Book Review: The Leadership Handbook by John Maxwell

When someone mentions the name John Maxwell my brain immediately floods back to a time about four years ago. I had the privilege to hear him speak at a conference I attended. Although he was one of the eldest, if not the oldest speaker there, he captivated me more than a lot of the younger speakers. The words he spoke carried so much weight. I knew he believed every word he spoke because it was done out of passion. It was not an angry passion either, but rather as a reflective person who had fought more battles than most would in their lifetime. But, enough about the man, we need to talk about his book.

The Leadership Handbook is full of wisdom for young and old leaders alike. In fact, it is full of information even if you do not consider yourself a leader. I feel like anyone could read this book and gain useful insight in how to process people regardless of if you are leading anyone or not. There is no shortage of one-liners and other nuggets of truth by Maxwell.

Maxwell proposes taking the time to process every short chapter and allow your brain to comb over the words for at least a week. He gives provoking questions at the end of every chapter and even a mentoring snippet for you to mentor someone else.

If I had to find a fault in The Leadership Handbook, it would be that Maxwell references a lot of his other books. This is not unusual for an author of his caliber, but it is a small off-putting habit.

I am confident that this book will be one I mention to other leaders and will forever remain on my bookshelf. Get this book if you know a leader, consider yourself a leader, want to be a leader, or simply want to understand people better.

I received this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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