Christian Book Review | The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader by John C. Maxwell

Updated: Sep 11

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader by John C. Maxwell. Nashville TN: Thomas Nelson, 1999. 162 pages. Reviewed by Thomas C. Wilcox.


This book is great!

John C. Maxwell, who is an accomplished leadership speaker and author wrote this book to help build on the principles that he had laid out in his previous book, “ The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”. In this book we see Maxwell point out the heart of what it means to be a leader and what characteristics a leader at any level should produce if they wish to be effective and grow.

One cannot help but come away from this with the lesson of how important people are and should be to us if we wish to lead them effectively. This is the main lesson that I have retained from this book, to treat people with the love, honor, guidance, and respect that I would expect a leader to treat me with. If I had to pick one weakness of the book it is that the layout sometimes left me wanting, especially as he would build on a story and I would want to learn even more about that story (but this could be just me).

I would recommend this to anyone who is wanting to grow in their leadership because Maxwell is definitely an expert in this field and he lays out his information in such a way that it is both easily digestible and very applicable.

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