Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 By John Maxwell

225_350_book-2479-coverI am a dedicated reader of John Maxwell’s book. I try to get my hands on as much of his material as I can. So, when the opportunity to review his latest book arose, Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, I was excited. Plus, it was an update of a book that has had an impact on my life. I could not wait.

I was surprised to see how much of this book was Maxwell simply using material from other books that he has written in the last decade or so. If you have read anything from Maxwell during that time period then most of what is in this book will be a retelling of that material. While I am not disappointed, I was a bit let down as I was hoping for some new material.

That said, this book is a compiling of works Maxwell has written in the last 10 years and for those who are not familiar with Maxwell’s leadership knowledge this book is a great place to begin. For those who are familiar, it is a bit of the same old, same old.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon

book“Positive leaders drive positive cultures.” (The Power of Positive Leadership, pg 15)

In his book, The Power of Positive Leadership, Jon Gordon gives information on how and why positive leaders transforms teams and organizations. By doing, this positive leaders change the world.

As I began to read this book, I was quick to be introduced to the idea that positive leadership is not optimistic leadership. The difference between the two is that positive leadership understands that there will be struggles, trials, and hardships. It does ignore problem or treat them as if they are minor.Rather, Positive Leadership sees trials and struggles as necessary steps towards an end.

Gordon begins by first laying out what real positive leadership looks like. From there he begins to go into the various aspects of positive leadership and why it is beneficial to have a positive attitude while being a leader. It is not that Gordon is trying to put together a euphoric experience. Rather he is seeing the value that positive leadership can bring and lays for some guidelines so that positive leaders can be successful while working hard to get there.

One area that I found especially helpful is chapter 11. In this chapter Gordon lays out that positive leaders have to have determination semicolon what he calls. It gets into the knowing why you do what you do knowing, what you want to do, knowing that you love it, recognizes that at some point you will fail, but keep doing the right things and ignore the critics.

It is perhaps this last section on ignoring the critics that is really helpful because there are going to be critics and a positive leader has to know that they’re going to come. However, he will not allow their negativity to affect him and bring him down. Rather he will see their criticism, use it if valuable, and if it is not, disregard it and continue to move forward towards the goal.

This book should be read by those entering college and continue to be read throughout their college experience. Much of the information in this book needs to be taught to this demographic but is often not taught by leaders around them.As a result they struggle with figuring out what they need to do, how to go about doing it, and where to find guidance. I believe this book is a part of that guidance factor.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell

1e97599960a091645c8bdca50b8ad51fOne characteristic of a great leader is that they ask great questions. By asking great questions leaders can get answers and hopefully find the problems. When problems are identified then potential solutions can be developed.

In his book, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, John Maxwell gives the reader some excellent resources to lay the foundation for successful leadership. By going through some of the questions that he has asked and questions that are asked of him he can help future leaders develop and understand how to ask great questions.

One area in which he does this is first making sure that the leader is ready to ask great questions. What is meant by this is that if a leader is unprepared for answers that come from questions they are not ready to ask questions.

For example, if a manager decides he or she wants to improve productivity and ask the questions to employees of what slows down productivity he or she may receive an answer that is unexpected. If they are unprepared for candor they may take it as an affront to their management and as a result may struggle with changes that could help the company.

I really enjoyed how this is a more personal style of writing for Maxwell. He really gets into how he has ask great questions over the years and the benefit of doing so and his life. He that extrapolates this to the reader on how asking great questions can also benefit their life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

No Limits by John C. Maxwell

ee8e68948f0b2f69451e5a1347e3c4a7Are you struggling with the idea that you can do more but just cannot seem to do more? Many strive for more but just cannot seem to find the energy to do so.

John Maxwell, in his book No Limits, discuss three areas to increase capacity in a person’s life. By doing so, a person could achieve more and be more fulfilled in life. The three areas deal with removing what limits a person’s capacity, developing the capacities that already exist, and doing things that maximize a person’s capacity.

Capacity has an idea of being limited. A battery can only hold so much charge. A glass can only hold so much water. Maxwell counters that people have unknown capacities and this book sets out to show each person how to tap into unknown capacity.

*I receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Tozer for the Christian Leader (Compiled by Ron Eggert)

9781600667930Christian leaders are at the vanguard of movements. They are looked up to by their followers. They set the pace at which people grow, learn; mature. However, the leader who does not learn and grow will be a leader that will, at some point, fail those being led.

In the book, Tozer for the Christian Leader, works of A.W. Tozer have been compiled to challenge leaders to remember the source of their strength and wisdom: God. Each day is set to remind a leader of the vitality that comes from God and His Word. To ignore God is to set in motion a leader’s own downfall. Thus, this devotional is an excellent resource to remind leaders of why they lead and who leads them.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Visioneering (Updated) by Andy Stanley

visioneeringDo you have a plan for your life? Many do not and that should give cause for concern. If a person has no idea where they are going in life they will most likely become a drifter. However, that can change with a personal vision.

Andy Stanley, is his book Visioneering, has developed a guide for the discovery of, and the maintaining of, your personal vision. Stanley goes through the key areas of developing a vision and maintaining one and then has some action items. The action items are to allow the reader to formulate a personal vision or to maintain one that has already been developed so that it remains strong but adaptable as needed.

I really enjoyed this book and the use of Nehemiah as an example of someone who used his personal vision to change a nation. The study guide in the back of the book is also a nice resource for those that want to do a group challenge in the area of personal vision.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


A Minute of Vision for Men by Roger Patterson

978-1-4964-1777-0“Those who fail to plan plan to fail.”

One of the ways in which a man can be very susceptible to failing is by not having a vision. Sometimes this happens due to changes that need to be addressed and sometimes it happens because a man is not intentional about having a vision.

In his book, A Minute of Vision for Men, Roger Patterson gives one minute motivational readings for each day of the month to help men find motivation. Making sure that they are staying within a vision for their lives is vital and each reading helps keep a man on focused.

For example, it is presently the month of December as I write this and the focus on the motivational readings is the Christmas narrative. Patterson’s goal is to get a man to think properly about Christmas and not be caught up in the commercialism and the angst of trying to get to places and parties and events, etc. Rather, he wants me to focus on the fact that God became man and enjoy and remember who the holiday season is about rather than what some have made it.

I found the motivational readings for each day to be challenging but not so heavy as to be forgotten due to a level of reflection that is required. However, I also feel this could be a danger as it may allow some men to read it and think they’re okay and not take time to reflect deeper.

With that said, this would work really well with a Bible reading for a more in-depth devotional as a supplement to that and would, in my opinion, greatly help a man make sure his vision is proper and that being to focus on God and not on other circumstances.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.