Day 43: The Exceptional Wisdom of John C. Maxwell

I don’t read anywhere near as much as I would like to, so when I do, it’s almost exclusively about leadership or my faith. Recently I began re-reading one of the many John C. Maxwell books in my cupboard again. He’s a particularly insightful hero of mine so I have no qualms in doing whatever it takes to hear what he has to say on the subject of leadership. The book is called ‘Be a People Person‘- I wanted to share an excerpt with you:

“J.C Staehle, after analysing many surveys, found that the principle causes of unrest among works were the following, listed in order of appearance:

1. Failure to give credit for suggestions.

2. Failure to correct grievances.

3. Failure to encourage.

4. Critisizing employees in front of other people.

5. Failure to ask employees their opinions.

6. Failure to inform employees of their progress.

7. Favouritism.”

How true this is! When I think of any issues I’ve had with work, it has almost always boiled down to one of these factors; similarly, more often than not it is one of these factors that causes issues for the people that I lead too. These factors don’t just apply to work scenarios – they can cause problems in every facet of our lives if we’re not careful. Rather than go into great depths with my own thoughts on this, I’d rather leave it open. I’m not in a position to tell you what you can and can’t do to lead phenomenally well – I’m still working that out for myself after all. Having said that, I’d still like to strongly encourage you to at least take a look at them and see if there is anything there that you can improve on. There is a lot of work to do for me!!

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