The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, 10th Anniversary Edition

Follow Them and People Will Follow You
Narrated by: John Maxwell
Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
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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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Does not follow the physical book

I bought this Audio to help me with school . I tried following it with the actual book but this does not follow it at all. Skips a lot of important pages and information . It helps some to get the concept of the chapter but if your using as a study element do not trust its providing all the information written in this version . There is a lot of pages the reader skips around .

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I bought this book for a group book study. I thought haha I will do an audio version for listening on my commute. I grabbed the audio edition here on Audible and finished the book early. Once the book study began I quickly deciphered that I was missing content. I went ahead and shelled out additional money for the kindle version on a hunch that the Audible version didn't have as much as the written version. Sure enough there was so much missing from it that the Audible version is a waste of money and time and is basically obsolete.

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Very superficial and added no real insight.

Very superficial and added no real insight to what already isn't known by all mainstream clishe leadership principles.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fluff

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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

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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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All Fluff - No Beef

Each chapter gives you an "irrefutable law" of leadership. After the law, there are examples of how a major entity either succeeded or failed because they did or did not follow the law. Okay great, so far. So now I ask myself, "what can I do to follow this law?" And this is where the book fails. No suggestions are given. Basically it gives you the "what" and "why" but fails to offer the "how." For example, law #6 discusses that "solid ground" is important for a leader. The narrative is about how the Johnson Administration lost trust with the American people by telling them that the war in Vietnam is going well. And then . . . on to the next chapter. So I am left knowing that solid ground is important (but I already knew that). So now I know of a story from 1969. How does this relate to me? No explanation. What can I do in my daily life at work to help establish solid ground with my colleagues? No explanation. Any tips or ideas for an average person trying to move up the ladder to a leadership position? No. None provided. After listening to this audible book, I am left with one burning question: Where's the beef?

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  • 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.

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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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  • Mariam Issa
  • 08-05-19

Captivating listen!

The real life examples, story flow and steps were inspiring. Loved it!! Recommend this read to anyone in a leadership role as it helps put things into perspective and really encourages and teaches a leadership mindset

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-20

Exceptional

Simple, structured, concept and action based book, story based which is reflective, highly recommend for leaders.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-19

Great listen

Value information that is nicely summarised and layed out to effectively and easily be remembered.

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  • Ducarta
  • 05-20-19

Essential for all aspiring Leaders.

It's short, memorable and practical. This book covers so much in such a small space of time that I will certainly need to come back to it as I develop. I highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-19

wonderful book.

i recommend it to everyone, not just leaders. This book covers a lot of areas in a persons life, that's if you pay attention.

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  • C Efomi
  • 11-23-18

The best

this book is truly one of the best book on leadership. i highlight recommend it

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  • 10-12-18

wonderful overview of leadership

very easy to listen to & absorb the information. would highly recommend it to all

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  • Roman
  • 07-18-18

Valuable points backed by interesting stories

Loved it, a very interesting book to read that gives a lot to think about

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  • Sam
  • 10-25-18

awesome again John 😃

Always excited to get my hands on NeW JCM material, you never dissappoint, awesome again John 😃

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-19

Well read

Well read and easy to understand and take in, will review and play this book again.

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  • Robert King
  • 03-25-19

From the Master

A great listen from a master who knows his stuff from a long history of doing the work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-19

Intuitive but with lessons worth revisiting:

This audiobook stands out for me because it is a fantastic reminder of the finer details of leadership. Though many who read this might think “Well of course timing is important!” I think it also draws attention to some of the lesser known areas of which a person may be able to improve as well. I would recommend this to anyone trying to improve the way they lead and the way they conduct themselves around others. I can see myself coming back to this time and time again to remind myself of these lessons.

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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.

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