Great Book!, June 20, 2008
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader takes a refreshingly straightforward approach to personal growth. With firm structure, writer John C. Maxwell outlines the essential traits that great leaders have in common, like courage, passion, and focus. One chapter is given over to every trait, accompanied by inspiring quotes, anecdotes, practical suggestions, and interactive reflections. Though many of Maxwell's ideas aren't new, careful consideration is given to each character quality and its appropriate role in the life of a modern leader.
While the chapters combine to create an entire picture of the effective leader, each one also stands on its own as a fully imagined motivational manual. Engaging anecdotes, like the story of missionary Elisabeth Elliot and her courageous humanitarian efforts in Ecuador, provide context and a rich human texture to each chapter. Taking a page from his own handbook, Maxwell understands that a great leader must first listen to others, so he begins each section with relevant quotes from leaders in business, science, and even sports to spark a conversation with the reader. Broken down so neatly, discussions of the leadership qualities can be easily digested and referenced later to be re-read as affirmations or shared with others.
In Maxwell's opinion, anyone can be a leader, but they must transform from the inside out. Though The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader is a must for managers and community heads, it will surely help bring out the leader in anyone. There is practical advice for leading a business, leading a family, and most vitally, leading oneself. And if you are able to become the leader that you want to be, you'll find there's nothing in this world you cannot do,' says Maxwell. This comprehensive handbook is simple and sensible without losing heart.