"Attitude 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know" by John C. Maxwell is a small hardcover book of just under one hundred pages of motivating and practical advice on attitude and its importance to leaders of all sorts. In this concise guide, Maxwell shares the basics regarding attitude and its role in succeeding, not only as a leader, but in life itself. While there may not have been anything earth shattering, and by that I mean, much of the information in this book is build around common sense and those lucky enough to have been brought up learning these principles will not find anything new, it does not ‘; t mean this book is not important or a good read. In fact, it is a very good read, and basics are the foundation to build upon, and this book presents that basics of attitude in an easy to read manner, and even if you think you know it all, I bet something in this book Touches you in a way you have not thought of before and moves you that much closer to the success you desire and deserve.
The book is divided into three parts. Part One: The Impact of Attitude has chapters on how attitude impacts leadership and how attitude impacts individuals. If you do not already believe attitude is extremely important, read these chapters where Maxwell illustrates just why attitude may be one of the most important elements towards success as a leader and success in general.
Part Two: The Formation of Attitude focuses on topics such as what shapes a person’;s attitude, how attitude can be changed, and how obstacles actually increase attitude. These chapters point out that your attitude has been shaped by what happened as you grow up, but also illustrate that you have the power to change your attitude for the better to make your life the life you desire. I also like how Maxwell teachers that adversity motivates.
The final part of the book examines the future with the right attitude. The first chapter in this part focuses on what failure is, and then next on what success really is. And finally, the last chapter briefly discusses how a leader can continue to climb. I liked these chapters and think anyone will benefit by looking at failure and success as Maxwell does here. Additionally, I agree with Maxwell that to lead, you must sacrifice. This is a very good lesson.
Again, this is a short book and a quick read, but one that will motivate you and help you develop the attitude of a successful leader. I agree with Zig Ziglar when he said we bathe every day because a bath or shower wears off, and that’;s why filling our minds with positive lessons that motivate us every day is equally important. This little book is a nice shot of motivation and contains some very practical ways to look at and improve your attitude.