The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

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HarperCollins Leadership, Oct 17, 2011 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
As one of the globe's most trusted leadership mentors, John C. Maxwell debunks the myths that hold people back from leaning into and developing their influence. In this inspiring call-to-action, he shows middle managers how to leverage their unique positions and become 360 degree leaders by exercising influence in all directions--up (to the boss), across (among their peers), and down (to those they lead).Readers will learn how to overcome the challenges facing the vast majority of professionals, including the pressures and pain points that come from being caught in the middle, and will gain the confidence and competence to step into their roles as significant influencers. There are endless opportunities for those trying to lead from the middle of an organization. Complete with a workbook to help you personalize your leadership journey and the authors’ plethora of stories, studies, and development models and strategies, 360 Degree Leader equips you with the skills you need to begin making a difference in your organization, career, and life, today--with or without the promotion. From what you are, your influence is already greater than you know.

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Practical advice on improving influence

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Maxwell has written a practical, eye opening book to help anyone lead from where he presently serves. Through identifying leadership myths and sharing challenges leaders face, Maxwell shows every ... Read full review

Good read for those leading from the middle.

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When I get to the top then Ill learn to lead
I cant reach my potential if Im not the top leader
The Pressure of Being Caught in the Middle
Following an Ineffective Leader
One Head Many Hats
Leaders Like the Front More Than the Middle
Leading Others Beyond Your Position Is
LEADACROSS PRINCIPLE 2 Put Completing Fellow Leaders Ahead of Competing with
LEADDOWN PRINCIPLE 2 See Everyone As a 10
LEADDOWN PRINCIPLE 4 Place People in Their Strength Zones
LEADDOWN PRINCIPLE 6 Transfer the Vision

The 360Degree Leader Workbook
LEADUP PRINCIPLE 1 Lead Yourself Exceptionally Well
LEADUP PRINCIPLE 2 Lighten Your Leaders Load
LEADUP PRINCIPLE 3 Be Willing to Do What Others Wont
LEADUP PRINCIPLE 4 Do More Than ManageLead
LEADUP PRINCIPLE 6 Be Prepared Every Time You Take Your Leaders Time
LEADUP PRINCIPLE 8 Become a GoTo Player
VALUE 3 Leading Successfully at One Level Is a Qualifier for Leading at the Next Level
VALUE 5 360Degree Leaders Possess Qualities Every Organization Needs
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John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 31 million books in fifty languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management AssociationŽ and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, organizations that have trained millions of leaders from every country of the world. A recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, as well as the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders. He can be followed at For more information about him visit

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