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Good leaders ask great questions : your foundation for successful leadership
Maxwell, John C., 1947-
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First Edition.
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New York : Center Street, 2014.
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vii, 304 pages ; 24 cm
" In GOOD LEADERS ASK GREAT QUESTIONS, John C. Maxwell delves into the process of becoming a successful leader by examining how questions can be used to advantage. What are the questions leaders should ask themselves? What questions should they ask members of their team? He then responds to the toughest problems leaders have presented to him. Using social media, Maxwell offered the floor to followers with unanswered questions about what it takes to achieve their professional best, and selected seventy questions on the most popular topics, including: -- How can I discover my unique purpose as a leader? -- What is the most effective daily habit that any leader should develop? -- How do you motivate an unmotivated person? -- How would you work with a difficult leader who has no vision? This book is a thorough, insightful response to those readers and anyone who feels they have plateaued on their journey to develop their ultimate potential. Every leader has room to grow, and the advice in these pages will help readers assess their current position, and structure an effective plan to achieve their goals. "--
Part I: Questions I ask. 1. Why are questions so important? -- 2. What questions do I ask myself as a leader? -- 3. What questions do I ask my team members? -- Part II: Questions leaders ask me. 4. What must I do to lead myself successfully? -- 5. How does leadership work? -- 6. How do I get started in leadership? -- 7. How do I resolve conflict and lead challenging people? -- 8. How can I succeed working under poor leadership? -- 9. How can I successfully navigate leadership transitions? -- 10. How can I develop leaders?
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John Maxwell, America's #1 leadership authority, has mastered the art of asking questions, using them to learn and grow, connect with people, challenge himself, improve his team, and develop better ideas. Questions have literally changed Maxwell's life. In GOOD LEADERS ASK GREAT QUESTIONS, he shows how they can change yours, teaching why questions are so important, what questions you should ask yourself as a leader, and what questions you should be asking your team.

Maxwell also opened the floodgates and invited people from around the world to ask him any leadership question. He answers seventy of them--the best of the best--including . . .

What are the top skills required to lead people through difficult times?

How do I get started in leadership? How do I motivate an unmotivated person? How can I succeed working under poor leadership? When is the right time for a successful leader to move on to a new position? How do you move people into your inner circle? No matter whether you are a seasoned leader at the top of your game or a newcomer wanting to take the first steps into leadership, this book will change the way you look at questions and improve your leadership life.

Author Notes

John Calvin Maxwell an author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. He received a bachelor's degree at Ohio Christian University in 1969, a Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Maxwell's titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow, There's No Such Thing as Business Ethics (There's Only ONE RULE for Making Decisions), The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, The 360¬į Leader and numerous others. His books have sold millions of copies, with some like The Five Levels of Leadership making the New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Leadership guru Maxwell, author of more than 65 books, including 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, is a former pastor and friends with Rick Warren and other bestselling Christian authors; his work has a strongly Christian focus. Assuming that readers don't find this perspective off-putting, they're likely to find Maxwell's questions thought-provoking and encouraging; his friendly and conversational tone keeps complex leadership lessons palatable. Asking these essential questions of themselves will help readers learn to ask the right questions of others in the right way and synthesize information effectively. Maxwell addresses questions that will help you understand the people on your team, develop leaders, manage work relationships, guide your own leadership, and navigate leadership transitions, among other topics. The book is studded with memorable catchphrases-"specialize until you're special"-and end-of-chapter summaries with hundreds of questions designed to help readers in their quest for personal and professional growth. Clear and inspiring, this is a great approach to leadership. Agent: Matt Yates, Yates & Yates. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Leadership expert and life coach Maxwell (Developing the Leader Within You; 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth) explains the importance of asking questions to develop better ideas, engage others in conversation, and strengthen teamwork. He encourages readers who want to be successful to "embrace asking questions as a lifestyle" and instructs them to call for insightful and probing questions. Part 1, "Questions I Ask," discusses what questions leaders need to ask themselves and what to request of team members. Part 2, "Questions Leaders Ask Me," consists of Maxwell's answers to inquiries directed at him, solicited via social media and his blog. Topics include leadership potential, personal motivation, conflict resolution, and working with difficult bosses. The author concludes by reminding us that quality leaders ask great questions, adding, "They might not always know the answers, but they are made better simply by asking them." VERDICT An intriguing look at leadership with practical advice makes this book beneficial to students of business management and practitioners and to just about anyone who wants to develop and improve their skills.-Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Queens, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Part I Questions I Ask
1 Why Are Questions So Important?p. 3
2 What Questions Do I Ask Myself as a Leader?p. 26
3 What Questions Do I Ask My Team Members?p. 48
Part II Questions Leaders Ask Me
4 What Must I Do to Lead Myself Successfully?p. 87
5 How Does Leadership Work?p. 115
6 How Do I Get Started in Leadership?p. 145
7 How Do I Resolve Conflict and Lead Challenging People?p. 173
8 How Can I Succeed Working Under Poor Leadership?p. 203
9 How Can I Successfully Navigate Leadership Transitions?p. 231
10 How Can I Develop Leaders?p. 261
Conclusionp. 289
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 293