The Leader’s Greatest Return | John C. Maxwell

Summary of: The Leader’s Greatest Return: Attracting, Developing, and Multiplying Leaders
By: John C. Maxwell

Introduction

Embark on a journey to unlock the secrets behind creating successful organizations with John C. Maxwell’s book, ‘The Leader’s Greatest Return: Attracting, Developing, and Multiplying Leaders.’ Discover the power of investing in leadership development, and explore practical insights on identifying potential leaders, nurturing their growth through motivation, developing good habits, and fostering a supportive environment. Learn how strategic selection and alignment of leadership teams can propel your organization forward and understand the importance of mentorship to cultivate a culture of constant growth and development.

Power in Numbers

Developing a network of leaders within your organization is the key to success. While having a strong leader is necessary, it’s equally important to have a team of individuals with leadership abilities. By nurturing and developing leaders, organizations gain access to valuable perspectives, insights, and resources. A team of leaders also improves an organization’s reputation, making it easier to recruit top talent and drive growth. Investing in leadership development is crucial for any successful organization.

How to Identify Potential Leaders in Your Organization

Finding the right candidate for a leadership position is crucial for any organization’s success. This book emphasizes the importance of assessing the organization’s needs and identifying potential leaders who possess the necessary skills and qualities. Simply finding someone with a good track record is not enough. It is essential to look for individuals who have a passion for leading and are prepared to work hard in the face of adversity. These leaders are good at taking charge, drawing others to them and influencing them to work towards a common goal. So, if you want your organization to climb trees, hire squirrels, not horses.

Motivation and Habit: The Key to Developing Great Leaders

Developing great leaders requires more than just talent and a good track record. Motivation and habit are essential ingredients for success. Different people are motivated by different things. Understanding your potential leaders’ motivators is crucial in helping them reach their goals. However, motivation alone is not always sustainable in the long run. That’s why developing good habits is equally important. By providing encouragement, training, and serving as a good example, you can help your leaders-in-training consistently work towards improving themselves. Over time, this consistency leads to habit, and being in the habit of always improving is what ultimately results in great leaders.

The Power of a Leadership Table

A writers’ group can inspire leadership growth by providing valuable feedback. In the same way, a leadership table can benefit aspiring leaders by allowing them to learn from established ones. This space should not be exclusive, but open to all potential leaders. By spending time with experienced leaders, aspiring leaders gain new ways to think, approach problems, and take action. They also form connections that can benefit their careers. The members of the leadership table should apply what they learn in their daily lives and report back on their progress, setbacks, and insights.

The 70/20/10 Learning Model for Aspiring Leaders

Aspiring leaders need practice, direction, and freedom to learn effectively. The 70/20/10 learning model explains that 70 percent of learning happens during hands-on, practical experience, 20 percent from feedback and coaching, and 10 percent from training. To help these leaders learn, give them real problems to work on and set challenging, realistic, measurable, and clearly stated goals. Finally, remove any barriers they may face by providing them with the right resources and enough authority to maximize their potential.

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