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Developing the Leaders Around You: How to Help Others Reach Their Full Potential

By John C. Maxwell (Author) & Bette Nordberg (Author)
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Looks at different leadership styles and describes ways to become an effective leader, offering advice on motivation, self discipline, and developing a vision.

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Why do some people achieve great personal success, yet never succeed in building a business or making an impact in their organization? John C. Maxwell knows the answer. "The greatest leadership principle that I have ever learned in over twenty-five years of leadership," says Maxwell, "is that those closest to the leader will determine the success level of that leader." It's not enough for a leader to have vision, energy, drive, and conviction. If you want to see your dream come to fruition, you must learn how to develop the leaders around you. Whether you're the leader of a non-profit organization, small business, or Fortune 500 company, Developing the Leaders Around You can help you to take others to the limits of their potential and your organization to a whole new level.

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Format: Abridged,   Audiobook
Studio: Thomas Nelson
Running Time: 180.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.76" Width: 5.11" Height: 1.01"
Weight:   0.22 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Aug 7, 2003
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785262407  
ISBN13  9780785262404  

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More About John C. Maxwell & Bette Nordberg

John C. Maxwell John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Often called America's #1 leadership authority, Maxwell was Identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. And he has been voted the top leadership professional six years in a row on He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 180 countries. Each year Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world's top business leaders. He can be followed at For more information about him visit

John C. Maxwell currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. John C. Maxwell was born in 1947.

John C. Maxwell has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 101 (Thomas Nelson)
  2. EQUIP Leadership
  3. Giants of the Bible
  4. Jumpstart
  5. Successful People

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good book  Feb 10, 2007
This book is a great book with tons of information and set out with a great spiritual strength. Reading level is medium difficulty but worth the personal stretch.
Excellent!!  Mar 10, 2006
I am addicted to John Maxwell's books on leadership! This one is excellent! It challenges you to become a strong leader in order to develop leaders. Maxwell always presents information in a way that is challenging and he gives practical ways to put new skills into action. If you are leading a corporation or a small group I think you would benefit from this book.
Teacher & Engineer  Feb 9, 2005
This is one of the best books I have ever read in term of the leadership development.
Despite a glut of leadership books, this one is excellent  Oct 31, 2004
Books on leadership are a dime a dozen these days, and often they start blending together. However, John Maxwell has put together some great insights into leadership that are often taken for granted or not well described.

The book starts with a solid question for any leader; "Am I Raising up Potential Leaders?". What makes this focus important is the fact that too often leaders focus on leading for results, not for future leadership. An important distinction.

Another aspect of the book looks at the ripple effects of leaders. True leaders are able to attract potential leaders because; Leaders think like them; Leaders express feelings that other leader's sense; Leaders create an environment that attracts potential leaders; Leaders are not threatened by people with great potential. The author lays out what happens when strong leaders are not selected. They in turn hire people with less leadership skills than they have, and so on. The organization as a whole suffers as a result of this domino effect.

Leaders who mentor potential leaders multiply their effectiveness. While this sounds simple, it is rare. "There is no success without a successor" (Page 11). Leaders take others with them, or they are not true leaders but mere managers. Delegation is the most powerful tool a leader has. (Page 159) However, if delegation is so important then why do some leaders fail to delegate effectively? Some ideas are postulated here; Insecurity; Lack of Confidence in Others; Lack of Ability to Train Others; Lack of Time; etc. In my experience the most common of these aspects is a lack of confidence, as many so called leaders never take the final step of "giving complete authority" to others. This derails success and future potential. I find that this is the most common weakness of leaders in corporate America, who in turn should not be considered leaders, but rather just people with higher titles.

Overall, this is a very good book. The author asserts that leadership is both a combination of tactical choices and personal character, with the latter being the more important. A great book, easy to read, with some assessments and other tools included. This book will benefit anyone who wants to enable success in their organization through leadership.
Great Guide for Life and Leadership  May 25, 2004
I really enjoyed this book, it was very well written and funny. I love the added stories and comic relief it provides. I would reccommend this to anyone who is a coach or a boss in the workplace. It is a top reference for leadership and how to be successful with it. I will use this book for a long time. The only thing that might be a concern is that the author is a preacher and he uses references to God sometimes. Might be a turn off for some, but it didnt bother me at all. He is an excellent writer and knows what he is talking about...

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