The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person that People Want to Follow

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In the tradition of his CBA bestseller The 21 Irrefutable laws of Leadership and his sell-out seminars, author John C. Maxwell now provides a concise, accessible leadership book that helps readers become more effective leaders from the inside out. Daily readings highlight twenty-one essential leadership qualities and include "Reflecting On It" and "Bringing It Home" sections which help readers integrate and apply each day's material.

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Overview

In the tradition of his CBA bestseller The 21 Irrefutable laws of Leadership and his sell-out seminars, author John C. Maxwell now provides a concise, accessible leadership book that helps readers become more effective leaders from the inside out. Daily readings highlight twenty-one essential leadership qualities and include "Reflecting On It" and "Bringing It Home" sections which help readers integrate and apply each day's material.

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Ken Blanchard
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader gets straight to the heart of leadership issues. Maxwell once again touches on the process of developing the art of leadership by giving the reader practical tools and insights into developing the qualities found of great leaders.
— Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785274407
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.35 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1New York Timesbestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Maxwell was identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. He is the founder of the
John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP. He can be followed atTwitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information visitJohnMaxwell.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments VII
Introduction IX
1 CHARACTER: Be a Piece of the Rock 1
2 CHARISMA: The First Impression Can Seal the Deal 8
3 COMMITMENT: It Separates Doers from Dreamers 15
4 COMMUNICATION: Without It You Travel Alone 23
5 COMPETENCE: If You Build It, They Will Come 30
6 COURAGE: One Person with Courage Is a Majority 37
7 DISCERNMENT: Put an End to Unsolved Mysteries 44
8 FOCUS: The Sharper It Is, the Sharper You Are 51
9 GENEROSITY: Your Candle Loses Nothing When It Lights Another 58
10 INITIATIVE: You Won't Leave Home Without It 66
11 LISTENING: To Connect with Their Hearts, Use Your Ears 74
12 PASSION: Take This Life and Love It 81
13 POSITIVE ATTITUDE: If You Believe You Can, You Can 88
14 PROBLEM SOLVING: You Can't Let Your Problems Be a Problem 95
15 RELATIONSHIPS: If You Get Along, They'll Go Along 103
16 RESPONSIBILITY: If You Won't Carry the Ball, You Can't Lead the Team 111
17 SECURITY: Competence Never Compensates for Insecurity 118
18 SELF-DISCIPLINE: The First Person You Lead Is You 125
19 SERVANTHOOD: To Get Ahead, Put Others First 133
20 TEACHABILITY: To Keep Leading, Keep Learning 141
21 VISION: You Can Seize Only What You Can 148
See Conclusion 155
About the Author 157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    First 'leadership book' I've read...okay at best

    Good beginners' leadership book but, nothing to write home about. Pro's - short, concise, real-world characters to make the point come across Con's - not much substance, some of exercises were not realistic to implement

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    Solid maxims for leadership

    Leadership expert, former preacher and prolific author John C. Maxwell asks readers to savor his chapters on the essential qualities of a leader a little at a time. He suggests reading one chapter a day like you are taking a vitamin, to give the lessons time to sink in with practice. Each of the 21 traits he cites stems from a basic value leaders can use to guide their actions. This follow-up to Maxwell¿s useful 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is a thinner book in every way, though still nicely thoughtful. We recommend it as a source of inspiration for self-growth and reflection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2006

    Not what I expected

    I have read many of Maxwell's books. I didn't like this one. It seemed to regurgitate his viewpoints.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Maxwell is peerless in this field!

    This work has stood the test of time, and is well-worth every one of its stars. The principles are presented in an easily digestable format. Best of all, they WORK. I know; my job is training people to succeed in society. The reader will appreciate the integrity which is extant behind these leadership principles. Maxwell offers not mere insight, but also practical experience. One does not have to be a leader to appreciate and learn much from this book! This work, and 'The Mizraim Principles', are my two favorite books on successful living. Maxwell focuses on leadership principles alone, while Parks includes leadership as one of thirty-two life principles for successful living. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    WOW!!!

    I truly enjoyed this incredible work by John C. Maxwell. Its poignant truisms and wisdom given through remarkable tales of the eloquent minds now and before us is truly fantastic, inspiring and enlightening. I highly recommend this book to others who just wish to give godly advice and inspiration to other colleagues, and to those who wish to improve upon their daily lives as leaders. -Jill of Center High

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    The Jack and Norman Show

    This book should be titled, "The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Football Players." Maxwell is so dependent on sports for illustrations, one has to wonder if the preacher has any real business experience from which to draw. Considering the book's target audience encompasses more than pimply faced Jocks with supercharged Cameros, one would expect Maxwell to address the real world a bit more directly. Reality is ¿ one off the ball field ¿ most quarterbacks fumble in real life. Why, then, does Maxwell continually dip into the mind of a coaches for leadership?  The name "Jack Welch" is summoned with unnatural regularity, causing the reader to wonder if Maxwell doesn't owe the guy some debt of gratitude and pays off with an name-dropping ego trip. Welch's famous caustic personality seems to contradict the author's rule of The Law of Connection But there he is, nonetheless.  Then there's stormin' Norman. Open the book anywhere, by random, and blindly point to a place in the page. Chances are your finger will be covering a part of these words: "Norman Schwartzkopf." (Schwartzkopf, by the way, is German for "blackhead.") That, of course, is an exageration. But the point is, the book seems to be weighted. One gets the idea the Preacher John put this one together just to have something to sell at seminars. Actually, its better than that. Much better. But such bothersome elements will detract from the key message.  Maxwell takes a wide swipe at Jesse Jackson. But call Maxwell a racist? He's covered himself. Kind words of ML King and Nelson Mandella keep him well out of range of the race-baiters.  One redeeming value of his book is a poignant quote from Maggie Thatcher: "Being in power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." Oddly, Maxwell repeatedly reminds the reader of his leadership qualifications when pastoring assorted churches. Maybe he ain't no lady.  This is a good book and worth reading. Classy, but not classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2002

    A MUST READ!!!!!!!

    This book is a must read for all ages! The book is very well written and has many great examples of real world applacations. The book tells the reader to read one chapter a day. Then apply that quality the next day in your life. If the reader follows the exercises in the book it is very self rewarding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    Great book with improvement steps you can follow

    I was impressed with the sections that help you realize your problem. It's great at pin-pointing your weaknesses and showing you how to deal with them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2000

    Great book

    This is a great book by a man who has studied leadership most of his life. It's short, but has a lot of substance. It focuses on specific character traits that you need to develop as a leader. The aim of the book is to present these ideas in a simple short format. John Maxwell has written many other books more detailed than this one if that is what you are looking for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2000

    Short, but powerful content

    The content on each of the sections was small, but easy to relate. The reading was quick and easy to follow and the anecdotes helped drive his points home. I definately recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2000

    Makes intuitive sense

    This book is a good quick read covering the qualities of a leader. You'll be tempted to read it cover to cover, but it is better used by taking the author's suggestion and reading a chapter a day. This is a very good companion book to Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Not much to it

    Too little substance. This is mostly stories and quotations, with a few tried-and-true leadership maxims. Disappointing.

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