The Right to Lead

The Right to Lead by John C. Maxwell captures the why, what, and how of leadership in a three hour read — it’s a phenomenal book for aspiring leaders.  And John Maxwell is my favourite author on leadership.

I love the book because it’s:

  1. Concise: straight to the point, yet dramatic that encourages you to read on.
  2. Clear: unlike some business books, it avoids jargons and keeps the language simple.  It’s an easy read.
  3. Inspiring: there’s a true story from a prominent leader supporting each point made in the book.

Here are some notes that I’ve taken from the book:

  • The key to becoming an effective leader is not to focus on making other people follow, but on making yourself the kind of person they want to follow
  • No one respects and follows mediocrity.  Leaders earn the right to lead.
  • Leaders face crucial moments when they must choose between gearing up or giving up.
  • He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses courage loses all
  • Your vision must be bigger than you.  The greater it is, the more resources it will require.  The best leaders bring all of the resources in their world into play to accomplish something great.
  • To measure a leader, put a tape around his heart, not his head
  • If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?
  • and it goes on…

If you aspire to become a leader, I strongly encourage you to pick up this book.  You will find that it’s totally worth it.


About Daniel Chu
“Success is to drive and continually shape the excellence in you and around you” – Daniel Chu Born in January 1st 1983 in Taipei Taiwan, Daniel Che Yi Chu moved to Ontario Canada by himself at the age of 14, seeking for better education. In 2007, Daniel obtained his Honor Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Computer Science (Software Engineering) from the University of Toronto, St. George campus. Currently an IT Project Manager at TELUS, Daniel is leading teams with up to 15 members and managing budgets between $100K-$800K, facilitating a $900M deal with the Quebec government ( Since graduation, Daniel joined TELUS’s Leadership Development Program (, which gave him an opportunity to explore different professional roles, such as a Business Analyst, Developer, IT Project Manager, Human Resources Project Manager, and Strategic Advisor. Continued to grow, Daniel joined Toastmasters in 2008, and obtained both the Competent Leader and Competent Communicator designation in 2009. Also in 2009, Daniel was nominated and elected President of his Toastmasters Club ( Daniel is a committed Christian who is also a committed volunteer at Big Brothers and the Crisis Center. He helps the Crisis Center deliver suicide prevention workshops at Vancouver’s high schools. Daniel enjoys various activities, such as swimming, playing basketball, and bowling. He also enjoys reading and writing.

2 Responses to The Right to Lead

  1. kaiho says:

    I think I will like this book!!!

  2. Jacob says:

    You may enjoy “Start with why” if you liked the “Right to Lead”.

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