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Developing the Leader Within You 2.0

Developing the Leader Within You 2.0

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John C. Maxwell

Published by HarperCollins Leadership, an imprint of HarperCollins

Published in association with Yates & Yates, www.yates2.com.

Epub Edition November 2017 ISBN 9780718074005

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data ISBN 978-0-718073992

Description: Nashville, Tennessee : HarperCollins, [2018] | Includes bibliographical references.
Identifiers: LCCN 2017033337 | ISBN 9780718073992
Subjects: LCSH: Leadership.
Classification: LCC HD57.7 .M394 2018 | DDC 658.4/092--dc23 LC 
record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2017033337

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Book Details
 Price
 4.00
 Pages
 244 p
 File Size 
 2,377 KB
 File Type
 PDF format
 ISBN
 978-0-718074005 (eBook)
 978-1-4002-01822 (IE)
 Copyright©   
 2018 by John C. Maxwell 

About the Author
John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker
who has sold more than 26 million books in fifty languages. In 2014 he was
identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management
Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business
Insider and Inc. magazines. He is the founder of the John Maxwell Company,
the John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation,
organizations that have trained millions of leaders. In 2015, they reached the
milestone of having trained leaders from every country in the world. The
recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the
Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500
companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders.
He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information about

PREFACE TO THE 2.0 EDITION
I can hardly believe it’s been twenty-five years since I wrote the original
manuscript of Developing the Leader Within You. When I first put my fourcolored
pen to paper, I thought I was writing my one leadership book. At age
forty-five I had been on quite a leadership journey. When I started my
professional career as a minister in rural Indiana in 1969, I didn’t think about
leadership. I just worked hard. It wasn’t until I was at my second church in the
early ’70s that I realized everything rises and falls on leadership. I started my
intentional growth journey at that time and targeted leadership as one of the
areas where I wanted to grow. While I was leading that second church in Ohio, I
began teaching others leadership. In the early ’80s, I took on the leadership of a
church in San Diego. It eventually became recognized as one of the ten most
influential churches in America. While I was there I wrote Developing the
Leader Within You. At that time I also started getting many more speaking
requests. And I started a company to help me train leaders and distribute training
resources. The demands of my schedule and the opportunities to train leaders
nationally and internationally prompted me to give up my church in 1995. I’ve
spent my time writing, speaking, and training leaders ever since.

But going back to when I wrote the first edition of this book, as I prepared to
write it, I thought a lot about the greatest discovery I had made in leading those
three organizations: that leadership can be developed. I had developed the leader
within me. And my greatest desire was to share my leadership journey with
others and teach what I had learned so that they could develop the leaders within them also.

I thought I had much to share from the first twenty-five years of my
leadership life, but when I look back now, I’m struck by how much more I’ve
learned in the twenty-five years since then. That should have been no surprise to
me, since I’ve written many additional books on leadership. But sometimes you
don’t realize how far you’ve traveled until you go back and look at where you
were. It’s like going back to the home you grew up in twenty-five years later: it’s
a lot smaller than you remembered!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share with you the things I’ve learned
since I first wrote this book. There’s so much to tell that I can hardly contain
myself—or contain it in just ten chapters.

I have extensively rewritten this entire book. That’s why I’m calling it 2.0. It
still contains the foundational lessons for becoming a good leader. It’s still the
first book I recommend that people read to start their leadership development
journeys. And it’s still the book I recommend that leaders use to mentor others in
leadership. But I’ve taken great pains to give it greater depth, to focus it more
specifically on a leader’s needs. For example, instead of doing general teaching
on integrity and attitude, as I did in the original version, I look more specifically
at how those characteristics can make someone a better leader.

In addition, I also removed two chapters that were focused on developing
staff (which I cover in depth in other books) and replaced them with two new
chapters on topics vital to developing you as a leader: servanthood, the heart of
the leader, and personal growth, the expansion of leadership. I look back now
and think, How in the world did I miss those the first time around?
If you read the original version of the book, you’re going to be pleased by all
the new material and insights I’ve included in this new 2.0 edition celebrating
the book’s twenty-fifth anniversary. I can’t imagine offering a better leadership
tune-up than this.

If this book is new to you, you’re in for a treat, because you’re going to
receive everything you need to take a significant step in your leadership journey.
And if you do everything I suggest in the application section at the end of each
chapter, you will be amazed at how much your influence, your effectiveness, and
your impact will increase in such a short time.

So let’s go. Turn the page, and begin developing the leader within you.


Table of Contents

Preface to the 2.0 Edition
Acknowledgments

1. The Definition of Leadership: Influence
2. The Key to Leadership: Priorities
3. The Foundation of Leadership: Character
4. The Ultimate Test of Leadership: Creating Positive Change
5. The Quickest Way to Gain Leadership: Problem Solving
6. The Extra Plus in Leadership: Attitude
7. The Heart of Leadership: Serving People
8. The Indispensable Quality of Leadership: Vision
9. The Price Tag of Leadership: Self-Discipline
10. The Expansion of Leadership: Personal Growth

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About the Author
Notes

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Thank you to:
Charlie Wetzel, my writer
Stephanie Wetzel, who edited the first draft
Carolyn Kokinda, who typed my manuscript notes
Linda Eggers, my executive assistant

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