I have a backlog of books that I’ve read, but haven’t reviewed, so I figured I’d jump into Leadership Gold. John Maxwell is a writing machine. He puts himself on a schedule to pump out a new book every 18 months, so there’s never a lack to read from him.
Here are his points:
“As leaders, we’d like to think that when people leave, it has little to do with us. But the reality is that we are often the reason. Some sources estimate that as many as 65 percent of people leave companies do so because of their managers. We may say that people quit their job or their company, but the reality is that they usually quit their leaders. The “company” doesn’t do anything negative to them. People do. Sometimes coworkers cause the problems that prompt people to leave. But often the people who alienate employees are their direct supervisors.”
“I have finally come to accept that it’s okay for people to leave. People have left my teams for various reasons. I outgrew some. Some outgrew me. A few changed and wanted to go in a new direction. Some refused to change and the train had to leave them behind. This is one of the hard truths of leadership. Times change and people have to learn to move on.”