You don’t have a leader title.
You may be in the middle of the organization, or at the bottom.
Up until now, you’ve been told that you can’t be a leader. That only comes when you are promoted to something with a title.
I’ve never believed that. But, somehow, we are told this lie over and over again.
In ‘The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization‘, John C. Maxwell wholeheartedly convinces you that this lie is untrue. You can lead from anywhere in an organization. In fact, sometimes you can lead better because of the fact that you don’t have a title.
I loved the way that he talks about the influence that you have in the organization. Often, without a title, we don’t realize the influence we have. However, many times, the people in the middle are the ones who can come up with the best ideas and the most productive ways to truly change. You also have the ability to be a valuable source of information to higher level leaders, who are no longer in the day to day happenings of the organization.
John takes you through a very detailed outline of 360 degree leadership. From the myths, to challenges, practical principles to lead up, across and down in the organization, and emphasizing the value of a 360 degree leader. This is a well thought out book with real life, practical examples of how to make a difference.
There were two main principles that stuck with me throughout the book.
“Your underlying strategy should be to suport your leader, add value to the organization, and distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack by doing your work with excellence.”
“What matters is that we are willing to do what it takes, to make a positive impact wherever we find ourselves in life – to add value in any way we can to others.”
These are basic principles, but they resonate with learning to be a leader where you are. It is your choice. John does a great job of explaining it and helping you understand it in a new way. However, now it is up to you to put it into practice.
I have highly recommended this book to many people and will continue to do so.