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John C. Maxwell

The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace

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Leadershift by John C. Maxwell is a leadership book that explores the need for leaders to shift and adapt in a changing world. It offers practical insights for developing the necessary skills to lead with impact in any situation.

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    Great leaders bring out the best in everyone, rather than seeking to shine themselves.

    Too many would-be leaders, like Maxwell himself early in his career, think mostly of themselves. Focused on their own goals and aspirations, they don’t realize that being a leader is not about what you can do for yourself; it’s about what you can do for others.

    To be a true leader, you need to make the mind-set shift from me to we.

    A great way to think of this is in terms of an orchestra. Many would-be leaders are stuck in the mind-set of the soloist – the elite performer whom everyone else serves. True leaders behave more like the conductor, focusing on how they can help everyone else produce a great result. After all, as South Korean cellist-turned-conductor Han-Na Chang says, conducting offers the opportunity to draw limitless potential from an entire group of people.

    Key to making the shift from soloist to conductor is ensuring that you truly understand the people around you. One evening in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Maxwell was speaking on leadership, he was invited to watch two hundred people dance the tango, in perfect rhythm and harmony.

    His host explained that the secret to the exquisite perfection on show was for each dance pair’s leader truly to understand his partner; to be able to lead effectively, you need to know what it’s like to be led. Well, the trust, cooperation and mutual understanding required to make the tango look beautiful are just as important in the world of work.

    So just like any good conductor or tango lead, you should be focused on helping others to shine. You can do this by making sure you have the right attitude toward your people and your relationship to them. Center your leadership around their needs. Listen to them first, before you expect them to listen to you. Work out what your people do well, and compliment them on it. If you set out a big picture for your organization, make sure they are in it. And don’t just tell them your vision – invite them to help you achieve it.

    These actions are simple. But they’ll only work if they’re backed with an intentionality that says, “My focus is to help others shine.” And none of this is to say that you shouldn’t focus on your own growth. You just need to do that in the right way. Let’s take a look at what that right way is.

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    What is Leadershift about?

    Leadershift (2019) helps leaders and would-be leaders develop the ability and desire to make the changes in their leadership that will positively boost not just their growth, but that of their organizations. It shows how, with the right mind-set and the most up-to-date thinking, we can all achieve great things as leaders.

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    Leadershift (2019) by John C. Maxwell is a valuable resource that explores how leaders can adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Here are three reasons why this book deserves your attention:

    • It provides practical strategies that leaders can implement to navigate the challenges of change and stay ahead in their respective fields.
    • By showcasing real-life examples of successful leaders, the book offers insights and inspiration that are both relatable and applicable to readers' own leadership journeys.
    • Through its engaging narratives and thought-provoking ideas, the book keeps readers engrossed, ensuring that the topic of leadership remains anything but dull.

    Best quote from Leadershift

    When you interact with others as a leader, what is your mind-set? Is your intention to correct them or connect with them?

    —John C. Maxwell
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    Who should read Leadershift?

    • Leaders who want to keep up to date with current leadership thinking
    • Anyone who wants to learn how to influence

    About the Author

    John C. Maxwell is a pastor, businessman and a New York Times bestselling author described by Business Insider as the most influential leadership expert in the world. His books, including titles such as The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, have sold millions of copies, and his training organizations, which include the John Maxwell Team and EQUIP, have trained millions of leaders.

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    Leadershift FAQs 

    What is the main message of Leadershift?

    The main message of Leadershift is the need to adapt and change in order to lead successfully in today's rapidly evolving world.

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    Is Leadershift a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Leadershift is definitely worth reading for anyone looking to enhance their leadership skills. It provides valuable insights and practical strategies for adapting to the demands of modern leadership.

    Who is the author of Leadershift?

    The author of Leadershift is John C. Maxwell.

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