Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell is a basic leadership book. The focus of the book is in alignment with the title. Maxwell uses examples from his own leadership experience, sharing successes and failures. The common theme of asking questions is divided into to parts: Questions John Maxwell Asks and Questions Leaders Ask Him. Most emphasis is placed on answering questions from leaders, such as:
- What must I do to lead successfully?
- How does leadership work?
- How do I get started in leadership?
- How do I resolve conflict?
- How can I succeed?
- How can I successfully navigate leadership?
The book is informative, yet some of his other books are much better. This book reminded me of a summary of coaching calls or perhaps a solution to managing coaching clients. The structure is repetitive and the book loses it uniqueness after the “Ask question” concept is grasped. I’m a huge fan of John Maxwell books, yet I found this one a bit too simplistic and geared primarily to new leaders.
Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is excellent and one of the required books for my pastoral leadership class at Liberty University. Failing Forward is my favorite Maxwell book and I’ve recommended it many times to friends. I’ve read both of these books several times and they will continue to be reference books in my leadership library!
My Amazon Rating 3/5
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