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Leadership Book Summaries: Leadershift by John C. Maxwell

Have you ever wanted to read Leadershift by John C. Maxwell? Book summaries are a great way to learn a little bit more about a book before buying it.

Leadershift was the 101st book released by John Maxwell. It was published in 2019 by HarperCollins Leadership. Maxwell also released a companion workbook to help readers take his insights and turn them into action.

The premise of the book is this: change is not a worry, it’s a given in today’s business environment. Leaders must be nimble and ready to adapt if they intend to survive.

Maxwell believes success can be found by making 11 crucial “leadershifts” which he describes in the book through engaging stories and bite-sized tips.

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About the Book

Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries

Top Quotes 

Sneak Peek at the Leadershift Mini Course 

About the Book

In Leadershift, John C. Maxwell helps leaders gain the ability and willingness to make leadership changes that will positively enhance their organizational and personal growth.

He does this by sharing the eleven shifts he made over the course of his long and successful leadership career. Among these leadershifts are:

  • The Adaptive Shift from Plan A to Option A
  • The Production Shift from Ladder Climbing to Ladder Building
  • The Influence Shift, from Positional Authority to Moral Authority

Maxwell gives specific guidance to readers about how to make these shifts in their own lives. Each one requires them to change the way they think, act, and ultimately lead so they can be successful in a world that never remains the same.

Chapter-by-Chapter Book Summaries

Chapter 1: Why Every Leader Needs to Leadershift

If you want to be an effective leader, you must leadershift. You cannot be the same, think the same, and act the same if you hope to be successful in a world that does not remain the same.

Chapter 2: Soloist to Conductor / The Focus Shift

You can be a successful person on your own, but not a successful leader. The way forward as the leader of an organization is to utilize the gifts of the entire team.

Chapter 3: Goals to Growth / The Personal Development Shift

It is imperative for leaders to make the personal development shift from a short-term goal orientation to a long-term growth orientation. There are three significant changes needed to achieve the shift: growth outward to growth inward; growth in everything to growth in a few vital things; and growth with a timeline versus growth without a finish line.

Chapter 4: Perks to Price / The Cost Shift

There are three common costs that every leader needs to take into account to make the cost shift: reality, example, and consistency.

Chapter 5: Pleasing People to Challenging People / The Relational Shift

You can never really lead your organization, serve your people, or reach your leadership potential if you are always trying to make others happy. The stark reality is that you cannot lead people if you need people.

Chapter 6: Maintaining to Creating / The Abundance Shift

If you want to shift from maintaining to creating in your life and leadership, then you need to learn and live by a few creative principles including building a creative culture, making everything better, making plans but looking for options, and more as outlined in the book.

Chapter 7: Ladder Climbing to Ladder Building / The Reproduction Shift

This leadershift is about changing from being a personal producer to an equipper of others. When it comes to investing in and helping someone by holding, extending, and building his or her ladder, it is important who you choose to mentor.

Chapter 8: Directing to Connecting / The Communication Shift

Changing from directing to connecting is one of the most valuable shifts you will ever make as a leader. When you direct, it is like building a bridge to others, but the traffic only goes one way. When you connect, it is a two-way street. And because of that, everything improves.

Chapter 9: Team Uniformity to Team Diversity / The Improvement Shift

When properly led, motivated, and unleashed, a diverse group of professionals can give your leadership team an uncommon advantage over your competitors.

Chapter 10: Positional Authority to Moral Authority / The Influence Shift

Moral authority can sound mystical and out of reach. However, it is grounded in four things: competence, courage, consistency, and character.

Chapter 11: Trained Leaders to Transformational Leaders / The Impact Shift

To be transformational, leaders must develop and reproduce leaders. As leaders, we have to be changed to bring change.

Chapter 12: Career to Calling / The Passion Shift

It is useful to identify the characteristics of a calling in order to home in on yours. In this final chapter of Leadershift, Maxwell provides steps for maximizing your calling.

Top Quotes from Leadershift

“As leaders, we must stop wishing and start working. Instead of looking for the ‘secret sauce’ of success, we must start sowing seeds of success.”

“What sets great leaders apart from all other leaders is this: they act before others and they do more than others.”

“If you want learners to follow directions, you only need to provide the what/ If you want them to lead others and give directions, they must also have the why.”

Sneak Peek: Leadershift Mini Course by John Maxwell

Want more from the Leadershift Mini Course? 

After you purchase Leadershift, enter your 8-digit receipt number below to receive a free gift: the full Leadershift Mini Course featuring 8 video lessons including teachings from John Maxwell, Trent Shelton, Rachel Hollis, and Mark Cole.

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John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 33 million books in fifty languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business and the most influential leadership expert in the world.

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