Men of Wisdom: John C. Maxwell (Leadership)

John C. Maxwell  is an evangelical Christian author, speaker, and pastor who has written more than 60 books, primarily focusing on leadership. He is founder of the John C. Maxwell Company and Equip.

EQUIP is a non-profit organization specializing in the development of effective international Christian leaders. It is dedicated to developing servant leaders who shoulder responsibility, meet challenges with courage and creativity and never relinquish their God-given dreams.

I too have been a diligent student of this man’s work and can unequivocally state to have been tremendously blessed by his wisdom, insight, and understanding. There are many useful free resources on his websites too- should you want a taster before purchasing his books- make sure to check them out! Today, I’m sharing some quotes from “Ultimate Leadership”- His Classic Leadership Collection!


“He who thinks he leads but has no followers, is only taking a walk.” If you can’t influence others, they won’t follow you. And if they won’t follow, you’re not a leader. That’s the Law of Influence.

The Law of Process: Leadership develops daily, not in a day!
*) Although it’s true that some people are born with greater natural gifts than others, the ability to lead is really a collection of skills, nearly all of which can be learned and improved. But that process doesn’t happen overnight.
*) Successful leaders are learners. And the learning process is ongoing, a result of self-discipline and perseverance. The goal each day must be to get a little better, to build on the previous day’s progress.
*) As long as a person doesn’t know what he doesn’t know, he doesn’t grow!

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

The Law of Navigation: Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course!
*) A good leaders remains focused.. Controlling your direction is better than being controlled by it.
*) A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others do. ~ Leroy Eims
*) Sometimes it’s difficult balancing optimism and realism, intuition and planning, faith and fact. But that’s what it takes to be effective as a navigating leader.

The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the foundation of leadership
*) Your people know when you make a mistake. The real question is whether you’re going to ‘fess up. If you do, you can often quickly regain their trust.
*) People will tolerate honest mistakes, but if you violate their trust you will find it very difficult to ever regain their confidence. That is one reason why you must treat trust as a your most precious asset.

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy.” ~ Anthony Harrigan


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tyo says:

    “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy.” ~ Anthony Harrigan

    Absolutely on point!

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