Leadership experts and specialists estimate that 99% of all leadership occurs not from the top but from the middle of an organization. Usually, an organization has only one person who is the leader. So, what do you do if you are not that one person? Leading in all directions will require you to learn different sets of leadership skills which, in turn, can help you know how to direct your personal leadership growth. However, before getting into those skills and actions, we need to address other issues, starting with the seven myths believed by many people who lead from the middle of any organization.
"Maxwell believes that those who are deficit in leadership skills tend to hoard their information. They protect their work from peers, supervisors and subordinates in order to make sure they receive their due credit for the work they have done. He also believes that true leaders share everything. They share their best ideas, their hardest work, their most invested projects with everyone from every level in order to provide for the good of all. He feels this type of leader will ultimately reap the benefits of their unselfish and dedicated efforts and, like cream, rise to the top." Lifehack.org
"The 360-Degree Leader stands out among Maxwell's other classic leadership books because it describes a common problem and provides a set of easy-to-understand solutions. The main problem it addresses is the frustration many managers have when they want to lead their organizations but they don't sit on the top spot. To help them solve this dilemma, Maxwell describes how a leader at any level can become a "360-degree leader": an exceptional archetype of a leader who successfully leads up, down, across, and all around the organizational hierarchy. Throughout The 360-Degree Leader, Maxwell's smooth voice examines the smart things readers can do while trying to improve their careers and lives." BloombergBusiness
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