Wednesday, February 18, 2015

thoughts on Maxwell's 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs

                I thought that when I asked to review The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs (John Maxwell, Nelson Books, 2015) that I was going to get some new stuff. Wrong! This book was published previously  (2008) as Leadership Gold .    And now that I've voiced my disappointment there, let's proceed.
                Maxwell may be well regarded as a leadership guru, but this collection of tips and anecdotes falls short of what might be expected from the guru. From my perspective the best thing about many of the chapters was the title. Some of them are quite catchy, and I wanted to read those chapters (i.e. Don't end your ducks to eagle school)  and skip over some of the one with more prosaic titles.
                A lot of his tips seemed familiar rather than new, and then I realized that since the book was originally published several years ago, I've probably heard all the ideas since, probably at conferences  where others who may have incorporated some of these ideas, were sharing them as their own
                The 'Mentoring Moments' at the end of each chapter were helpful, as were some of the 'Application Exercises', but the anecdotal accounts were more than I wanted to read through.
NOTE TO PUBLISHER: Like at least one other reviewer has mentioned, I'm annoyed when I get a book and it seems familiar because I have already read it.  Have as many updates and new editions as you want, but please don't just change the name without making it very plain from looking at the cover.  There are so many books I want to read, that it's painful to spend time and/or money on something that I've read before (and probably wasn't impressed with or it would still be on my shelf.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review . The opinions expressed are my own.


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