John Maxwell on Leadership

26 Jan

The Leadership HandbookBook Review: The Leadership Handbook: 26 critical lessons every leader needs, by John C. Maxwell

The Leadership Handbook: 26 critical lessons every leader needs is a pretty typical offering from author John Maxwell. You will find good principles, funny stories, practical lessons, insightful quotes, but zero biblical content. He includes ideas like, “Don’t send your duck to eagle school,” “If it’s lonely at the top, you’re not doing something right,” “Be a connector, not just a climber,” and many more. While the material is good, the book does not present any new insights as this volume is a rerelease of his book Leadership Gold, which was originally published in 2008.

Maxwell’s recommendation is that the reader take one chapter per week or every other week so you have time to think through the principles. Each lesson stands on its own rather than build on previous ones. Each lesson ends with several application exercises to help the reader put the lesson into practice in his or her life. There is also a mentoring moment at the end of each principle for those who want to invest in the next generation.

I was disappointed after discovering the book was a rerelease of his previous work. I expected new insights rather than old ones. Needless to say, that colors my view of this volume. I also found it a bit self-promoting when the author quoted himself and his previous works.

If the reader is not familiar with Maxwell’s work, you will find the material helpful. However, if you are familiar with his work, you might be disappointed as I was.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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.


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Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Books, Leadership


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