(Book review) Developing the Leader Within You 2.0

Reviewed by: Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, professor of communication at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana



Title: Developing the Leader Within You 2.0

Author: Rev. John C. Maxwell

Publisher: Harper-Collins

Publication Date: January 16, 2018

Format: Paperback book

Length: 238 pages


John Maxwell began his career as a pastor and motivational speaker. Eventually, he left the ministry to enter full-time teaching as a workshop leader, consultant, and writer.  He has since become a contributing writer for Success magazine and a recognized expert in the area of leadership training.  This current book is an update, revised version of his original book of this title that was published 25 years ago.  Many of Maxwell’s prior elements of developing leadership, such as lessons on credibility, goal setting, empathy, time management, and teamwork, are still emphasized in this new version of the book.  However, by necessity, new sections on modern communication, networking, social media, gender and ethnicity inclusion, and global expansion had to be added in order to keep the book relevant and pertinent to contemporary readers.

Maxwell’s style of writing continues to be conversational, anecdotal, and logical. He doesn’t lecture, he shares.  He doesn’t criticize, he offers options. He doesn’t ridicule, he suggests better alternatives.  Anyone hoping to step into a leadership role in a business, church, political arena, or social organization will find this book to be a good training manual.  Its lessons are drawn from Maxwell’s professional experiences, and its applications are generic enough to be of help to folks of all ages and career choices.


Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

Anyone in a leadership role who wishes to become more effective and those who desire to attain a position of leadership.

Christian Impact

Although John Maxwell is a consultant for many secular organizations and businesses, he never discounts his beliefs in Christian values, morals, and ethics.  He does not preach, but his conviction is obvious.

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