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In this early work, leadership expert John C. Maxwell lays out 10 principles of leadership and team building. According to Maxwell, leaders are not born; instead, they develop their skills throughout a lifetime of practice. Perhaps because he was a minister for 25 years, Maxwell is somewhat overly fond of well-worn anecdotes and even ditties, but some readers will find that his charts, pull-quotes, bulleted lists and cartoons help make his ideas easily accessible. getAbstract recommends this book to beginning managers who want to learn leadership and to experienced ones who want to progress farther.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why learning to lead is crucial to your success;
  • What the five levels of leadership are;
  • How to use 10 basic principles that can help you become a leader; and
  • How to develop your leadership skills.

About the Author

John C. Maxwell develops leadership materials and has consulted for Fortune 500 companies and professional sports organizations. He is the author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 360 Degree Leader.



Learning to Lead
No matter how good you are at your work, how ambitious your goals are, and how much energy and stamina you have, if you're not a leader, none of it guarantees your success, since, "The effectiveness of your work will never rise above your ability to lead and influence...

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    Janne Ohtonen 7 years ago
    This is a fantastic abstract and I recommend getting the book also. I started to highlight all the important stuff in this abstract and I ended up highlighting pretty much the whole abstract :)

    There is something funny with the numbering of chapters in this abstract (many chapters are number 1), but it doesn't really matter, because the text itself is loaded with value. I wish it was so easy to do everything that is in there as it is to read.
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      Koni Gebistorf 7 years ago
      Dear Ms. Ohtonen, thanks for your nice comment. There's certainly a reason why John Maxwell is so immensely popular. Thanks also for mentioning the formatting problem; we'll look into that and correct it.
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      Janne Ohtonen 7 years ago
      Mr ;)
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      Koni Gebistorf 7 years ago
      Oh, I'm sorry! Under "My Account" (top right), you can adjust your personal information if you want, including Mr./Ms. – Koni Gebistorf, getAbstract

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