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January 6, 2006

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects: The 360 Degree Leader

By: Jack @ 6:15 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The 360 Degree Leader by John C. Maxwell, Nelson Business, 336 pages, $24.99 Hardcover, January 2006, ISBN 0785260927
Let's start with the facts. John C. Maxwell is a book making machine. He has more than 40 books under his belt--two of which are mega hits: 1) "Developing the Leader Within You" and 2) The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. That's not all. He also travels around the world to speak and consult on leadership.
This book was written to address a question Maxwell hears all the time, "How do I apply leadership principles if I'm not the boss?"
Good question. Maxwell answers that question in this easy-to-read book. The book is loaded with lists, including: the seven myths of leading from the middle of an organization, the seven challenges a 360-degree leader faces, the nine principles 360-degree leaders practice to lead up, and the seven principles that 360-degree leaders practice to lead across. You get the idea. The chapters are easy to digest and are loaded with stories that do a great job of illustrating his points. For example, from myth #3 leading from the middle, The Influence Myth, Maxwell tells the story:
I once read that President Woodrow Wilson had a housekeeper who constantly lamented that she and her husband didn't possess a more prestigious position in life. One day the lady approached the president after she heard that the secretary of labor had resigned from the administration.
'President Wilson,' she said, 'my husband is perfect for this vacant position. He is a laboring man, knows what labor is, and understands laboring people. Please consider him when you appoint the new secretary of labor.'
'I appreciate your recommendation,' answered Wilson, 'but you must remember, the secretary of labor is an important position. It requires an influential person.'
'But,' the housekeeper said, 'if you made my husband the secretary of labor, he would be an influential person.'

The chapter goes on the state, "you may be able to grant someone a position, but you cannot grant them real leadership. Influence must be earned."
This book will help you in numerous ways. It will help you become a better team player and it will help you understand that you control your world.
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