"Leadership Theories" by John Maxwell.

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THE 21 INDISPENSABLE QUALITIES OF A LEADER BY JOHN MAXWELL BACKGROUND/PROFILE OF AUTHOR John Maxwell is the founder and chairman of the INJOY Group, organizations he created to partner with people by helping them to maximize their personal and leadership potential. He is an expert on leadership, speaking to more than 250,000 people a year on growth, leadership and personal development. Last January, our country was privileged enough to have him come over and conduct a Leadership Conference at the Araneta Coliseum. Maxwell was born in Ohio to a pastor and a homemaker. From the early age of three, Maxwell knew that he wanted to follow his father's footsteps (Melvin Maxwell) and become a leader too. At age 17, he began preparing himself…show more content…
The reader must try to determine how much of his/her conversations with others are focused on him/herself. He/She is then advised to play the "First Impression Game", wherein he/she must make a good first impression in all conversations. To play the game, he/she must shift his/her topic away from him/herself, and towards the other party. Last, he/she must open up and share him/herself with others by listening, complimenting and giving advice. Chapter 3: Commitment - It Separates Doers from Dreamers: To prepare the reader for the exercise, Maxwell asks him/her to measure the amount or intensity of his/her commitment for different aspects of his/her life. After this, he must take a second look at his priorities and rearrange them by reflecting on which are of more importance than the others. Maxwell's next advice is for the reader to publicly announce his/her refreshed commitment to certain things in his life, so to prevent backing out from the goals. Chapter 4: Communication - Without It You Travel Alone: John Maxwell insists that in communicating, the message must be simple and clear. A leader must not beat around the bush but get straight to the point. Maxwell then tells the reader to focus his/her attention to the people he/she will communicate with --- what their needs are, what touches them, etc. But apart from using this knowledge, he/she must believe in and live out his/her message. Chapter 5: Competence - If You Build It, They Will Come: Maxwell
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