Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell

Developing the Leader Within You

By John C. Maxwell

  • Release Date: 2005-08-20
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
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Developing the Leader Within You is Dr. Maxwell’s first and most enduring leadership book, having sold more than one million copies. In this Christian Leaders Series edition of this Maxwell classic, you will discover the biblical foundation for leadership that John Maxwell has used as a pastor and business leader for more than forty years. These same principles and practices are available for everyday leaders in every walk of life. It is a lofty calling to lead a group—a family, a church, a nonprofi t, a business—and the timeless principles in this book will bring positive change in your life and in the lives of those around you.

You will learn:

The True Definition of Leader. “Leadership is influence. That’s it. Nothing more; nothing less.”

The Traits of Leadership. “Leadership is not an exclusive club for those who were ‘born with it.’ The traits that are the raw materials of leadership can be acquired. Link them up with desire, and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader.”

The Difference Between Management and Leadership. “Making sure the work is done by others is the accomplishment of a manager. Inspiring others to do better work is the accomplishment of a leader.”

God has called every believer to influence others, to be salt and light. Developing the Leader Within You will equip you to improve your leadership and inspire others.


  • Great foundation

    By Tony&ChrisNM
    This is a great foundational book. I've been a manager for 4 years unfortunately in an environment with little training for the job. I wish I would've read this book when I started managing. It is an awesome foundational book that shows the difference between managing and leading. I've already read the 21 laws and the 5 levels. This is another great read. While some of the content is shared across the books, I would say start with this and then go to the 21 laws. Oh and if you think "I'm experienced already" this book will hold a mirror to your leadership style. It's worth a read to see what type of manage you really are!
  • Good book!

    By Blessed13
    Very practical advice! Helps with both self reflection of your leadership skills as well as how to treat others when you are in a leadership position.
  • Loved this book

    By Rattler76
    Great read. Numerous examples and plain speaking are the main things I liked about this book. I feel like I highlighted the whole book!
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    By Tranghero
  • Great leadership book!

    By Rodeo Roper
    Great leadership book! Like all of John's books this one is inspirational and challenging. It helps to put first things first and like always adds lots of stories to give context to the lessons.