while reading the manual.
If you wish to be not only a better manager or supervisor but a more empowering person in general you must get this book. It is one of the most easy to read books around (visually appealing and the text is not 'tight' or 'crowded') and the concepts are also easy to understand and put into practice right away!
Bottom line: purchase this book. The price is insignificant (and the price is really not that high on amazon) compared to the skills you will acquire (which will probablly lead to a higher position anyways!).
For anyone who works with groups of people (and especially youth) you will find this book to be a great addition to your library. I especially enjoyed the worksheets at the end of each chapter as they were tangible ways of putting theory into practice.
This book is very easy to read, but as with most good books in this category, take notes or be willing to re-read chapters as there is almost too much good information. Most books offer nuggets--this one is a serious gold rush.
The leadership team I work with spent two weeks on Chapter 3 (A person of influence has Faith in People). I thought this was one of the best chapters in any of Maxwell's books and this will become a permanent part of our leadership program.
A great gift for graduating college students or folks newly elected to positions of leadership.
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