Some people have criticized this book in part because it does not tell us anything that a reasonably intelligent person does not already know. If this were true, then why are the ideas contained within this book in practice throughout corporate America to a greater extent? Maxwell begins by shattering a series of myths that one has to be the top leader to have a voice within an organization. Then he advances on to discuss how one can increase their leadership by doing seemingly basic things like first taking care of yourself, than others, before moving on to take on more responsibility.
For me as a twenty something year old guy questioning the direction of his life, the 360 Degree Leader was a sobering wake up call about the things that I am not doing in my life. Our own thinking often holds us back in life as we get trapped in our own whimsical dreams or short-sided desires for fame and fortune. The road of middle leadership is a tough and rocky road marked by hard work...
If you like a checklist of what to do, which may seem obvious, but then you also need sub bullets for each checlist item which extrapolates on the rationale or provide an example of an interpersonal skill you might employ, this is the book for you. If you have done any managing of people or, in the situation as my husband who has been an executive for 40 years, and have had children and worked on committees and in the corporate world, then you will find this book not just trite and dumbed-down but also redundant. If you are a young person starting the work world and wanting to have a guide book of potential situations you MAY encounter, especially those related to office gossip, then this is the book for you. Anyone over 40 need not read it. Go to the bookstore and copy the last summary page of every chapter. I often read passages to my husband for comedic relief during my leadership class (graduate school leadership course, book selected by professor, aimed at young professionals...
This book had been recommended and appeared to have a good reviews so I purchased. I was very disappointed.First of all, the content is light. This would have been a decent magazine article but Maxwell stretches it out by repeating things over and over and writing shout-outs to all his friends and colleagues. Secondly, the material is very cliched. Lastly, I just disagree with a lot of the suggestions, particularly about taking up your boss' hobbies so you can converse more meaningfully with him. Full disclosure - I stopped reading after about 60% (obviously I'm reading on Kindle) because it was no longer a valuable use of my time. Maybe it gets better toward the end....
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