Christian Book Review | The 360 Degree Leader by John C. Maxwell

The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization by John C. Maxwell, Nashville, TN, Nelson, October 17, 2011. 314 pages. Reviewed by Thomas C. Wilcox.


A Book for Gaining Influence with Your Bosses and Coworkers

In The 360 Degree Leader, by John C. Maxwell, he takes leadership out of the realm of top management only and puts it back into the hands of those in middle management positions as well! He does this by taking his over 30 years of leading and sharing insights that will help those in the middle of organizations to influence those around them in all directions—those above them, those below them, and even those on the same level as they are. This is what Maxwell calls a 360-degree leader!

In this book, Maxwell does a great job at getting us to consider how, if we want to, we truly can influence those around us regardless of where we’re at or where they are in our organization (and I would argue in our life as well). One of the tools he uses to do this is the real-life stories from himself, his team, and other leaders he knows sprinkled through the book. Each of these stories really helps to bring home a point that he is trying to make.

I also enjoyed how each of the main sections was broken up into bite-sized chapters covering only one main principle each. This made the concepts easier to digest and allowed him to build whole sections’ concepts up over time. However, if you are trying to read whole sections of the book at a time, this can get a little overwhelming due to their size.

If you are into leadership development and desire to have more influence, especially over your bosses, then I recommend this book to you :)

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