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What is a leader According to John Maxwell a leader is anyone who others follow and look to for guidance There are many different types of leaders in this world Some lead a family friends organizations businesses towns states or even countries What is it that separates good leaders from great leaders Why are some leaders merely tolerated while people zealously follow others John Maxwell believes that the difference is whats on the inside of the man that makes him a great leader In The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader Maxwell lists 21 qualities that all great leaders possess This list includes character charisma commitment communication competence courage discernment focus generosity initiative listening passion positive attitude problem solving relationships responsibility security self-discipline servant hood teachability vision Maxwell devotes one chapter to each of the 21 qualities that all great leaders possess He urges his readers not to sit down and read the book from cover to cover but instead to live with this book for a while He states that he has written this book to help you recognize develop and refine the personal characteristics needed to be a truly effective leader the kind people will want to follow He encourages the reader to focus on one chapter at a time and watch how others as well as yourself exhibit this quality He challenges the reader to determine ways that this trait can be improved in his life and to spend extra time developing this area before moving on to the next chapter Maxwell insists that leadership is developed from the inside out and takes time to mature and grow he states leadership develops daily not in a day If as a leader you do not change from the inside out you will more than likely be crushed from the outside in Your foundation of core qualities must be strong enough to support you when the storms of adversity
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