The 360 Degree Leader by John C. Maxwell

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.

Question: Have you read this book?

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  • Arnyslight

    I’ve haven’t read John C maxwell in a very long time….I think i read one…some time ago about finances….

    might look into it….hmmmm….

    • Anonymous

      He is one of my favorite authors. If you want to learn about leadership then he’s the man. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Dan. I bought this book and intended to read it and wound up giving it away to a senior leader. I have read many other John Maxwell books. My favorite is “Failing Forward.”

    Everyone is a leader. We lead from right where we are in the world. Some are better than others at leading. You don’t need a badge that says leader or some special introduction ceremony to be a leader, you just are… and that is referred to as leadership without authority.

    All leaders should begin with a smile and end with real encouragement for those they intend to inspire. You can do this for your children, your spouse, your co-workers, church friends, or even those in positions far above you.

    Be different and say thank you to those you inspire.

    • Anonymous

      Failing Forward is one of my favorites from him as well. Thank you for sharing some great points about being a leader.

  • Susan

    Even for someone like me, who is not in a leadership position (unless you count ‘leading’ the old dog on a walk) this book would be important. The best leaders (or bosses) I have known are folks who will roll their sleeves up and get down in the trenches with everybody else. When the boss comes in early and sweeps the floor the crew will follow the example. Jesus gave us the perfect example to follow; if only we will.

    • Anonymous

      Great points Susan. Thank you for sharing and stopping by.

  • I’ve heard good things about this book. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

    • Anonymous

      It would be worth getting Loren.

  • I have not read this book but I have heard many wonderful things about it. I will have to check it out!

    • Anonymous

      It’s worth checking out. Thank you for stopping by.