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The Maxwell Fallacy: There's More to Leadership than Influence

David Burkus

March 09, 2011

"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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