05 August 2012

The 360 Degree Leader By John C. Maxwell: Book Review

The 360 Degree Leader Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization
By John C. Maxwell

The 360 degree Leader starts with the 7 myths believed by many people who lead from the middle of organizations, followed by the 7 challenges, the 9 principles to lead up, the 7 principles to lead across, and the 7 principles to lead down. The 360 degree Leader explains clearly that leadership is important for everyone at every level of an organization (i.e. lead up, lead across and lead down); leadership is about influence instead of position. Influence means to become a person whom people will want to follow. Besides, John C. Maxwell also shows the difference between developing versus equipping people. A workbook is also provided so that readers can immediately validate their understanding about the idea of the 360 degree leadership. A free of charge 360 Degree leadership assessment is provided to those have purchased the book.

I believe a worth collectable book should consist two factors. The first factor is it should be interesting enough as a story book that attract your attention unconsciously, in such ways that the reading process is relax and enjoyable. The second factor is the content of the book should be useful enough as a dictionary that contains and useful information to benefit the development of your interested areas. After reading The 360 degree Leader by John C. Maxwell, I have labelled it as one of my worth collectable books.  I am very appreciated to have one copy of The 360 degree leadership that either give me new insights or re-call me the vital ideas to improve my life from time to time in the future. Some interesting and inspiring points from this resourceful fascinating book (from The 360 degree Leader) have been jotted down as follows:
"The true measure of leadership is influence - nothing more, nothing less."
"Leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit."
"...becoming a good leader is a lifelong learning process."
"people should strike for the top of their game, not the top of the organization."
"no matter what our circumstances, our greatest limitation isn't the leader above us - it's the spirit within us."
"leader in the middle usually experience the multi-hat (role) challenge on a daily basis."
"Concentrate more on your duties than your dream."
"the only way to move up from the middle is to gradually shift from generalist to specialist, from someone who does many things well to someone who focuses on a few things she does exceptionally well."
"Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about themselves, and small people talk about others."
"Lead yourself - if you wouldn't follow yourself, why should anyone else?"
"... lead through influence, not position, power, or leverage."
"... take time and effort to earn influence with their followers."
"... people with huge potential are going to be successful anyway."
"Winning the high jump requires one person who can jump seven feet, not seven people who can jump one feet." "develop the talent you have, not the one you want."
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."

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Review by: Xaivier Chia

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I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com http://BookSneeze.com; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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