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Developing the Leader Within You 2.0

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Developing the Leader Within You 2.0

HarperCollins Leadership,

15 min read
11 take-aways
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What's inside?

Good leaders have influence, passion, character – and get results. Bad leaders face consequences.

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  • Engaging


In this developmental guidebook, leadership expert and prolific author John C. Maxwell lays out the requirements for being a good leader – and the consequences of bad leadership – all backed up with illustrative, engaging case histories. He explains how to develop the character traits necessary for leadership and how to foster the other qualities a great leader should possess. Maxwell’s easy-to-read book also discusses how to inspire, motivate and influence the people you lead.


Strong leadership requires mastery of 10 basic capabilties. 

In the past, companies often failed to pay much attention to identifying and fostering leadership skills. Now, however, most firms understand that capable leaders make things better for the people they lead. Leadership development is, thus, a true business imperative.  

Developing effective leadership abilities is challenging – but that challenge isn’t the only reason that many people who could become leaders decide not to try. Often those who could lead, but don’t think it’s possible, succumb to some of these negative beliefs:

  • “I’m not a ‘born leader,’ so I can’t lead” – Leadership is not a function of your birth. Of course, some people start out in life with an abundance of “natural gifts” and advantages that help them become leaders. Nevertheless, anyone can become an effective leader with effort and hard work.
  • “A title and seniority will automatically make me a leader” – That’s not how leadership works. People won’t line up to follow you because of your lofty...

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a New York Times-bestselling author, coach and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books in 50 languages. He founded the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, EQUIP and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation. He wrote a workbook that accompanies this book, as well as many other leadership titles, including Ethics 101, Winning With People, Thinking for a Change, The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork and Developing the Leaders Around You.

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