If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may already know that teamwork is one of my core values (L. A. T. C. H. On To Your Core Values). So when I saw this book at the local library, I decided it was something I wanted to read. John Maxwell is known as an expert on leadership, in fact I previously reviewed another book of his– The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell–Book Review.
In order to be an effective leader, you must have a team. In fact we’re all part of teams at work, at church, in community organizations, even in our family. Maxwell says the question is not “will I participate in something that involves others?” The question is, “will my involvement with others be successful?” In his book, he lists seventeen “laws” that will help your team perform better. He uses illustrations from business, sports, churches and other organizations that have succeeded through effective teamwork. At the end of each chapter, there is a teamwork thought that summarizes the law, a paragraph about becoming a better team member, and a paragraph on becoming a better team leader. He also refers readers to his website http://LawsOfTeamwork.com for further information.
VERDICT: 4 STARS. The information is clearly presented and the book could easily used by a team or leadership group at your church for study and discussion. A workbook is also available. However, since it was written in 2001, some of his examples are a bit dated, especially the references to Enron as a successful example to emulate.
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