Summary of The 360° Leader

Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

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The 360° Leader book summary
Leaders can come from any desk in the company, including yours, if you can manage up, down and across, all 360 degrees.


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Frequent author John C. Maxwell applies his career counseling formula to another aspect of leadership: how people in the middle of large organizations can add to their company's leadership equation. His popular books rely on long lists of myths, challenges, principles, rules or values. Each one is identified, numbered (Maxwell is a firm believer in the power of numerical orderliness) and accompanied by an example or uplifting story - often making it unclear whether the book is inspirational, instructional or both. In practice, will people refer to these lists, or simply draw from Maxwell's major concepts? Although leadership defies a static definition, getAbstract believes this book may come in handy for enlightened senior and middle managers, as well as for those who are involved in developing up-and-coming managers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to define a "360-degree leader;"
  • How to lead from anywhere in the organization; and
  • How to "lead up," "lead down" and "lead across" affecting your subordinates, peers and supervisors.


Lead from the Middle
Most organizations are hierarchical and follow a top-down leadership approach. But in actuality, 99% of all leadership decisions come from the middle of an organization. This presents an opportunity for most people to lead, so you don't have to be a senior executive...
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About the Author

John C. Maxwell is an expert on leadership. He founded Injoy Stewardship Services and other leadership development organizations. He has written more than 40 books, including Winning with People, Thinking for a Change and Developing the Leader Within You.

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    John Halgren 3 months ago
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    Zendy Esparas 5 months ago
    Great read!
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    Sylvester Morgan 3 years ago
    Excellent book! Highly recommend to current and aspiring leaders.

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