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Publisher's Summary

If you've never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you've been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you'll love this new expanded and updated one.

Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better:

  • Every Law of Leadership has been sharpened and updated
  • Seventeen new leadership stories are included
  • Two new Laws of Leadership are introduced
  • New evaluation tool will reveal your leadership strengths - and weaknesses
  • New application exercises in every chapter will help you grow

Why would Dr. Maxwell make changes to his best-selling book?

"A book is a conversation between the author and reader," says Maxwell. "It's been 10 years since I wrote The 21 Laws of Leadership. I've grown a lot since then. I've taught these laws in dozens of countries around the world. This new edition gives me the opportunity to share what I've learned."

©2011 Thomas Nelson, Inc. (P)2011 Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Our nation and its institutions are crying out for leaders. John Maxwell...shows us the true path to leadership through the application of timeless principles supported by the bedrock of personal character." (Edward C. Emma, President & CEO, Jockey International, Inc.)
"An irrefutable must-read on leadership that is a simple and powerful list of guidelines to help build leadership in many areas." (S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman, Chick-fil-a, Inc.)
"John Maxwell understands what it takes to be a leader, and he puts it within reach with The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. I recommend this to anyone who desires success at the highest level, whether on the ball field, in the boardroom, or from the pulpit." (Tom Landry, former head coach, Dallas Cowboys)

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  • will
  • Kyle , TX, United States
  • 10-05-14

Good Use of an Audible Credit

This is a great listen for someone who is interested in learning more about leadership. I put off buying this book because it was "only" around three hours long and I always want to get the most for my credits, but I really appreciated Maxwell being succinct. If you can communicate an idea clearly in a minute, do me a favor and don't take ten, amiright?

One nice thing about this book being short is that it basically hits the high points and there aren't any slow spots. I've listed through it twice and have found each listen to be beneficial.

Definitely worth a credit if you are interested in expanding your knowledge base on leadership.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Comprehensive and practical guide with great examples

This book takes a comprehensive view of leadership principles which seems overwhelming and illustrates through real life examples, some from the author and many from other examples in recent history, their importance. The author provides the audio for this book so you can here his emphasis through the tone in his voice when he urges the reader to take action and the consequences of doing so or not doing so in some cases. The chapters are not long so they are easy to complete at one sitting of 15 min per chapter or so. If you want to become an effective leader, listen and then act.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Something Lacking in this Book

I really wanted to enjoy this book. Some of the anecdotes were enjoyable;however, the information provided is vague. It is easy to make a list of "laws" but without tips for implementation it seems rather useless. This book needed to be more in depth to be functional in my humble opinion.

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  • Eric
  • Conway, AR, United States
  • 06-13-13

Great principles.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It may cover the basics but it covers a lot of basics. It explains why some leaders and managers are the way they are. It also gives you an idea about how to deal with them.

What about John Maxwell’s performance did you like?

I love the fact that he give the laws and relates them with stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This is a must have for any Leader

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the book is clearly spoken, at a pace that doesn't leave you scratching your head at a "what did he say?" pace. It was spoken in that friendly, down home fashion, and so the stories kept you thinking ahead. And you find Oops, better listen up cause you just went past the point of the story, it didn't always end like you might think.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No actual Characters, these are real people. and real situations; But the MacDonald Bros Story is the best.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when I heard him speak about "don't think your the leader, just cause you have a title." I have kept that story close to heart.

Any additional comments?

I have the Hard bound copy, the Kindle version, and this version, making it a complete set for me. I have been using it to great success of late, getting people to realize "Managers manage things; Leaders build more leaders", and this has nothing to do with the Title.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Read by the author in the cadence of a sermon

Opinions not backed up by any research or studies - just a list as one person sees it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Every Leader Handbook

This book by John C Maxwell illustrates very clearly how one can lead their life and business effectively. It's encouraging to know that there's no success without sacrifice and the examples painted a great picture.

This book is a must read for everyone who is influencing another's life. It will truly help to raise the standard of how to lead your life.

I will be reading this book at least once a month for the next twelve months to continue bringing greater clarity to my life and help me in coaching, training and speaking.

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Leadership how to

Digs into the qualities of great leaders with real life examples. Gives the individual who wants to be a better leader guidance on how to continually build their knowledge and skill set through intentional self development steps. It was a very inspiring read.

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  • Stevenson
  • NYACK, NY, United States
  • 03-22-14

This didn't need to be a book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you want to know what these laws are that's fine but this book doesn't tell you anything about "how to do it!!!"..... You gotta have influence...here's a story..... Okay? so any tips on how to have influence?..... NO!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Explain how to acquire these 21 Laws.

Did The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, 10th Anniversary Edition inspire you to do anything?

To find better books

Any additional comments?

You don't need to write a book to tell someone what they need to do..... Books should be exclusive to "HOW" a person can learn to do what they need to do.

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Essential

This is essential if you want to be an effective leader whether in business or personal endeavour

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  • dominic
  • 03-21-16

great thought provoking peice for the development.

A really useful book for a developing leader, there is alot that you can take away and analyse your own leadership with.

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  • Jacek
  • 12-13-13

How to become a better leader?

Where does The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, 10th Anniversary Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is number one leadership book I have read up till now.

Any additional comments?

I read this book in one day. This is all about how to start the process of becoming the better leader in your organization and in your private life. I recommend this book for all managers but also for all parents!

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  • S. Newton
  • 10-02-17

Awful

A list of laws with no guidance on how to develop them. a complete waste of time and money.

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  • K
  • 05-24-15

some useful observations

A well narrated piece. Content-wise it could do with some updating, reference to Larnce Armstrong for example. otherwise I found it provided some useful anecdotes to describe observations on leadership characteristics. However don't expect this to tell you how to be a better leader. Hope this helps!

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  • IKENNA
  • 04-08-16

Great Book

Apart from 1 book on leadership... I believe this book is the best! I recommend it for every human being.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-17

Not the latest version

Note this is not the latest version of the book. I have bought the book which is revised and updated compared to audio book

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  • Simone
  • 03-08-17

Lessons in Leadership

Loved it. A very accessible book. I enjoyed the story telling it made each law relevant and accessible. Highly recommend it.

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  • Sophie
  • 11-23-16

Simple & Profound

John communicates that great leadership is possible for anyone willing to put in the effort.

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  • Rachel
  • 02-03-16

Great examples used

Such interesting examples used for the different laws of leadership. The book was set out in a very structured format, literally listing 21 laws, with a story on each law, one by one. I may have missed it but a summary listing towards the end would be handy, to write each law down for later reference.
I really enjoyed the book and it was very well narrated.

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  • Jeff
  • 07-06-15

Short and sweet

Not long, just everything you need in a succinct and clear presentation. Worth a re-listen on a regular schedule.

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  • MR STUART A FLEMING
  • 02-18-15

Maxwell at his best, listen & learn from the best

Experience counts in leadership and John Maxwell shares his experience thoughts and stories in a way that is informative, interesting and inspirational. I highly recommend this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful