Leadership Gold by John C. Maxwell. Executive Book summary by Quin Kleiboer For EADM and Professor Keith Walker. About the Author / Summary. There’s probably no one better in the world to teach you that than John C. Maxwell. And here he is, once again, with another one of his classics, “Leadership Gold”! John C. Maxwell is possibly the world’s leading authority on leadership and related matters. LEADERSHIP GOLD OFFERS THE BEST OF THE BEST, Learn about the laws of leadership and the time tested principles that top performing world leaders.
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cover image of Leadership Gold. Read A Sample. Leadership Gold Kindle Book; OverDrive Read; Adobe PDF eBook 1 MB; Adobe EPUB eBook KB. customized leadership strategy to best fit your needs. LESSONS LEARNED FROM A. LIFETIME OF LEADING. Gaining leadership insight is a lot like mining gold. Maxwell (the bestselling The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership) shares 26 nuggets of wisdom based on his nearly 40 years of leadership. A practical guide .
Family: I will communicate with and care for my family daily. Thinking: I will practice and develop good thinking daily.
Commitment: I will make and keep proper commitments daily. Finances: I will deepen and live out my faith daily. Faith: I will deepen and live out my faith daily. Relationships: I will initiate and invest in solid relationships daily. Generosity: I will plan for and model generosity daily. Value: I will embrace and practice good values daily. Growth: I will desire and experience improvements daily. How prepared are you for future defining moments?
As you face each day, try to be alert to the kinds of defining moments leaders typically face: Ground Breakers — opportunities to do something new Heart Breakers — opportunities to reevaluate priorities Cloud Breakers — opportunities for a clear vision Chart Breakers — opportunities to go to a new level 4.
Know Yourself — This Is a Reality Issue Criticism is something you can avoid easily — by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. Some leaders are like seagulls. When something goes wrong, they fly in, make a lot of noise, and crap all over everything. Finally, thy will admit that you are right and that what you are doing is very important; but after all, they knew it all the time.
The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be.
Forget Yourself — This Is a Security Issue Being who you really are is the first step in becoming better than you are. It was all fun! The Best Leaders Are Listeners The average person suffers from three delusions: 1 that he is a good drive, 2 that he has a good sense of humor, and 3 that he is a good listener. Understanding People Precedes Leading Them. Leadership finds its source in understanding.
Leadership Is the Best Way to Learn. Listening Can Keep Problems from Escalating. Listening Establishes Trust. Listening Can Improve the Organization. Minds are of three kinds. One is capable of thinking for itself; another is able to understand the thinking of others; and a third can neither think for itself nor understand the thinking of others.
The first is of the highest excellence, the second is excellent, and the third is worthless. Give yourself a listening audit.
What people have you neglected to seek out? Get Specific. The only thing that is universal is incompetence. Strength is always specific! Listen for What Others Praise. Check Out the Competition. Discover your uniqueness, then discipline yourself to develop it.
And this is the work of effective leaders. I have often taught that people change only when they hurt enough that they have to, learn enough that they want to, or receive enough that they are able to.
Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it were. Be candid with everyone. Change before you have to. Admit My Weakness. Embrace Realistic People. An effective leadership team has members who complement one another. Ask for Honesty from Others. All leaders need to have a group of people around them who will tell them what they really think.
Good leaders who lead great companies face reality and make changes accordingly. And where and how you lead determines where your followers end up.
In other words, a lot is depending on it. To See How the Leader Is Doing, Look at the People Wherever you have a good leader, the team gets better, the organization gets better, the department or division gets better. And wherever you have a bad leader, everyone that leader impacts has a tougher time. Leadership makes every endeavor either better or worse. When leaders are unhealthy, so are their followers. People may teach what they know, but they reproduce what they are. All leaders have two common characteristics: first, they are going somewhere; second, they are able to persuade other people to go with them.
But you can not download enthusiasm…you can not download loyalty…you can not download the devotion of hearts, minds or souls. You must earn these.
Good leaders inspire their followers to have confidence in them. But great leaders inspire their followers to have confidence in themselves. The growth and development of people is the highest calling of a leader. My high commitment to people — this is a time issue. My high integrity with people — this is a character issue. My high standard for people — this is a goal-setting issue. My high influence over people — this is a leadership issue. Question 4: Are the people succeeding?
Leaders may impress others when they succeed, but they impact others when their followers succeed. Experience has taught me a valuable lesson: no matter what I do or how hard I try to help people, not everyone will respond in the same way. Some people will attend a conference and their lives will start to turn around. Others will come and tune out everything I say. Leadership is all about placing people in the right place so they can be successful.
As a leader, you should always challenge people to move out of their comfort zone, but never out of their strength zone. Keep Your Mind on the Main Thing The business schools reward difficult, complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.
I Determined Not to Know Everything. Taking myself out of the middle of everything lessens my personal importance to many people in my organization, but it allows me to do that which is personally important to me. How do you decide if someone else can be your representative, even when the pressure is on and the stakes are high? First, you must know their heart well enough to trust their character. Second, you must have enough shared history so that they know your heart and mind.
And third, you must believe in their competence.
Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb at. Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple — C. Ceran To cause maximum damage, fail to admit it!
I asked myself three questions: Did I clearly articulate the goals? Did I give people enough time and resources to accomplish the task? Did I give them enough training? I discovered that 90 percent of the time, I was at least as much a part of the problem as my people were.
Even when we won, we always took time to review our mistakes. I learned to fail fast, learn from my mistakes and move on. Why beat yourself up about it? Just do better next time. We get very little wisdom from success. Time cannot be managed. About John C.
Maxwell John C. Almost each of them is rated highly. Consequently, he enjoys very much the same reputation on our site as well. And how you can become a great one.
However, be aware that your character is built in the process and that there will always be some crucial moments when your decisions will either make or break you. So, keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.
First, you must choose to expect more from yourself than anyone else. Then, you have to make helping people your priority: pleasing them leads nowhere. Finally, you must find a way to forget the past, concentrate on the present , and plan the future.
And concentration is a trait of the good listeners. And they can learn better than the others because they learn from everywhere. And people. Defining Moments Define You as a Leader 2.