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Issue 80 - 05 | The Maxwell Fallacy: There’s More to Leadership than Influence
By David Burkus Published March 9, 2011 12:00 a.m.

"John Maxwell, billed often as America’s foremost authority on leadership, has made his career around the phrase: 'Leadership is influence; nothing more, nothing less.' This is the key phrase has guided the writing of the most prolific leadership author in America and influences the work of countless others. As a result it is perhaps the commonly accepted definition of leadership.

It’s brief. It’s pithy. It’s wrong.”



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About David Burkus | David Burkus is a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster (as host of the Radio Free Leader podcast), and management professor. In 2015, he was named one of the emerging thought leaders most likely to shape the future of business by Thinkers50, the world’s premier ranking of management thinkers. His latest book, Under New Management, reveals the counterintuitive leadership practices that actually enhance engagement and drive performance in companies. He is also the author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas.

www.davidburkus.com

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