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Publisher's Summary

If you've never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you've been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you'll love this new expanded and updated one.

Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better:

  • Every Law of Leadership has been sharpened and updated
  • Seventeen new leadership stories are included
  • Two new Laws of Leadership are introduced
  • New evaluation tool will reveal your leadership strengths - and weaknesses
  • New application exercises in every chapter will help you grow

Why would Dr. Maxwell make changes to his best-selling book?

"A book is a conversation between the author and reader," says Maxwell. "It's been 10 years since I wrote The 21 Laws of Leadership. I've grown a lot since then. I've taught these laws in dozens of countries around the world. This new edition gives me the opportunity to share what I've learned."

©2011 Thomas Nelson, Inc. (P)2011 Thomas Nelson, Inc.

What the critics say

"Our nation and its institutions are crying out for leaders. John Maxwell...shows us the true path to leadership through the application of timeless principles supported by the bedrock of personal character." (Edward C. Emma, President & CEO, Jockey International, Inc.)
"An irrefutable must-read on leadership that is a simple and powerful list of guidelines to help build leadership in many areas." (S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman, Chick-fil-a, Inc.)
"John Maxwell understands what it takes to be a leader, and he puts it within reach with The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. I recommend this to anyone who desires success at the highest level, whether on the ball field, in the boardroom, or from the pulpit." (Tom Landry, former head coach, Dallas Cowboys)

What listeners say about The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, 10th Anniversary Edition

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Accurate and Practical guide in leadership

Love this boom very short and sweet and easily transferable to the leaders of your organization.

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Worth studying & practicing

These laws are a great foundation, I would listen to it again but perhaps with a writing pad or notebook and study them carefully.

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Good lessons but need updated stories

Really helpful with good points that will either be new or reinforce an experience leaders philosophy.

The one knock I can give it are the stories he tells about successful leaders which are almost comically out of date now. To name a few, stories about Ray Kroc, the owner of Chick-fil-a, Lance Armstrong, and a couple others who may not be the best examples of success in 2019.

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Waste of a credit

Says things like... He was a great leader because he leads well. Leaders who are great leaders are a 10. Very vague. Feels like he freestyled the book in 10 mins. repeats himself alot.

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Wonderful & Practical

Absolutely one of the best and most practical books on leadership! The laws are clearly explained with vivid stories on how they are implemented.

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Great lessons.

I enjoyed listening to this book. It’s very efficient. It offers great lessons and examples to support them.

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Leadership best principles

All leaders should read this book ! Business School would have advantage to make it compulsory.
This is a MUST !

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Quick and well done

Good description of the 21 Laws without extending the narrative too long. I loved it!

* the music at the beginning and end threw me off a bit but the book was great and I will definitely listen to it a couple more times!

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Another great John Maxwell listen

Great listen,
Mr. Maxwell always delivers trruth and empowers me as a reader. his conviction and powerful examples make you ready to tackle leadership and have a checklist to make sure you're still on point.
Not his best book, but still a cut above the rest

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Growth for me! WOW - a must Read!!!

I have listened to chapters over again. It gave me tackle items I realized I needed to grow into. My journey has started and I am now in continuous growth, never looking back to the stand still.

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  • BigEd24
  • 2018-06-15

Does not follow the physical book

I bought this Audio to help me with school . I tried following it with the actual book but this does not follow it at all. Skips a lot of important pages and information . It helps some to get the concept of the chapter but if your using as a study element do not trust its providing all the information written in this version . There is a lot of pages the reader skips around .

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  • Yolanda Charles
  • 2018-09-30

Incomplete

I bought this book for a group book study. I thought haha I will do an audio version for listening on my commute. I grabbed the audio edition here on Audible and finished the book early. Once the book study began I quickly deciphered that I was missing content. I went ahead and shelled out additional money for the kindle version on a hunch that the Audible version didn't have as much as the written version. Sure enough there was so much missing from it that the Audible version is a waste of money and time and is basically obsolete.

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  • The Neisens
  • 2018-10-03

Very superficial and added no real insight.

Very superficial and added no real insight to what already isn't known by all mainstream clishe leadership principles.

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  • Bee Bear
  • 2016-07-16

Something Lacking in this Book

I really wanted to enjoy this book. Some of the anecdotes were enjoyable;however, the information provided is vague. It is easy to make a list of "laws" but without tips for implementation it seems rather useless. This book needed to be more in depth to be functional in my humble opinion.

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  • will
  • 2014-10-05

Good Use of an Audible Credit

This is a great listen for someone who is interested in learning more about leadership. I put off buying this book because it was "only" around three hours long and I always want to get the most for my credits, but I really appreciated Maxwell being succinct. If you can communicate an idea clearly in a minute, do me a favor and don't take ten, amiright?

One nice thing about this book being short is that it basically hits the high points and there aren't any slow spots. I've listed through it twice and have found each listen to be beneficial.

Definitely worth a credit if you are interested in expanding your knowledge base on leadership.

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  • Eric
  • 2013-06-13

Great principles.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It may cover the basics but it covers a lot of basics. It explains why some leaders and managers are the way they are. It also gives you an idea about how to deal with them.

What about John Maxwell’s performance did you like?

I love the fact that he give the laws and relates them with stories.

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  • Southern Magnate
  • 2019-01-01

All Fluff - No Beef

Each chapter gives you an "irrefutable law" of leadership. After the law, there are examples of how a major entity either succeeded or failed because they did or did not follow the law.

Okay great, so far. So now I ask myself, "what can I do to follow this law?" And this is where the book fails. No suggestions are given.

Basically it gives you the "what" and "why" but fails to offer the "how."

For example, law #6 discusses that "solid ground" is important for a leader. The narrative is about how the Johnson Administration lost trust with the American people by telling them that the war in Vietnam is going well. And then . . . on to the next chapter. So I am left knowing that solid ground is important (but I already knew that). So now I know of a story from 1969.

How does this relate to me?
No explanation.

What can I do in my daily life at work to help establish solid ground with my colleagues?
No explanation.

Any tips or ideas for an average person trying to move up the ladder to a leadership position?
No. None provided.

After listening to this audible book, I am left with one burning question:
Where's the beef?



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  • Kenneth I. Maynard
  • 2016-04-13

Comprehensive and practical guide with great examples

This book takes a comprehensive view of leadership principles which seems overwhelming and illustrates through real life examples, some from the author and many from other examples in recent history, their importance. The author provides the audio for this book so you can here his emphasis through the tone in his voice when he urges the reader to take action and the consequences of doing so or not doing so in some cases. The chapters are not long so they are easy to complete at one sitting of 15 min per chapter or so. If you want to become an effective leader, listen and then act.

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  • Obay
  • 2018-09-28

Fluff

No real value in this book. A lot of fluff that says nothing at all

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  • Stevenson
  • 2014-03-22

This didn't need to be a book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you want to know what these laws are that's fine but this book doesn't tell you anything about "how to do it!!!"..... You gotta have influence...here's a story..... Okay? so any tips on how to have influence?..... NO!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Explain how to acquire these 21 Laws.

Did The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, 10th Anniversary Edition inspire you to do anything?

To find better books

Any additional comments?

You don't need to write a book to tell someone what they need to do..... Books should be exclusive to "HOW" a person can learn to do what they need to do.

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