“The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs” by John C. Maxwell

The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader NeedsThe Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs by John C. Maxwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

People love lists. Lists tell us all sorts of fanciful things about the world, and when it comes to books (and therefore blogs), lists do a great job at sorting information to be shared in a logical format that gets the readers engaged, or at its worst, lets them skip to the numbers they care about most.

Lists, in the case of this book, do quite well with teaching lessons, particularly leadership lessons. The name “John C. Maxwell” has become synonymous with leadership and business acumen, and for good reason. Maxwell is a #1 NYT best-selling author, and has made his mark as an influential, perhaps even declarative, voice in the field of leadership. Maxwell knew, at the age of 17, that leadership was to be his field, and he did well to prepare for it, learning critical lessons along the rocky path.

In his book, Maxwell covers necessary skills that leaders need via lessons to be learned. For each lesson, Maxwell asks questions to reveal a leader’s influence and following. By doing so, leaders reading the text will know how the lesson best applies to them, to which Maxwell leads to part two: application exercises.

This book should have been a required reading in my leadership classes in Seminary, but it wasn’t. It should have been because it is relevant, informational, and transformative. It’s a book that can take anyone, leaders and non-leaders alike, and better improve them to be the best they can be. The book helps seekers identify how to improve themselves, yet keeping a biblical perspective.

Without a doubt, this book is one to have on the shelf, and recommending to be read instead of gathering dust…

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