Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Resources on Leadership

Please suggest titles for the list at the bottom of the page and please feel free to submit your own reviews and/or descriptive summaries!

Maxwell, John C. (1999). The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc. ISBN 0-7852-7440-5. $17.99.

Committed and effective leadership will help create more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse libraries and communities. This book by Maxwell does not address diversity specifically but it is one of the best short guides on the market toward developing effective leadership. Unlike other books focusing on workplace negativity and how to deal with it his approach and the tone of his writing are positive and nurturing. For each of the twenty-one characteristics Maxwell enumerates, he presents snippets of real-world problems, the solutions, and the process by which the well-known leaders employed to solve those problems. Each chapter contains the same subheading structure and is concise. Readers could finish this book in a couple of hours and make a quick reference list of the twenty-one qualities as a reminder. One major drawback is there is no bibliography for this short guide.

Maxwell authored over two dozen books on leadership and developed multi-media materials for training. This book could serve as a stand-alone resource for people completely unfamiliar with leadership principles and crushed for time or as an introduction to Maxwell’s work.

--Kay Shelton

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