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Summary

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 70 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 listeners assess their current position, and structure an effective plan to achieve their goals.

©2014 John C. Maxwell (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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Very powerful concept

The book captures many aspects of leadership than the title suggests. The concept is simple and can be put to practice in daily life

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Incredibly helpful

Incredibly helpful on many levels: self-leadership, team dynamics, working with poor leaders etc. About to listen again to a few chapters having just finished.

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30min of egocentric rambling

For a book that costs £20+ it sure takes a long time to get to the point. I appreciate good storytelling, but I can't stand it when author's spend 30min blowing smoke up their own rear-end instead of focusing on the reader. After a 5km run I'm still listening to the author introducing the book instead of getting to the parts of the book I paid for. I'm sure there are valuable lessons. But I'm not waiting around for 3hrs to get to it.

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Overall good book.

This book is a good resource to have and questions ask with the book will help shape the trajectory of your leadership.

A must listen.

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Great read!

Very Insightful information about developing your leadership skills, I will listen to it again because it's that good.

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A revelation

From questions such as what make a great to how to develop leaders. This book offers an insightful take on leading and influencing others, so it is a must read for anyone looking to develop themselves into that area.

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Over a moon

I have listen at least 5 times this amazing book. Absolutely loving it, his voice its great, leadership perceptions of his pin of views explained so well. Rainy day, sunny day he is my best friend whenever I find time to listen while driving while painting. Obsoletely brilliant book and highly recommended to all!!!

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Ask and you shall receive!

A fantastic listen, thoroughly enjoyed.

Great perspectives provided and inspirational, noteworthy info. A must read for any leader.

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lessons in arrogance

Really didn't enjoy the self centred me me me my my my news of the author and at best his false modesty. couldn't finish and maybe I missed some gems but gutted to have wasted a few hours listening to him get increasingly arrogant as his story unfolded

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amazing 😍

very engaging and informative, sometimes we do forget to ask why and this book remind me of the reason and the benefits of querying my own actions

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  • Allison
  • 24-05-16

Not what I expected

Maxwell of course fills the book with great wisdom, but I was expecting to learn HOW a smart person (a leader) thinks of and asks great questions. Instead he gives answers to many different questions that people may ask, specifically regarding leadership. So while I was hoping to learn the thought process that would lead me to continually ask great questions of others, instead I learned about some common leadership issues and concerns. Very different. It's still a great book, full of insight and leadership advice, but just be mindful of that so that your expectations aren't misconstrued like mine were.

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  • Gregory
  • 24-09-16

Good Leaders ask Great questions.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you are interested in Leadership, This book is for you.

What was most disappointing about John C. Maxwell’s story?

If you are interested Great Questions and how they will inprove your business, this book is not for you.

What aspect of John C. Maxwell’s performance would you have changed?

After about one or two chapters, John goes totally of the subject of Questions and straight to his strength which is Leadership. There is not enough information on Question to improve your bottom line, getting prospects for business and improving relationships.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

As far as Leadership and Johns personal experience, the book has some valuable insight,

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  • Christine
  • 09-08-17

My favorite leadership book, thus far.

I have read over a dozen books of John Maxwell in my 30s so it's been a while since I picked up a book that he's authored. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It never lost its momentum. And the bonus, because Maxwell is a fantastic narrator, the audio version is as if you are having a one on one mentoring session with him on a daily basis. This is invaluable.
If you are in a leader/manager role capacity, you need this book; If you are dealing with a difficult employee or boss, you need this book; etc. I emphasize NEED because not only does Maxwell walks you through the problem, he tells you how. His solutions are very much dialogue base driven. Thus far, this is my favorite book in leadership. It is exhaustive. It is concise. And it is very well written.

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  • T.Om
  • 07-01-19

Only a leader gets to learn from this book!

I really enjoyed listening to this book because it is an aggregate of so many questions that many leaders would be asking in their lifetime - at one point or another. So Maxwell offers the answers based on his extensive experience in the various leadership positions he held in his life.

*My key take aways:
1- You won’t be able to carry people forward if they don’t want to go there themselves.
2- When working under bad leadership, DO NOT COMPLAIN, we need to CONFRONT and BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
3- FIND YOUR STRENGTHS and DON’T MAJOR IN YOUR WEAKNESSES.

*Quotes that resonated:
- I don’t Believe you can do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.
- The book you don’t read can’t help you; the seminar you won’t attend can’t change your life. The business gets better when you get better. Never wish it were easier, wish you were better.

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A short excerpt on Creating an Environment of Encourage & Support:
One of the ways Coach Wooden used to do that was to ask his players to acknowledge the skills and contributions of others. He told each player that if a teammate made a great pass or set a pick that allowed him to score, he should acknowledge the teammate on the way back down the court. One time a player asked, “Coach, if we do that, what if the teammate that made the assist isn’t looking?” Coach Wooden replied, “He will always be looking.” Coach knew that people look for and thrive on acknowledgment and appreciation.

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  • Ericka Delaine-Warner
  • 17-09-18

I couldn’t get past the author’s arrogance

I gave up and quit listening after Part 1. The author came off as very self-centered. The many examples he offered were all praises of himself from the people around him. I read another book by him prior to reading this one, so I was aware of a slight tendency towards arrogance (although it was a wonderful book). This book, however, was unbearable.

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  • ShredHead
  • 24-07-19

Some worth while bits in the first third

After the first third it simply turns into a boastful sales pitch to the John C. Maxwell buy in scheme.

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  • EJ
  • 16-07-19

Not impressed

The most disappointing part about this is that the author is supposedly a religious leader and it is obvious he worships the all mighty dollar. He talked a lot about using people as a means of him achieving financial prosperity but I didn't really get any sense of compassion or any emotional connection to others beyond how they can be used to further the author's own simple, unfettered greed.

His story about firing most of his employees over a 3 year period and replacing them shows that he is far more worried about his financial bottom line than actually being a good leader or helping people. The #1 one piece of advice I took from this is that a John Maxwell type leader is always willing to dump someone who is not 100% focused on glorifying the leader. He basically uses the same casual disregard for other people that you see in authoritarian regimes.

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  • DR
  • 22-07-15

Excellent book

Learning the ability to inspire people to think and give feedback. Developing leaders around you. Creating an inner circle that helps you grow. A great deal to practice and learn about yourself as a leader.

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  • dbousquet
  • 10-06-15

Great Question

Transforming if you'll allow the message to set in. Johns passion for transforming mediocre leaders into effective ones bleeds through every word!! Blessed to have heard the message, hooked!!

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  • Zac and Joy Haley
  • 07-01-16

Great ideas, dry presentation

Maxwell is intelligent, and an extremely credible on this topic. I just don't care for his style of presentation.

He uses a lot of comparisons: "do this... Don't do this... " "successful leaders do theses things, while unsuccessful leaders do those things" he doesn't tell many stories, and when he does, they're not exciting. He tells his audience ideas rather than showing the principles in action.

If you learn well from black and white, how to type content, you'll love this.

Again, the ideas are fantastic. Presentation is lacking in my opinion.

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