John C. Maxwell

(John Calvin Maxwell)

John C. Maxwell
John C. Maxwell
  • Born: February 20, 1947
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Clergyman









Quote Topics Cited
Leadership is the willingness to put oneself at risk…. Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations…. Leadership is evoking in others the capacity to dream. Leaders & Leadership
A budget is simply telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.
A lack of realism in the vision today costs credibility tomorrow.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. Leaders & Leadership
A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
A minute of thought is greater than an hour of talk.
A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
All good leaders are connectors. They relate well and make people feel confident about themselves and their leader.
All of the people in my life whom I consider to be close friends or colleagues are good thinkers. Life
As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.
As you get older, time speeds up but life slows down. Life ;Time
Children astound me with their inquisitive minds. The world is wide and mysterious to them, and as they piece together the puzzle of life, they ask 'Why?' ceaselessly. Life
Dividers seek to make themselves look or feel better by making others feel worse. They damage relationships, fracture teams and organizations, and create havoc in people's lives.
Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.
Enjoyment is an incredible energizer to the human spirit.
Every person has a longing to be significant; to make a contribution; to be a part of something noble and purposeful.
Everyone has the potential to become an encourager. You don't have to be rich. You don't have to be a genius. You don't have to have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and initiate.
Everything rises and falls on leadership. Leaders & Leadership
Exceptionally hard decisions can deplete your energy to the point at which you finally cave in. If you mentally crumble and degenerate into negative thinking, you'll magnify the problem to the point where it can haunt you.
Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision. Visions don't change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.
Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness ;Families, Children & Parenting
For more than a decade, I led an organization that put on an elaborate Christmas program each December. It was a big production, with over 250 people participating in more than 20 performances. By the end of the season, everyone who participated was exhausted.
Good executives never put off until tomorrow what they can get someone else to do today.
Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn't come alive until the leader models it.
Good thinkers always prime the pump of ideas. They always look for things to get the thinking process started, because what you put in always impacts what comes out.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean giving up familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, and relationships that have lost their meaning. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it's almost always due to personal growth.
Have the humility to learn from those around you.
How do leaders serve their people? They may pay good wages and treat employees with respect. Respect
I vividly remember a conversation I had many years ago in 1974, which marked a turning point in my leadership journey. I was sitting at a Holiday Inn with my friend, Kurt Campmeyer, when he asked me if I had a personal growth plan. I didn't. In fact, I didn't even know you were supposed to have one. Leaders & Leadership
Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date. Life
If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it - young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous - is changed by it. Fame
If you are a parent, you have probably already realized that your children are always watching what you do. And just as children watch their parents and emulate their behavior, so do employees who are watching their bosses.
If you want to reach the top, don't run over others. Likely, the only way you'll reach the top is to be carried there by others.
If you're lying, you're lying.
In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.
Inability to make decisions is one of the principal reasons executives fail. Deficiency in decision-making ranks much higher than lack of specific knowledge or technical know-how as an indicator of leadership failure. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Leaders & Leadership
It seems the older you get, the more life comes into focus. Life
Keeping score is for games, not friendships.
Leaders who are kind of insecure or egocentric, they basically sabotage themselves.
Leaders who fail to prune their pride will meet demise. That's not a guess, it's a guarantee. With pride, it's not a matter of 'if' we will fall, but 'when.' There are no exceptions.
Leadership is influence. Leaders & Leadership
Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.
Life can be boring unless you put some effort into it. Life
Live to learn, and you will really learn to live.
Look at our society. Everyone wants to be thin, but nobody wants to diet. Everyone wants to live long, but few will exercise. Everybody wants money, yet seldom will anyone budget or control their spending. Society ;Money, Coins & Minting
Most people don't like change. They revolt against it unless they can clearly see the advantage it brings. For that reason, when good leaders prepare to take action or make changes, they take people through a process to get them ready for it.
Most people want to avoid pain, and discipline is usually painful.
One of the roles of the Presidency is to lead a political party. Having a President in office is usually a huge advantage to a party because it gives the party a mouthpiece and an advocate at the highest level.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. Leaders & Leadership
People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.
People who add value to others do so intentionally. I say that because to add value, leaders must give of themselves, and that rarely occurs by accident.
People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life. Life ;Time
Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do.
Positional leaders ignore the fact that every person has hopes, dreams, desires, and goals of his own. And leaders must bring their vision and the aspirations of the people they lead together in a way that benefits everyone.
Ranking among the greatest Christmas movie classics, 'It's a Wonderful Life' tells a beautiful story about the priceless value of relationships. Life
Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.
Self-centered leaders manipulate when they move people for personal benefit. Mature leaders motivate by moving people for mutual benefit.
Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years. Success
Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them. Life ;Failure ;Success
Talent grips us. We are overtaken by the beauty of Michelangelo's sculpture, riveted by Mariah Carey's angelic voice, doubled over in laughter by the comedy of Robin Williams, and captivated by the on screen performances of Denzel Washington.
Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The best leaders are readers of people. They have the intuitive ability to understand others by discerning how they feel and recognizing what they sense.
The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. Failure
The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential.
The experience of pain or loss can be a formidably motivating force.
The first time you say something, it's heard. The second time, it's recognized, and the third time it's learned. Time
The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up. Life
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
The most talented do not always end up as celebrities, and those with less talent often do. Upsets are written into our history and occur around us every day. History
The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda. Success
The unsuccessful person is burdened by learning, and prefers to walk down familiar paths. Their distaste for learning stunts their growth and limits their influence. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. 'Good pride' represents our dignity and self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.
Time is more valuable than money, because time is irreplaceable. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have. Time
To add value to others, one must first value others.
To remain a credible leader, I must always work first, hardest, and longest on changing myself. This is neither easy nor natural, but it is essential. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We all have done something unethical.
We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it's a continuing choice.
We don't mature momentarily, but over the long-term.
When a person starts to talk about their dreams, it's as if something bubbles up from within. Their eyes brighten, their face glows, and you can feel the excitement in their words.
When you are full of pride on the inside, it makes you stiff, stubborn, and creates strife with others.
When your dream is bigger than you are, you only have two choices: give up or get help.
Whenever a high-profile leader dies, people immediately attempt to summarize that person's life in a sentence. Often, critics and commentators get caught up looking at the leader's style, or which political or philosophical camp they represented. Life
Without failure there is no achievement. Failure
You will never fulfill your destiny doing work you despise. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure. Failure