John C. Maxwell’s The Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs to Know is a good book discussing leadership principles. I liked that the book focused on how our attitudes can influence the direction of our lives, and I also liked how it explored the factors that contribute to the formation of our attitudes. At times, the book seems like a combination of psychoanalysis and motivational content. The Complete 101 Collection has quite a lot of text – 611 pages – but it is nicely formatted, and sections are often divided by numbers or bullet points. It would make a good coffee table book, because anyone picking it up could just open it and find a section of interest.
The book is for leaders, but not just in business; people lead every day in their daily lives. Throughout the book, Maxwell quotes various leaders, which I found interesting. He also talks about basic necessitiies of being a leader, such as having character and judging a man by his actions instead of his words. I liked when Maxwell compared winning by competitiveness to winning by cooperation. I also liked how the book explored the meaning of failure. The Complete 101 Collection not only talks about individual leadership, but also collaborating as a team.