Leadership Skills : John Maxwell 's Leadership

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When preparing for a career in business it is important to have strong leadership skills. John Maxwell’s book, Maxwell’s Leadership Bible, is a great place to look for biblically grounded leadership skills. Maxwell’s Law of Influence is very important for many reasons, including but not limited to the fact that without influence, good or bad, people will not follow someone, and who the person has great weight over whether or not someone will follow that person. As an athletic director, these principles apply when scheduling sporting events, overseeing the athletic department and making sure that all division rules are followed.
According to John Maxwell, the Law of Influence is fundamental when one is in a leadership position because,
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Coaches, parents are other athletic directors are constantly pushing to have things the way they want it to be and it takes a lot to do the job. Athletic directors are also in charge of making sure that the fields/courts are ready for teams, and they have to make sure that the different teams are staying within a budget. There is a lot that goes into being an athletic director and his leadership skills play a big part into how well he can do the job.
An athletic director is the head of a colligate/high school athletic department, and has been hired for that position because of experience he has and the schooling he went through to get there. Because of experience and schooling, athletic directors have a position of power, but contrary to popular belief, that does not mean that they are automatic leaders. This is known as the Position Myth which states that, “leadership is not based on rank or title. It’s not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position” (Maxwell, 2002, pg. 2). The knowledge that an athletic directors possesses does not equate to leadership either. Having knowledge and using it well to lead other people are two very different things. If an athletic director can effectively use his knowledge to lead other people then that would make him a leader; however, an athletic director who knows all of the right things but cannot successfully apply his knowledge would

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