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As the title suggests, this work is renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell’s exhaustive and comprehensive summary of what he believes are the 21 qualities all leaders must possess. Each chapter contains a trait, and each chapter is “introduced with a relevant quote, then followed by real examples…used to underpin the sharp theoretical discussion”. Through his insightful writing, Maxwell seeks to show that, while you can understand leadership, to actually be a leader requires more. In order to transform from someone that simply understands leadership to someone that is in fact a leader in the real world, Maxwell argues that the key is to build a proper character. Based on your character qualities, you can either become a great leader or you can block your path to success. By examining these 21 qualities that all leaders have exhibited over time, Maxwell allows the reader to understand what it takes to be the leader on the inside that you eventually wish to be on the outside.
Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individual on achieving their reflected best selves. An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.