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Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading [Hardcover]

By John Maxwell (Author)
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Item description for Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading by John Maxwell ...

The international leadership expert uses anecdotes from his own life to provide insight into how to develop effective leadership policies and practices.

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Smart leaders learn from their own mistakes. Smarter ones learn from others' mistakes--and successes.

John C. Maxwell wants to help you become the smartest leader you can be by sharing "Leadership Gold "with you. After nearly forty years of leading, Maxwell has mined the gold so you don't have to. Each gold nugget is contained in one of twenty- six chapters designed to be a six-month mentorship from the international leadership expert. Each chapter contains detailed application exercises and a "Mentoring Moment" for leaders who desire to mentor others using the book.

Gaining leadership insight is a lot like mining for gold. You don't set out to look for the dirt. You look for the nuggets. You'll find them here.

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Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading by John Maxwell has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Booklist - 03/01/2008 page 36
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/04/2008 page 49

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.3" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.04 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785214119  
ISBN13  9780785214113  
UPC  020049057360  

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More About John Maxwell

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. Nelson Pocket: Liderazgo
  6. Successful People

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An effective way to get John Maxwell's most valuable thoughts  May 10, 2010
I enjoyed the format of this book and I thought it was extremely valuable as a leader. So much wisdom in his observations and I love the way he makes it applicable to almost every business setting. As a sales leader, I found his information solid and although nothing is really "new" we all must continue to be reminded of what we know. A great use of your time, this 250 pg book is well worth the effort.
Great book  Apr 11, 2010
I first borrowed this book from the library and then bought it because I had to have it for my library. This is another hit by John Maxwell. There were many ah-ha moments for me and I have read a lot of leadership books.
It's a "Got To Have" book  Oct 17, 2009
I have read several John Maxwell books but this is the best of all.....which is what I expected since he did put the work "Gold" in the title. I have tremendous respect for Mr. Maxwell though I have never met him. He writes on a level that is easy to understand "if" you are focused on your reading. I found that when reading a Maxwell book I must be in my quiet place with no interruptions and a highlighting pen ready. When I quote some passages from this book to co-workers, I admit that I would like to take credit for such wisdom but I always provide my source...John Maxwell's Leadership Gold. If you have a job, get this book. If you need a job, get this book. If you are retired, don't get this book.

If your working life is over this book will just make you feel bad after you read it. You will gain so much knowledge about topics you wish you had known before you retired. But, if you want to start volunteering for something then, get this book. John Maxwell has been there and done that.
WOW  Aug 26, 2009
I'm a big John Maxwell fan and have read most of his books. His most recent Leadership Gold is by far one of his best. It is a list of the 26 most important leadership lessons he has learned over a span of 30+ years of leading.

Some of my favorites were:

If it's lonely at the top, you're not doing something right. Many leaders think that it is impossible to be a good leader and know people or be close to your team/followers. One of greatest joys since starting Revolution is how close I am to the other leaders and team that I serve with and lead. It is a huge risk, it is hard work, but it is worth it instead of being distant from your team.

Never work a day in your life. This one really spoke to me because it is something that I am living right now. The idea of "find what you love do, do it well enough so that people will pay you to do it." That is what I'm doing right now.

The best leaders are listeners. I need to improve on this one. I am the type of person that when I am talking to someone I am thinking about what I am going to say to them instead of listening, really listening to them.

To see how the leaders is doing look at the people. The best way to see how an organization, team or leader is doing, look at the people who are following that person. Are they better off? Is the organization farther than they were before? Leaders make things better or worse, which one do you make your team/organization/church?

Don't manage your time - manage your life. According to Maxwell, "Nothing separates successful people from unsuccessful people more than how they use their time." We all have the same amount of time, we can't get more in a day. The task is not to learn how to manage time, but to manage and maximize your life. The story in this chapter of the 1000 marbles is worth the price of the book, what a great example.

Keep learning to keep leading. Growth does not just happen, personally or corporately. To grow as a leader, you must have a plan. To take the next step as a leader and become all that you are meant to become, you need to have a plan. All leaders who have made any impact in history or done anything noteworthy were constant learners, they never "arrived" but they always had a plan to get there. Maxwell points out, "What is the one thing - more than any other - that will determine the growth of an organization? The growth of the people in the organization. And what determines the people's growth? The growth of the leader! As long as people are following you, they will be able to go only as far as you go. If you're not growing, they won't be growing - either that or they will leave and go somewhere else where they can grow."

The secret to a good meeting is the meeting before the meeting. This has been a learning curve for me. The idea of meeting with the most influential people before THE meeting to get on the same page and work through the desired outcome of the meeting. People do not like being surprised and they like to be a part of deciding the outcome of something. Too many leaders (myself included) forget that when we present an idea, we've been thinking about it for weeks or months and that the people we are presenting it to are hearing it for the first time. Maxwell says, "Most people are down on what they're not up on."

This idea also helps to remind us of what the point of a meeting is. Maxwell says, "Most people have the wrong idea about the purpose of a meeting. I think a lot of us think of them as time savers. You pull a bunch of people into a room so that you can deliver a message once. That's the wrong way to think about a meeting. Meetings are for getting things done! To do that, you must often have a meeting before the meeting to prepare for the meeting."

Be a connector not just a climber. I think leaders naturally see themselves "climbers." People who get things done, are on a mission, going somewhere.

Those who start the journey with you seldom finish with you. This has been one of the most painful things for me to learn as a leader. When you lose a teammate, for any reason, it hurts. The idea that some of the people who will do the hardest work with me, go through painful experiences with me, will not make it all the way is hard to wrap my hands around, but it is true. Even now, I can make a list of people who have led with me, but are no longer with me and it hurts. Sometimes it was the right thing and for the right reasons, sometimes it wasn't. Either way it hurt. As a leader, you must learn how to handle this because this is one of the things that will make or break your leadership.

Few leaders are successful unless a lot of people want them to be. What a reminder. I can make a list of people who I am no longer working with who put me in the position I am in today simply because they invested in me, gave me opportunities, and helped me along the way. No one gets anywhere worthwile on their own.

If you are looking for a leadership book to read, this is one definitely worth picking up.

Great Book: A Must Read For Everyone !  May 19, 2009
I recently heard that John Maxwell's books are great! So, I picked up this latest book one of my mentors recommended to read. What I found as I continued to read this book has been amazing! This book is a wonderful compilation of the author's lifetime of leadership experience. If you read just one book on leadership, it must be the "Leadership Gold".

This book is for everyone. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this book has something for everybody. This was one of the best investments I made in increasing knowledge !

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