Review – The Right to Lead

7969578Title: The Right to Lead: Learning Leadership Through Character and Courage
Author: John C. Maxwell
Series: N/A
Genre: Nonfiction – leadership
Number of Pages: 128

My Rating: 


Maxwell draws from the stories of great men and women in history to illustrate essential qualities of leadership.


I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of The Right to Lead. It examines seven character qualities, giving each a chapter. The stories are fascinating and inspiring and the advice is sound.

At the end of each chapter, Maxwell tells the story of a historical figure as an example of a character quality. A few of the featured people are Eric Liddle, Harriet Tubman, Eddie Rickenbacker, John Wooden, and others. Some of the people are famous, others are lesser known, but each displays some facet of greatness.

The leadership advice is more than just fluff; it consists of helpful advice to live by. Along with a few excerpts from his other books, Maxwell also includes a bunch of wonderful leadership quotes from people throughout history.

This book is well organized, well written, and pithy. I believe it’s the best gift book I’ve ever read. It’s quick to read, but still offers plenty of wise advice worth remembering.

I recommend this to:

  • Leaders.
  • Businesspeople.
  • Anyone wanting something short to read.

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• The basis of courage is individual initiative. If we cannot act alone, we cannot act together.

• Your character is your most effective means of persuasion.

Have you read any books by John Maxwell? What are your favorite leadership books? Let me know in the comments!



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