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Leadership Gold

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Leadership Gold

Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading

HarperCollins Leadership,

15 min read
10 take-aways
Audio & text

What's inside?

Twenty-six “gold nuggets” of insight from leadership guru John C. Maxwell

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  • Well Structured


After years of writing and lecturing about leadership, and after decades of practicing it, John C. Maxwell created this book as a reflection on all he has learned about guiding others. He shares leadership lessons he experienced firsthand as well as those culled from other experts. His 26 “gold nuggets” address various aspects of leadership, such as developing relationships, nurturing tomorrow’s leaders, and recognizing and responding to “defining moments.” At the end of each chapter, Maxwell offers “Application Exercises” to show readers how to put the lessons to practical use, and “Mentoring Moments” to help them teach the principles to others. As in most of Maxwell’s books, his strength lies not in his originality but in his ability to distill offerings from many different sources into pithy quotes and simple, easy-to-learn portions. Maxwell readers will encounter much familiar wisdom but, nonetheless, getAbstract finds that this is a warm and helpful text for emerging and current leaders in every field.


“Harnessing the Power of Many”

Leadership takes effort, dedication and a commitment to improve and learn. What does it mean to be a leader? It means readily “putting oneself at risk” and being willing to “stand out in a crowd.” Leaders aren’t content with the status quo; they are driven to create meaningful change. While others fixate on limitations, leaders perceive opportunities. They are responsible yet daring, humble yet inspiring. By caring about those around them, they “liberate the ideas, energy and capacities of others.”

“Truths About the Top”

Contrary to the popular saying “It’s lonely at the top,” good leadership is not a solitary pursuit. If you separate yourself from your team members, you’ll lose sight of their needs, dreams and ambitions. You can’t help them if you don’t know them. To stay connected, do away with “positional thinking.” Don’t use your authority to push others into doing what you want. Instead, develop relationships so you can pursue shared goals. When people feel that you care about them, they will show interest in what you have to say. Scrambling up the corporate ladder without developing relationships along the way puts you in...

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker and author who has sold more than 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP, a nonprofit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries worldwide. Each year he speaks to the leaders of diverse organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, the National Football League, the United StatesMilitary Academy at West Point and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books that have sold more than a million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. He regularly postsnew content on his website,

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    R. K. 2 years ago
    Very good topic the topic help to improve to make good leader
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    J. O. 1 decade ago
    As told in recommendation of getAbstract, there is some repetition, but anyway information in this abstract is truly valuable. It is much easier to read those gold nuggets from a book than to actually apply them into your life. I think that if leaders would apply even some oh these ideas, they would become better leaders. I recommend reading this abstract and if you really want to develop yourself further as a leader, then get the whole version of the book also. This abstract gives something both for young leaders looking for advice from more experienced ones and old leaders who want to increase their depth of leadership skills.

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