Maxwell, Leadership Gold

The last book I read in the mentoring network I was in with Nelson Searcy was this John Maxwell book called Leadership Gold: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Leading.  My earliest experience with John Maxwell was at a conference where his main talk was ended with a repetition of ‘Breathe America, Breathe!’ which was apparently quite moving for the Americans in attendance, but confusing for the 10,000 Canadians at the same event.  It was awkwardly hilarious.

Notwithstanding this faux-paus, Maxwell is such a huge help to me and has a lifetime worth of small tips and tricks about leading and growing people so that they can be the amazing people that God dreams for them.  It helped me continue to shape my philosophy of leadership into more and more of a serving posture – where leadership is influence by asking, ‘How can I help you?’  I dream of making The Grove a church where we take people (and leaders) to the best, most effective place they have ever known – so that they become energizingly awesome and growth takes place (in people and in the church) because more and more people are asking, ‘How can I help you?’

It’s a great book if you don’t have time to read a bunch and want to polish and develop your leadership skills because of the short chapters and the straight to the point approach.  Each chapter also has action exercises and mentoring moments, along with online content.

Here’s a small bit of great quotes:

  • p.3, “Taking people to the top is what good leaders do.  Lifting people to a new level is a requirement for effective leadership.”
  • p.4, “Few leaders are successful unless a lot of people want them to be.”
  • p.4, To gain credibility, you must consistently demonstrate three things: Initiative (get up), Sacrifice (give up)  and Maturity (grow up).
  • p.22, “When leaders respond correctly, everyone wins.  When they respond incorrectly, everyone loses.”
  • p.44, quoting Howard Hendricks, “Don’t put live eggs under dead chickens.”
  • p.115, quoting Charles Spezzano, “Translate the dollar value of the house, car, or anything else into time, and then see if it’s still worth it.”
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