John Maxwell says, “90% of all leadership in most organizations takes place in the middle.” This being the case, a leader needs to be able to effectively lead people who are above them, across from them, and below them. While remembering the most important person they need to lead is themselves.
The book begins by sharing 7 myths of leading from the middle of an organization. Some of those myths include: “The Position Myth, The Influence Myth, and The Potential Myth.” Then John Maxwell talks about some challenges a 360 degree leader faces which are, “The Ego Challenge, The Fulfillment Challenge, The Vision Challenge, and The Multi-Hat Challenge.” These first two sections build a foundation to each of the following sections that share principles about how to successfully lead, up, across, and down.
I found this book full of great leadership principles and insights. I believe no matter your leadership position this book will help you become a better leader and influencer. The book also provides a free 360 degree self-assessment. This is helpful when it comes to applying the principles.
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