This is another great leadership book from John C. Maxwell. The assumption he makes is that everyone is talented, so the difference is what you do with your talent, and it takes more than just pure talent to be successful. Like most Maxwell books, he does a great job of illustrating each point with stories from history, sports, and American culture.
To take talent and become successful, Maxwell emphasizes the importance of hard work and preparation. Being intentional about developing the talent of an individual and those around him is critical to reaching one's potential.
One of my favorite things about reading "Beyond Talent" is that similar to many books by Maxwell, he emphasizes the importance of character, teachability, and teamwork. These are non-negotiables for any leader trying to maximize trying to reach success and maximize his influence.
This book is a good read, easy to work through with great quotes, stories, and one-liners. The pace is quick for each chapter, but the content is thorough and challenging. Each chapter concludes with reflection questions which make this book great for reading groups or mentoring young leaders.
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