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This brief, inspirational book uses a now-classic formula for texts on selling and leadership, although its focus on cooperation and following the leader is unusual. Each chapter starts with a short anecdote about a historic figure’s accomplishments, and his or her triumph over adversity. The vignettes demonstrate the lessons that author John C. Maxwell then briefly discusses in the rest of the chapter. The “laws” the author promulgates benefit from the stories’ afterglow and are less important than the stories themselves. Memorable quotations and sidebars that support the author’s main points round off each lesson. Maxwell is an expert at wielding this formula, perhaps because he helped make it a classic, and a star in the inspirational self-help genre. getAbstract recommends his book as a pick-me-up for team members and aspiring leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What 17 qualities good team members must have;
  • How these qualities build teams; and
  • How famous people have exemplified these traits.

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a leadership expert, speaker and the author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and Developing the Leader Within You.



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