“The Right To Lead–Learning Leadership Through Character and Courage” by John C. Maxwell

Book Description

John Maxwell offers key principles, stories, and reflections on preparing a leader’s mind and heart to lead both themselves and others.

Leadership is something you learn and earn the right to do. Renowned business writer, motivational speaker, and NY Times bestselling author, John C. Maxwell, shares insight on what it takes to be a leader. The Right to Lead is a character study of outstanding men and women throughout history, focusing on the qualities that are consistent in the lives of these great leaders. Perfect for gift giving for a graduation, Father’s Day, or year-round for business or church leaders.

My Review

Though small in size, this book is big in impact.  It is inspiring and motivational.  Like a thick, juicy steak, you must chew it thoroughly, however, and savor each bite, taking time to digest it well.  Each chapter begins with a character quality Maxwell sees as inherent in a true leader. Thought-provoking quotes are peppered throughout the pages. Then, to illusrate, in superb story-telling form he takes us behind the scenes, inside the life of someone who exemplified that character quality, telling a fascinating factual story which illustrates how that character trait was essential in making that person a great leader. Beautifully made, colorful, this little book is a feast for the eyes as well. The gorgeous photos invite you to notice the details, causing your senses to awaken, your soul to open, your spirit to receive the message. You taste and experience the flavor of the details in each story. The stories made me examine my own life, and the examples stuck with me.  This book made me realize that leadership doesn’t come about by chance. There are obstacles and trials, hard choices and pain. The best leaders are exhibiting the character of Jesus Christ:  in sacrifice, integrity, humility, servanthood. I would recommend this book as an excellent gift-book for Fathers Day, or to give to a college grad, a new entrepeneur, a ministry leader or anyone wanting to make a difference in others’ lives and become a better leader.

“The Right To Lead” by John C. Maxwell; at Thomas Nelson

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