On Developing the Leader Within You

I recently finished reading Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell.

Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- “Leadership is developed, not discovered. The truly “born leader” will always emerge; but, to stay on top, natural leadership characteristics must be developed. In working with thousands of people desirous of becoming leaders, I have discovered they all fit in one of four categories or levels of leadership: The Leading Leader…The Learned Leader…The Latent Leader..The Limited Leader.”

2- “Management is the process of assuring that the program and objectives of the organization are implemented. Leadership, on the other hand, has to do with casting vision and motivating people.”

3- “Listed below are some characteristics that must be exhibited with excellence before advancement to the next level is possible:  Level I: Position/Rights…Level 2: Permission/Relationship…Level 3; Production/Results..Level 4: People Development/Reproduction….Level 5: Personhood/Respect.”

4- “Success can be defined as the progressive realization of a predetermined goal. This definition tells us that the discipline to prioritize and the ability to work toward a stated goal are essential to a leader’s success. In fact, I believe they are the key to leadership.”

5- “Integrity is not what we do so much as who we are. And who we are in turn, determines what we do. Our system of values is so much a part of us we cannot separate it from ourselves. It becomes the navigating system that guides us. It establishes priorities in our lives and judges what we will accept or reject.”

6- “1. Integrity builds trust.2. Integrity has high influence value. 3. Integrity facilitates high standards. A. Integrity results in a solid reputation, Not just an image. 5. Integrity means living it MYSELF BEFORE LEADING OTHERS.6. Integrity helps a leader be credible, NOT JUST CLEVER. 7. Integrity is a hard-won achievement.”

7- “The more you change, the more you become an instrument of change in the lives of others. If you want to become a change agent, you also must change.”

8- “WHY PEOPLE RESIST CHANGE? The change isn’t self-initiated…Routine is disrupted…Change creates fear of the unknown…The purpose of the change is unclear…Change creates fear of failure…The rewards for change don’t match THE EFFORT CHANGE REQUIRES…People are too satisfied with the way things are…Change won’t happen when people ENGAGE IN NEGATIVE THINKING…The followers lack respect for the leader…The leader is susceptible to feelings OF PERSONAL criticism…Change may mean personal loss…Change requires additional commitment…Narrow-mindedness thwarts acceptance of new ideas…Tradition resists change.”

9- “People change when they hurt enough they have. to change; learn enough they want to change; receive enough they are able to change. The leader must recognize when people are in one of these three stages. In fact, top leaders create an atmosphere that causes one of these three things to occur.”

10- “Great leaders understand that the right attitude will set the right atmosphere. which enables the right responses from others.”

11- “My success in developing others will depend on how well I accomplish each of the following: Value of people: This is an issue of my attitude. Commitment to people: This is an issue of my time. Integrity with people: This is an issue of my character. Standard for people: This is an issue of my vision. Influence over people: This is an issue of my leadership.”

12- “Successful people developers give THE RIGHT ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE…I need to work out their strengths and work on their weaknesses…I must give them myself…I must give them ownership…I must give them every chance for success.”

13- “My observation over the last twenty years has been that all effective leaders have a vision of what they must accomplish. That vision becomes the energy behind every effort and the force that pushes through all the problems. With vision, the leader is on a mission and a contagious spirit is felt among the crowd until others begin to rise alongside the leader. Unity is essential for the dream to be realized. Long hours of labor are given gladly to accomplish the goal. Individual rights are set aside because the whole is much more important than the part. Time flies. morale soars upward, heroic stories are told, and commitment is the watchword. Why? Because the leader has a vision!”

14- “The process for developing personal discipline…Start WITH YOURSELF…Start early…Start small…Start now…Organize your life…Welcome responsibility…Accept accountability…Develop Integrity…Pay now, play later…Become character driven instead of emotion driven.”


Omar Halabieh

Developing the Leader Within You


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