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If you've already discovered New York Times best sellers The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and Failing Forward from John C. Maxwell, make your leadership library complete with his foundational classic, Developing the Leader Within You.

In this enduring volume, which has already sold over 500,000 copies, Maxwell shares his heart for developing exceptional leaders. Timeless principles applied in your life - and the life of your organization - will bring about positive change through personal integrity and self-discipline. In his trademark style, Dr. Maxwell explores:

  • The True Definition of Leadership: "Leadership is influence. That's it. Nothing more; nothing less...he who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk."
  • 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 is the accomplishment of a manager. Inspiring others to do better work is the accomplishment of a leader."

    No matter where you are on the leadership ladder, Developing the Leader Within You will inspire you to inspire others through committed, visionary leadership.

  • Listen to everything by John C. Maxwell.
    ©2000 by Maxwell Motivation, Inc. a Georgia Corporation; (P)2000 by Thomas Nelson Publishers

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    Great book, but...

    This is a great book but has been poorly cut down. It has been "abridged" too much; and the top quality audio is unsatisfactory. It is still a great simple book nonetheless. If you enjoy other John Maxwell's stuffs, you will enjoy this one too.

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    Developing the Leader Within You

    Excellent book, John C. Maxwell has an amazing collection of skills and knowlendge and he shares all freely with his listeners. Highly recommended!

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    No unabridged version??

    The information in the book is great but too tightly. It's not fleshed out and feels like cliff notes. Full price paid for the skeleton of a really good book. Audible, get the full version?

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    Excellent book!

    I grew tremendously when I applied these principals consistently and with persistence. Highly recommend it!

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    awesome book

    I listen to this book with a lot anticipation and was clearly not disappointed

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    Great book by the expert in leadership


    really enjoyed the book great example of leadership
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    good info

    I enjoyed listening to this book and I plan to take what I have learned and use it to my daily life.

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    Great read, a real eye opener!

    Very beneficial information for network marketing! I should have read this a couple years ago!

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    GREAT READ! LOVED IT

    Definitely a must read. Narration was awesome, smooth, clear to undersdtand and finished with ease...

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    Hard read but good content

    Great content but the mono toned voice made me space out. There is so much content that I continued to rewind and replay because it is read very fast.

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    • Workfmhomediva
    • 03-21-15

    Practical step by step advice

    The book was read by the author John see Maxwell and he put a lot of emotion and lots of practicality and thought when writing this book. Great step-by-step accounts of how to develop The leader within you. Re-read this twice and made lots of notes.

    This is a great practical book for people who are managers, or those who lead people.

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    • Chibwe
    • 02-28-15

    Confirmed that I was on the right leadership path!

    Enjoyed listening to the book. It assisted me in mapping out were I was on my leadership path. Every aspiring leader needs one in their library! Looking forward to reading the accompanying book on developing my team!

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    • Josh
    • 10-24-14

    Inspiring

    Would you listen to Developing the Leader Within You again? Why?

    Great to business owners / employees / people looking to take charge with their lives.

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    Really enjoyed the middle and end of the book. Very impactful, great use quotes and explanation of quotes and how they relate to everyday life.

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    Excellent book. Voice and performance was a little bland however still very enjoyable and impactful.

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    • Cosmin
    • 12-26-16

    High Value

    A audiobook, full of high quality knowledge.
    "The world needs leaders " I highly recommend

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    • Jason V.
    • 05-02-17

    One for the Car on repeat

    i need to hear this all again so much content.

    good book and a must for every library