LESSONS FROM THE 21 INDISPENSABLE QUALITIES OF A LEADER

Author: John Maxwell

I read this book last year but I stumbled on notes I had made while I read it. So, I thought since I’ve been too distracted to write a full review, how about sharing a couple of lessons and thoughts from the book?

1.Can people trust your handshake as they would a legal contract?

2.Improve your character; search for cracks. Identify areas you might have let people down.

3.Ask yourself whether your words and actions match –– all the time. 

4.Make others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you.

5.Love life; be passionate. Passion is contagious.

6.Give people hope. Put a 10 on every person’s head- expect the best of them.

7.Share yourself – wisdom, resources, and special occasions. Think about how you can add value to five people this year.

8.Look for trouble. If you’ve been avoiding problems, go out looking for them. You’ll only get better if you gain experience dealing with them. Every problem introduces you to yourself.

9.Work on yourself – you are your greatest asset or detriment. Accomplish more than is expected.

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10.Start listening not only for words, but also feelings, meanings and undercurrents.

11.Know yourself. If you are the kind of person who is not naturally self-aware, take time to learn about yourself. Ask people who know you well to name your three greatest talents and your three greatest weaknesses and then reflect on it.

12.Inspire others. Pour your life into others. All that is not given is lost. Make a list of things you can do to add value to friends and colleagues.

13.Build your courage. Do something stretching (anything you’re afraid of doing) Take a giant step.

14.Achieve a goal every day.

15.With money, you can never really win. If you focus on making it, you’re materialistic. If you try to but fail, you’re a loser. If you make a lot and keep it, you are a miser. If you make it and spend it, you are a spendthrift. If you don’t care about making any, you’re unambitious. If you make a lot and still have it when you die, you’re a fool- for trying to take it with you. The only way to really win with money is to hold loosely- and be generous with it to accomplish things of value.

Such a helpful and quick read. You’ll gain more by reading the book, I promise.

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