John C. Maxwell and his team cherry-picked the essentials in subjects such as leadership, attitude, relationships, teamwork, and mentoring and put them in an easy to read format. The 101 series helped more than one million readers to become better leaders. Now, all 6 titles have been combined into The Complete 101 Collection. A solid 8-10 hours reading can’t make a leader out of anyone.
Attitude 101 deals with the formation and impact of attitude. Failure, success and the differences between attitude and character. Admit wrongdoings and forgiveness are important. Having the right attitude to lead, serve and enable growth is core to leadership. Each of us is created uniquely and performs differently, and should be treated as such.
Self-improvement 101 continues building your own leadership traits, before Leadership 101 concentrates on the ones to lead. You can lead, learn how to. Relationships 101 deals with the importance of relationships in every leadership setting. Success 101 focuses on the different perspectives on success and the generic principles to gain success and learn from failures. Teamwork 101, Equipping 101, and Mentoring 101 continue to highlight team formation, equipping people as a leader, and various mentoring possibilities to help your team grow, leave a lasting effect on the team, celebrate successes and develop new leaders during the journey.
John C. Maxwell has a typical writing style. Quotations and examples from other lives make up more than 90 percent of the content. And while his own professional leadership positions are in Christian church settings, you may expect a portion of Christianity injected as well. Leading a organization of volunteers, like a church is more difficult than a regular organization. Maxwell applies the same leadership principles, measures churches’ success in attendance or membership figures, plus the lasting effect of the leader. Business, politics, Christianity blended, obviously written from an American point of view. Reading The Complete 101 Collection also reveals a lot of redundancy in the books. Whole sections of stories, examples and principles are copied in titles, sometimes even more than once. Third, the books, and especially the examples and borrowed insights from others weren’t updated in the current decennial. Short summary of leadership stayed the same: influence. Reading the 101 Collection is time well spent.
About the author
John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold 25 million books, is called America’s #1 leadership authority. In 2014, Maxwell received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, and was named the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. andBusiness Insider. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained more than 5 million leaders in 188 countries. For more information visit JohnMaxwell.com.
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