5 Values of 360 Degree Leaders

The 360 Degree Leader

For more than 25 years, I have worked for a variety of leaders. Some leaders were very effective and some, not so much.Value

However, the ineffective leader could still achieve significant accomplishments with a good team.

This post is the seventh in a series about leadership based on John Maxwell’s book The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization. In this post, we will discuss the Value of 360 Degree Leaders.

I have learned that leaders in the middle, 360 Degree Leaders, shape the organization through their actions.

Leadership is in vogue because nothing happens without a leader. While the road to becoming a 360-Degree Leader is not easy, it is worth taking because of the impact on the organization.

Over the last 25 years, significant changes have re-shaped the business community and its impression of leadership. In the 1980’s, the buzzword was management. Organizations wanted consistency and to maintain the standards. In the 1990’s, the key concept was leadership due to rapid pace of change driven by technology. Because of complex and multifaceted organizations in the 2000’s, the idea is team leadership.

Here are Maxwell’s values of having 360 Degree Leaders in your organization:

#1: A Leadership Team Is More Effective Than Just One Leader
#2: Leaders are needed at Every Level of the Organization
#3: Leading Successfully at One Level Is a Qualifier for Leading at the Next Level
#4: Good Leaders in the Middle Make Better Leaders at the Top
#5: 360 Degree Leaders Possess Qualities Every Organization Needs

The difference between two equally talented teams is leadership”
– John C. Maxwell

In one of my roles, I worked for two different leaders. Both leaders were effective, however the success of the organization rested on the leader’s ability to maximize the talents of the team. As one team’s leadership ability grew, the organization’s level of success increased.

My next post will be the eighth and final in this series where we will examine 360 Degree Leader conclusions. Until then, spend some time this week determining how you can create an environment that unleashes 360 Degree Leaders in your organization.

Your friend,


Dr. Kim Moore

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