Twenty-one times a leader

Are you prepared to lead in the 21st century? If not, you may want to pick up The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow by John C. Maxwell. Even if you’re already in a position of quasi-leadership, this book may help you develop the characteristics necessary to take your role to the next level.

Throughout the book, Maxwell cites the words of prominent figures, among them Dr. Martin Luther King, to help describe the 21 crucial traits, including courage and responsibility, that define the best leaders. Charisma (see “You’re Such a Charmer!” Motivation, April 2000), which he defines as “the ability to draw others to you,” is another key characteristic. He cautions leaders-to-be to keep pride, insecurity, moodiness, perfectionism and cynicism in check, since all can stand in the way of your improving/expanding your personal magnetism.

If you want a lot of information but don’t want to carry around a tome, you’re in luck. The book is small and easy to carry. The chapters-each devoted to its own trait-are brief. While there aren’t any exercises to help you learn how to use what you’ve learned, it is still a good book that will give you the insight you need to help you lead.

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow by John C. Maxwell (Thomas Nelson, $14.99).

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