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The Leader’s Greatest Return

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The Leader’s Greatest Return

Attracting, Developing, and Multiplying Leaders

HarperCollins Leadership,

15 min read
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John C. Maxwell teaches you how to handle leadership development.

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Prolific best-selling leadership author John C. Maxwell – with more than 31 million books sold – argues that the ultimate measurement of a leader’s success is his or her ability to build other people’s capacity to become leaders in turn. Maxwell has long been an inspirational figure in this field. In 10 clear steps, he applies all he has learned to teach current bosses the crucial skill of developing future leaders.


To cultivate new leaders in your firm, follow a 10-step program.

Businesses worldwide are experiencing a serious leadership deficit. Organizations of all types need more leaders, and current leaders must develop them.

Building the next generation of leaders takes time, energy and effort, but the return on investment is terrific. When current leaders build future leaders, everyone comes out ahead.

1. “Identify” potential leaders and help them grow.

To figure out who your potential leaders are, answer six questions:

  1. “What is needed? – Define the primary roles and responsibilities future leaders will fulfill.
  2. “Who has leadership potential within the organization? – These employees understand your corporate culture and have influence inside your company. Chris Hodges, founder of the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, suggests considering many people and focusing on those who excel at bringing out the best in those around them.
  3. “Who has leadership potential outside of...

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a New York Times best-selling author, coach and speaker. He founded The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation.

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