John C. Maxwell’s 360 Degree Leader- The Myths of Leading from the Middle Questions

The first myth of leading from the inside, the position myth, poses the question of what a peer has taught you in the past year. In response to this, I look to the student directors who teach me in my drama classes, they are peers of mine in eleventh and twelfth grade who direct me in my drama class, they give me notes and teach me lots about acting. The second myth – destination, asks how do you become the person you desire to be. I believe this can be achieved only through hard work and goal-setting, you must first decide to set goals that will act as stepping stones towards your final goal of becoming the person you want to be. After your goals are set, you must work hard to achieve each one.

The third myth was influence, which asks me what prompts me to follow someone. I personally follow someone if I am: Getting paid to do so, or if they genuinely have a powerful vision I can buy into. I tend to follow people who are less of a boss and more of a leader, a distinction I make based on whether they work alongside their team or let the team carry them.

Myth number four was inexperience, and queries what prompts me to consider another persons opinion. I typically listen to another opinion if they are well-spoken and obviously genuinely care about what they’re talking about. Of course… listening to another opinion is easy, but that doesn’t mean I will agree with it. The fifth myth was the freedom myth, and asks whether I agree that when you move up in an organization, does your responsibility increase? I think it depends on the organization, if you are the CEO of your own company, you have very few responsibilities, however they are larger. I think that most CEO’s mostly are able to coast as long as they fulfill major responsibilities like large fiscal decisions and avoiding being filmed paying for the services of an escort.

Myth six (potential) asks what I am capable of achieving, and what reaching my potential would look like. Frankly, I believe this question is unanswerable, I do not believe that many of the people who arguably reached their ‘potential’  (Einstein, Steven Hawking, etc.) ever knew what they were capable of, even when they died. I think that short of premonitions, this question is impossible to answer factually.

Myth seven is all-or-nothing, and the question is: The reality for most people is that they will never be the CEO. Does that mean they give up leading altogether? To this I say, no. The entire point of this book( and of the philosophy of John C. Maxwell) is that being in a leadership position doesn’t make you a leader necessarily, therefore I think that people shouldn’t give up on leading, after all every charity, foundation, and other organizations besides business needs a leader.

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