“Leadership Promises for Every Day: A Daily Devotional” by John C. Maxwell is a must have for anyone who believes that personal growth and leadership development is an intentional activity. That is John’s 1st Law, of the “15 Laws of Personal Growth,” i.e. “The Law of Intentionality.” Personal growth, and leadership development, “doesn’t happen by accident.” And, John C. Maxwell is one of the top leadership coaches writing today.
“Leadership Promises” is a collection of short snippets from Maxwell’s large library of leadership and personal growth books arranged into a daily devotional. Each month begins with a leadership quote that provides a great point of focus for that month. Every day begins with a short Scripture reference, from the New King James unless otherwise noted, and a connected leadership principle. If the day’s leadership principle is a quote from another Maxwell book, the reference is given. If there is no reference given then the devotional is unique to “Leadership Promises,” though the majority of them are quotes.
Each day’s reading contains a wealth of leadership advice in a very concise format. All of them are what I would consider gold quality readings in leadership principles, so picking out some favorites isn’t easy. I’ll provide a few samples that really stuck with me.
Who you are precedes what you do… Leadership begins with the heart.
“Being a leader is more than just wanting to lead. Leaders have empathy for others and a keen ability to find the best in people … not the worst … by truly caring for others.” Henry Gruland as quoted by John C. Maxwell
Show me a leader without vision, and I’ll show you someone who isn’t going anywhere.
Honestly, if I was going to give my “favorite” quotes from “Leadership Promises” I would have to quote the entire book. And, I would get in trouble for doing that ;). I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Every elder, preacher, deacon and anyone who wants to be a better leader – and we can always be better – should have this book.
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