I needed a leadership book to help guide our management team to become leaders (as opposed to just managers). This book was straight to the point. He did talk a little bit about his leadership experience when he took over a church but it was very minimal. The Christian context was also minimal. I'm sure this book will appeal to those who want to evaluate their leadership style, strengths and weaknesses regardless of their religious beliefs.
The author should stick to leadership skills instead of focusing on religion and politics. As C.E.O. of a large healthcare organization, I did not find much use for the authors tactics.
Well Mr. Maxwell is the God of Leadership Teaching. He is a true Leader and working towards noble cause of developing leaders around the world.
The 21 laws defines the leadership with 21 laws. Some of the laws we follow and some of these laws we don't follow. It gives an idea of what happens if we don't follow the laws. The self-introspection with the understanding of these 21 laws can help us identifing the missining links in leadership and work towards become a great leader.
Other reviews have said it: This is not a how to book. This is also about influence and not leadership. Now a leader does need to develop and effectively wield influence. However, why would you read this? It's not going to help you become a better leader. You won't even give you useful guide posts. Your time is much better spent reading/listening to How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker. Don't waste your time with this book. There are no useful takeaways.
Another good read/listen from Maxwell. 21 ILL was well laid out, and transitioned smoothly from law to law. Using my iPod directly connected to my car stereo provided a clean sound (Format 4).
It's an OK book, but enough of the Jesus references. It's supposed to be a business book. Save it for the street corner. And don't even get me started on Zig Ziglar!
All I can say is that I do not believe this writers self centeredness. He speaks to the great leaders and role models and only mention white males. Sure there is passing reference to Gandi, but the only women mentioned are Mother Teresa and Princess Di. Are these who we want our daughters to strive to be? Or are we seriously telling them that they need to act like men?