"THE RIGHT TO LEAD", by John C. Maxwell

“The Right to Lead”, by John C. Maxwell is one of those kinds of books one picks up every now and again when looking for encouraging words for motivation or to pass on. In fact, its format is much like a gift book one would give for a graduation, a promotion, or even a retirement.

“The Right to Lead” is not only an easy book to read, but it is an easy book to look at. Each of its pages is sturdy, glossy, and dressed with inspiring pictures or imagery.

CONTENT: “The Right to Lead” is written in 7 brief sections: (1) Action, (2) Vision, (3) Sacrifice, (4) Risk, (5) Determination, (6) Service, and (7) Integrity – all areas that Maxwell believes make a good leader. Each section contains a handful of inspiring stories of leadership from the vantage point of these 7 sections, some of which are drawn from the military to civilian, from business to government, from various timeframes throughout the course of history.

LIKES: This book is great for the person who has a few minutes of spare reading time. It would be a good book to thumb through just prior to an interview, as its encouragement is both practical and wise.

DISLIKES: A handful of stories used to express his point were not all that interesting to me. Fortunately, there were plenty of other stories that would drive a similar message home in a different way.

RECOMMENDATION: Great gift for college graduates this season.

This book was provided to me free of charge by Booksneeze in exchange for my review.


  1. Based on the title, I thought it might have been a book about deregulating the paint industry.

  2. Thanks so much for the suggestion and review! It does look like it would make a great gift for graduates or friends !!!

  3. Sweet deal, getting books for reviews. I only get free books like a Quran from, or around move-out time there's tons of text books on the street around the college.

  4. Heck, when I read the title, I thought it was an anti-gun control piece, HA!