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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

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Book Assessment: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

John C. Maxwell's: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership focuses on delivering the reader a powerful, definitive statement of foundational laws that shape leadership. The book is divided in 21 chapters, each of them containing essential skills that true leaders must learn in order to shape their path to become effective leaders. Potential, Influence, Self-Awareness, Respect are some of the attributes included in the book that build the path to effective leadership and success.

Readability: The structured way the book is organized provides the reader additional understandability and retention of important concepts. Each chapter specifically addresses one attribute in leadership, providing supporting examples to reinforce the new concepts learned. Despite the book's length, the importance of such important leadership concepts portrayed in Maxwell's book, along with the mentioned supportive examples, make the reading easier and lighter. I would rate the readability as 5 out of 5.

Relevancy: The Laws provided in the book are without doubt relevant to the course material. As stated on several speeches along the course, a true leader is defined by his/her core values and attributes. Dr. English stated how a specific set of core values define your message as a leader, the ability to influence people with those core values builds also the vision you want your followers to live by. Reinforcing the importance of core values in leadership, Mr. Brown also stated how core values define the way you lead, that define who you are, and obtaining this core values from relevant literature is a guide for building your self-awareness. I would rate the relevancy as 5 out of 5.

Practicality: Similarities between leadership concepts presented in the book, such as solid ground, self-awareness, between others; were in numerous occasions presented in the speeches as well. This provides added practicality in the book, proving how all the theoretical concepts in Maxwell's book can be applied to real world situations. Mr. Brown heavily emphasized and reinforced the ability to apply theoretical concepts into real experiences as fundamental in successful leaders. Chapter 6 in the book states how trust is the foundation of leadership, being the most important thing a leader must engender. Mr. Brown's quote "you cannot lead if you don't know how you are, or want you want" supports the idea portrayed in Chapter 6, as well as demonstrating one out of the many connections between theoretical and practical leaders. I would rate the Practicality as 5 out of 5.

Value as an Emerging Leader: Personally, Maxwell's book has been one of the best books in leadership I've ever had the chance to read. Books with such amount of content and material usually become hard and boring as you go through the pages, but Maxwell ability

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