A Leader’s Heart is a daily devotional journal compiled from various books by John Maxwell. Each page contains a Bible verse, a brief quote (2-3 paragraphs) by Maxwell, and space to write some thoughts and reflections. As a daily journal goes this one is pretty typical in format. The focus on leadership in bite-sized pieces could set it apart for those who want to become better leaders. For others who prefer more content, the short snippets may be unsatisfying. Of course, they can always buy one or more of Maxwell’s books. I would recommend that second chair leaders read Maxwell. If you are unfamiliar with his work A Leader’s Heart might be a good place to start.
The collection of thoughts-for-the -day does contain several usable quotes:
“Winston Churchill was once asked by a reporter what his country’s greatest weapon was against the [sic] Hitler’s Nazi regime. Without pausing for a moment he said: “it was what England’s greatest weapon has always been – hope.” p. 245
“You don’t have to be a ‘natural’ to become a great leader; you simply need a heart for God and a teachable spirit. Most of the great leaders in scripture were made, not born. Happily for us, God is still making them today. Could you be one?” p. 140
“To discover the proper course concerning a poor performer, a leader needs to ask, ‘Should this person be trained, transferred, or terminated?’ The answer will determine the appropriate course of action.” p.261
“A good leader knows that time is like gold, and good ‘spending habits’ are essential. It’s just that in this case the units are minutes, not dollars.” p.331
“If you desire to influence another person, the way to start is by nurturing them. What clergyman John Knox said over 400 years ago is still true: ‘You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.'” p. 50
Your appreciation of this volume will rest on the approach that you are looking for. Do you want leadership development in quick daily doses or would you prefer to drill down more deeply? Maybe both? I would recommend using A Leader’s Heart as a daily journal and then reading more deeply on those specific leadership areas that you want to develop.
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