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The 360° Leader Summary

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The 360° Leader SummaryDeveloping Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

360° Leader” is, once again, John C. Maxwell at his organizational best! A comprehensive guide for middle-level leaders who may be the unsung heroes of any company – and the 360-degree leaders from the title of this book.

About John C. Maxwell

John C. MaxwellJohn C. Maxwell is arguably – and even by acclamation – the leading authority on leadership and related subjects. He is the founder of both the John Maxwell Company and EQUIP and has written over 40 books, which have sold more than 20 million copies. Among them: “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” “The Five Levels of Leadership,” “Leadership Gold,” “Put Your Dream to the Test” and “Talent Is Never Enough”.

“The 360° Leader Summary”

Leading is something you are only able to do when you’re on the top, right? After all, that’s nothing more than common knowledge.


And we’re not talking about everyday leadership or something that stretches the definition of management or leadership. No, John C. Maxwell is interested in the real deal. And he demonstrates how you can lead from the middle of your organization just as well – if not even better – than those who are on the top.

And since it’s Maxwell we’re talking about, you know everything’s going to be neat and tidy. Or, in other words, organized as perfectly as possible.

In this case, we have six sections. Or, to break down all the numbers: 7 myths, 7 challenges, 9 lead-up principles, 7 lead-across and 7 lead-down principles, and 5 values.

Let’s take a look at each of them.

First of all, the 7 “myths of leading from the middle of an organization.” In this section, Maxwell busts some of the most widely spread myths which claim it’s impossible to lead from the middle of an organization. And he successfully demonstrates that you not only you can – but you can even be better at it!

However, there are as many challenges. The first challenge is “the tension challenge,” i.e., not knowing where you stand. Then, there’s “the frustration challenge,” or, following an ineffective leader. The third challenge is the many hats of leadership you have to wear: middle-level leaders can look 360 degrees around them – up, down, and across.

The forth challenge is winning the battle against the ego: even though you lead, you’re not on the top. Related to this is the fifth, “the fulfillment challenge”: people feel more fulfilled when on top. Sixthly, you have to champion your vision – which is a difficult task. And, finally, when you’re middle-level manager, you must lead people above you. This is “the influence challenge.”

So as to avoid repetition, we’ll leave the lead principles for the “Key Lessons” section. We’ll conclude the summary with the five values of the 360° Leader.

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