Book Review: Complete 101 Collection

   

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John Maxwell’s The Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs to Know has been a constant companion for me for several nights. I have stayed up reading chapter after chapter of his book while gleaning insights from its pages. He writes in an engaging and friendly way.

Maxwell has been a pastor for many years. His perspective is more religious, but he has a knack for applying it to secular business. It was inspiring to read his views on life, leadership, and priorities. There are several things I like from this book, but I’ll share just three.

Simple and Direct

Maxwell has a way with words. It’s an easy read if you’re looking for something rather light. Don’t be intimidated by the length (a little over 400 pages), because the pages flip through quickly. For example, Maxwell breaks up each chapter into sections that are less than one page long. Usually, there aren’t too many sections per chapter, either. The most extended parts of each chapter are the lists and steps he highlights to emphasize a point. These steps are usually between three and ten steps, although some sections are longer. Again, the length can be intimidating, but don’t be deterred.

The concepts listed in the book aren’t complicated. Maxwell highlights the most important ones and elaborates on characteristics like character, integrity, and mentorship. I’ll discuss the sections later, but each part flows from one piece to the next, which is engaging for the reader. As I have read this book, I notice how his vocabulary is simple enough to understand, yet complex enough to articulate a complex concept.

His stories are engaging. Again, the accounts are direct. For brevity, he’s articulate in the way he expounds the experiences he recounts. For example, he wrote about the process for a Navy fighter jet to take off from an aircraft carrier and how it related to teamwork. He was descriptive enough, but not too much to make me feel like I was drowning in minute details. As the reader, I appreciated that. When I’m looking for leadership literature, I want something concise. Sometimes, anecdotes in leadership books get lengthy. Maxwell has mastered the art of making his point and moving on to the next.

Each section stands alone

As I said before, he lays out six sections. Here they are:

Attitude 101

Relationships 101

Equipping 101

Leadership 101

Mentoring 101

Success 101

My favorite section was Mentoring 101 because Maxwell frames mentoring as one of the steady steps in success as a leader. Mentorship 101 impacted me because I could feel that he valued mentorship over most of the other sections in his book. Every leader should have a few mentors at their disposal, and Maxwell stated as much as well. Similarly, leaders must seek out people to mentor in their chosen field.

I didn’t enjoy Attitude 101 as much as I thought. It was this section that hindered my progress to the other parts for several years. I found it uninteresting because I felt that Maxwell overstated his point, which is rare, considering he is usually brief.

I could tear out any section of this book and can use it as a lesson/lecture. Maxwell states the most important things first in each chapter, and then the rest supports the main points. I loved this approach, and it made the sections easy to read.

Not only that, but each chapter is also short. I find myself reading one chapter in about five to seven minutes, and I’m not a fast reader. Rest assured, if you’re not a fast reader either, you’ll find this book easy to digest.

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Positivity with Every Page

Maxwell’s upbeat attitude permeates the pages of this book. He shows this, especially in his success section. Each chapter in the Success 101 section explains how leaders can find success through positivity and creativity.

His anecdotes are simple to follow and enlightening. Every story engages and enlightens the reader to implement the principle he’s explaining. I’ll refrain from going into his stories because I want you to read them, so you’ll know what I mean.

Perhaps it’s because he worked in ministry for his career, but I haven’t found many writers as optimistic as Maxwell. The 101 series pulls out how leaders need to lead others with positivity through empathy. That’s what I enjoy about this book.

What I didn’t like

He has a ton of step-by-step processes that make this book challenging to implement. Some of these lists go longer than seven or eight steps. After each section, I don’t always refer back to what I read because what he writes isn’t consistently relevant in my life.

I would like more depth in some sections. I should have expected that, seeing as Maxwell has written at length on these topics in other books. This one is a glimpse of his other writings and his leadership philosophy. I’m not too critical about it, but it is worth noting. If you’re looking for an overview of his ideas, then this is a perfect book for you.

Conclusion

Maxwell is a beautiful writer! He has written several books that have inspired so many people, me being one of them. Often, he’s at the forefront in the field of leadership. As I said before, this book has been a light in my life. He takes an ethical approach to leadership because of his work as a pastor, and I appreciated a different perspective than the typical business leadership approach. I took comfort in its inspired pages and felt uplifted by Maxwell’s positive outlook. It’s no wonder why he’s a leader amongst leaders in this world.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have. I still give it a solid 8/10. You can buy the book here.

Have you read this book? What do you think? Leave a comment down below. Thanks!

16 thoughts on “Book Review: Complete 101 Collection”

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    1. Robert says:

      Henderson,

      I’m grateful you enjoyed the review. Thank you for the comment!

      Robert

  2. Justin says:

    Hello there, its nice to see such a wide explanation/ review of a book and I am pleased to see how interacting to book can be to the reader with then direct language and how comprehensive it its. I have seen a few of John Maxwell’s works and I have a fan of his style of writing. Although this is the first time I am coming across “The complete” and I can’t wait to have a copy of this book 

    1. Robert says:

      Justin,

      You won’t be disappointed! It’s an inspiring read. And if you’re already familiar with Maxwell, this book is true to the Maxwell style. Thanks for your comment!

      Robert

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    1. Robert says:

      Sharon,

      I’m happy you enjoyed the post! Reading opens up the mind, and I’m glad you enjoy reading. Thanks for commenting!

      Robert

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    1. Robert says:

      Evans,

      Thank you for your compliment! You’ll find Maxwell’s writing style is familiar, and he really captures the attention of his readers. Thank you for your comment!

      Robert

  5. Samikingss says:

    I like learning new things. I have never read any where before how a fighter jet takes off from a carrier. I think I am going to learn a lot from this book. I prefer reading books on crime fiction but this sounds interesting and very different. Although I read a book once written by a Vietnam veteran, it was really enthralling. I’m sure this one would be too. 

    1. Robert says:

      Samiking,

      You’ll find Maxwell’s writing style to be very warm. I’m glad that you enjoy reading! It’s a fun hobby. Thank you for your comment!

      Robert

  6. EliteCarol says:

    With the current situation where everyone is required to work from home, I’ve had more free time on my hands and I’ve decided to utilize it by reading books that can help me improve myself as a person. The book review in this post has really captured my attention as the features and synopsis of the book is interesting. I’ll look to grab a copy for myself. 

    1. Robert says:

      Carol,

      You’ll love the book! I spent many nights reading and learning from Maxwell in this book. It was gifted to me a while ago, but I still enjoy it. Thank you for commenting!

      Robert

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    1. Robert says:

      Skuchmane,

      Thank you for the compliment! I’m glad you enjoyed the review. Your energy is motivating for me! Thank you for commenting!

      Robert

  8. Philebur says:

    Hello there thanks for the review. I must say this is another amazing one from John Maxwell. I have read some of his books and they are educative and interesting. One thing I like about the author is his choice of words. I have not read this collection but then I look forward to reading it.

    1. Robert says:

      Philebur,

      I have enjoyed his words too. He’s very comforting to read, and it feels like the reader can learn a lot from Maxwell’s books. I hope you enjoy the 101 Collection! Thank you for your comment!

      Robert

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