Book Review: The 360 Degree Leader
Written by Writer and Author, William Ballard
I have just recently finished reading, for the second time, John Maxwell's book, The 360 Degree Leader, and I must say I have been empowered and impacted twice as much as I had been since the first time I read it.
Where is the best place from which to lead? The answer may surprise you!
It doesn't matter what organization or business venture you may be involved in, this book will impact you and empower you for the greatest effectiveness in your organization.
The middle of an organization is often the most optimal place to practice, exercise, and extend your influence without really having the responsibility for the failures that come with being in some leadership position. It is the best place to gain leadership experience!
Many times people have asked John Maxwell, “How can I implement what you teach when I’m not the top leader?”. Is it possible to lead well when you’re not the head cheese? How about if the person you work for is a horrible leader? The answer to these questions is a resounding yes!
This book is a fast read and rich with wisdom. People who desire to lead from the middle of organizations face unique challenges. Moreover, they are often held back by paradigms and misconceptions that prevent them from developing their influence. Mr. Maxwell, one of the globe’s most trusted leadership mentors, debunks these miconceptions (wait until you see what he says about the Myth of Influence, the Myth of Potential, and the Myth of Control), shows you how to overcome the challenges (the frustrating challenges that you balance everyday as a mid-level leader are universal), and teaches you the skills you need to become a 360° leader wherever you are in your organization.
If you have found yourself trying to lead from the middle of an organization, as the vast majority of professionals do, then I highly recommend this book. You have a unique opportunity to exercise influence in all directions by following the principles of 360° leaders:
The thing that you need to understand the most is that your influence is greater than you may be aware of.
Practice the disciplines and concepts of 360° leadership and the opportunities will be endless . . . for your organization, for your profession, and for your life.