Wondering how to apply leadership principles if you're not the boss? Maxwell has answers! Debunking myths and clarifying challenges, the popular author asserts that you don't have to be the "main" person to impact your organization. You'll discover specific ways to influence peers and superiors-and become a more valuable team member.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 272 Vendor: Thomas Nelson Publication Date: 2005 Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0785260927 ISBN-13: 9780785260929 UPC: 020049055465 Availability: In Stock
What's the number one question leadership expert John C. Maxwell is asked while conducting his leadership conferences? "How can I implement what you teach when I'm not the top leader?"
Is it possible to lead well when you're not the top dog? How about if the person you work for is a bad leader? The answer is a resounding yes!
Welcome to The 360° Leader. People who desire to lead from the middle of organizations face unique challenges. And they are often held back by myths that prevent them from developing their influence. Dr. Maxwell, one of the globe's most trusted leadership mentors, debunks the myths, shows you how to overcome the challenges, and teaches you the skills you need to become a 360° leader.
If you have found yourself trying to lead from the middle of the organization, as the vast majority of professionals do, then you need Maxwell's insights. You have a unique opportunity to exercise influence in all directions-up (to the boss), across (among your peers), and down (to those you lead).
The good news is that your influence is greater than you know. Practice the disciplines of 360° leadership and the opportunities will be endless... for your organization, for your career, and for your life.
John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 19 million books. He is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries. Read his blog at JohnMaxwellOnLeadership.com.
In this latest treatise, leadership mega-guru Maxwell (The 21 Irrefutable Laws
of Leadership) taps a rich vein of corporate angst: the plight of the middle
manager, saddled with responsibilities but lacking real power, torn by
conflicting tasks and time-management dilemmas, seething with thwarted
ambition. As Macbeth shows, it's a predicament fraught with tragic potential,
but the staid, platitudinous treatment given it by Maxwell and ghostwriter
Charlie Wetzel drains away the drama. They generally counsel acceptance of
limitations. Maxwell tells middle managers to work diligently in subordinate
positions, support the CEO's vision, find the good in incompetent or
malevolent leaders, infiltrate their bosses' emotional lives ("Listen to your
leader's heartbeat.... What makes them laugh?... Cry?.... Sing?") and "stand
up for your leader whenever you can." They can thus exert an unsung but
crucial "influence" over higherups, while themselves practicing a higher,
sublimated form of leadership by selflessly nurturing the potential of their
own colleagues and underlings. Unfortunately, Maxwell's practical advice boils
down to vague truisms ("when you find a problem, provide a solution") or
clich s ("If your boss is a golfer, you may want to take up the game"). His
bland injunctions to resignation, patience and self-effacement are
unobjectionable, but also uninspiring. (Jan. 10) Copyright 2005 Reed