Thursday, December 8, 2011
Book Review: The 360 Degree Leader
John C. Maxwell is pretty much the guru of leadership. He has many, many books on the topic, and this is the first one that addresses how to be a leader when you're not the absolute top dog. He maintains that you can be a leader from anywhere in the organization, especially if you're somewhere in the middle. However, these middle leaders face unique challenges, including myths that prevent them from developing their leadership. Dr. Maxwell not only debunks the myths in this book, but provides solutions to overcome challenges and teaches skills needed to lead up (to the boss), across (among peers) and down (to those you lead.)
Dr. Maxwell writes great books, so you should look into them if you haven't. The only qualm I have with this one is it is so long, which may say something about my desire to be a good leader. I hope not. But truly, it's a lot to digest, so I had a hard time getting through it for the book review. Of course it is chock-full of great info, but I almost wonder if it wouldn't be easier read as a reference book; that is, read the sections that pertain most to you, rather than trying to read through it cover to cover. Just an idea.
At any rate, it's probably a good idea to have this book in your library, especially if you need ideas on how to grow as a leader where you are.
Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.