Developing The Leader Within You is a good overview on how to be a great leader. John Maxwell does a good job on providing an overview on the leadership topic.
Maxwell divides first between leaders and mangers.
Managers make sure projects and programs are implemented. Leaders do the same while they also motivate and inspire.
Leadership is influence, says Maxwell.
And here are the 5 steps of leadership:
- Position – It’s the leadership based on a title. People follow you because they have to
- Permission— Based on relationship and liking your people. They want to follow you here
- Production- People want to follow you because you produce results
- People Development—You helped people develop and they want to develop because of what you’ve done for them
- Personhood—People follow you because of who you are and what you represent
Notice though that every new level still entails the previous level. Each level doesn’t substitute the others, but builds upon the previous ones.
Leaders prioritize and spend 80% of the time on 20% of tasks that will yield 80% of the results.
Maxwell says that problems are inevitable. As a matter of fact, problems can be seen as a condition of success: you can’t have success without overcoming problems.
And problems can give you that creative tension that lets you come up with solution and new ways of doing thing that propels you forward.
For a great treaty on problem solving, read The Obstacle is The Way, which is in my opinion the best book on problem solving.
Maxwell says that attitudes are everything when it comes to leadership as they propel you forward and “infect” the people around you.
For changing attitudes I recommend you check Tony Robbins, also a huge proponent of controlling one’s states for both achievement and quality of life.
The best leader not only believe that the vision can be done, but they believe it must be done.
Great leaders put their people first.
Also read Leaders Eat Last on the importance of caring about people.
Self discipline means leadership of oneself. You can’t lead anyone unless you can first lead yourself.
John Maxwell says that the best leaders take care of developing their staff and nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.
It’s a good book and it gives a nice overview of what’s needed to be a good leader.
but I didn’t find anything groundbreaking. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership also from Maxwell is a better read in my opinion.