New York Times best-selling author and leadership expert John Maxwell offers practical insight into learning how to lead the person who matters most-yourself.
The path to leadership begins with a question only few of us ask: How do I lead myself? John Maxwell presents twenty-six insights, not just for those who aspire to positions of leadership but also for veteran leaders who aim to build and improve upon the steps that led them to the front of the line.
Sound leadership will impact any endeavor, but sound leaders are prepared for risk-and importantly, failure-just as they point the way toward achievement. With application exercises and a “Mentoring Moment” to accompany each chapter, The Leadership Handbook presents a road map for a path many may cross but few choose to follow. “A leader,” counsels Maxwell, “never has to recover from a good start.”
Maxwell is a favorite of mine, since I started reading his books, I’m always looking for new additions to my collection. When I discovered The Leadership Handbook was available for review, I didn’t hesitate. The Leadership Handbook was previously published under the name, Leadership Gold.
Unlike other books by Maxwell, this one is focused on the leader itself, not on the leader’s relationships or on the leader’s team, although it certainly can be applied to those areas.
Each chapter deals with a specific topic, and if you have read Maxwell before, then you’ll know the structure he uses for every one of his books: a short introduction about the topic, a personal experience he uses as an example, some interesting and deep quotes by leaders in different areas around the world, a conclusion with more personal anecdotes and a personal application.
This is not bad at all, actually it makes everything easier to understand and don’t get lost in the way. In The Leadership Handbook, Maxwell also added two final sections in each chapter called Application Exercises and Mentoring Moment. The first one focused on the reader, the second one focused on the leader’s followers.
My copy of The Leadership Handbook is full of highlighted text and bookmarks because every chapter was not only interesting and full of good information, but also because there were a lot of challenges to be taken. I strongly recommend this book to any person trying to improve in his or her leadership skills.
I received this book for free from the Booklook Bloggers program for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.