Leadership Library

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The Leadership Library collection contains over 300 titles with topics that include collegiate leadership, professional leadership, biographies, communication, teamwork, women in leadership, and more! Students, faculty, and staff members may browse the collection and can check out books for up to three weeks. The Leadership Library exists to assist students in their academic discipline and campus involvement; aid faculty with classroom lectures; and encourage staff members seeking personal development.

Book recommendations can be sent to leadership@shsu.edu

September Featured Title: Make Today Count

Today Count Book

The basis of Make Today Count is summed up by its subtitle, “The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda”. Maxwell points out that what we become is the product of what we do today, that every day is preparation for the next. Therefore, the only way to change your life is to change what you do daily.

Maxwell’s earlier books have had significant success amongst business leaders and in other secular markets. Nevertheless, in Make Today Count Maxwell unashamedly proclaims that his Christian faith has formed the basis of his life’s work, and cites the Bible as the source book for many of his ideas. For him, faith is fundamental. Of course, some people will find any reference to religion unpalatable. In Maxwell’s defense, he is simply stating what has worked for him. He doesn’t say that his list of priorities is right for everyone, rather that it is a model upon which we can base our own personal list.

Maxwell approaches this task by listing his “daily dozen”, the 12 areas of life that he focuses upon in order to make his own life a success. Dedicating a chapter to each of these areas, Maxwell gives practical advice and examples from his own life on how each area can be developed.  At the end of the book, he encourages the reader to make their own list, using the “daily dozen” as a model, and to work on these priorities daily in order to live a successful and fulfilled life.

 What are Maxwell’s Daily Dozen?

  1. Attitude
  2. Priorities
  3. Health
  4. Family
  5. Thinking
  6. Commitment
  7. Finances
  8. Faith
  9. Relationship
  10. Generosity
  11. Values
  12. Growth

“When you accomplish something that you once believed was impossible, it makes you a new person. It changes the way you see yourself and the world.” – John C. Maxwell

If you’re interested in learning more about what Maxwell has to say about his daily dozen, check out Make Today Count in the Leadership Library today!

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