John C. Maxwell quote

  • John C. Maxwell quote
    “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
  • “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”
  • “Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.”
  • “Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do.”
  • “Leadership is influence.”
  • “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”
  • “The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.”
  • “Good executives never put off until tomorrow what they can get someone else to do today.”
  • “Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.”
  • “Three reasons problems are inevitable; first, we live in a world of growing complexity and diversity; second, we interact with people; and third, we cannot control all the situation we face.”

    Founder: Dr. John C. Maxwell
    John Maxwell's years in local church ministry allowed him many occasions to visit missionaries and national Christian leaders around the world. John would return from those overseas trips grateful to God for these leaders and their passion for the gospel; but also frustrated - because he saw that so many of them had never had the opportunity, while in ministry service, to develop their leadership skills.

  • It was during a missions related trip in the mid 1990's that John was encouraged by an international Christian leader to take the best of his leadership materials (that he'd been teaching for years in North America) and format it to fit a global audience. From that challenge and the affirmation of others, John launched EQUIP as a non-profit global mission ministry, in 1996.
    It's John Maxwell's conviction that if the Church ever hopes to impact the next generation for Christ - and generations to come, there must be a return to the strategy of Jesus - that is, develop leaders. John often states that the purpose of Jesus coming to earth was to seek and save the lost. His public ministry lasted only three and a half years. During that time, He did not preach crusades across Asia, nor did He heal everyone he met. What He did with the greatest amount of His time was to train twelve leaders to impact the world over the next generation.
    John's vision for EQUIP is that it be continually committed to developing leaders whose potential is great but opportunities for learning leadership have been limited. He is absolutely convinced that if Christian leaders around the world are trained, resourced, and encouraged, there is no limit to what can be accomplished in fulfilling the Great Commission!
    John Maxwell is also the founder of Injoy Stewardship Services, an organization that assists local churches with capital stewardship campaigns.
    LISTEN! John C. Maxwell's interview on "The Drew Marshall Show," Canada's Most Listened to Spiritual Talkback Program

  • John C. Maxwell
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    John C. Maxwell
    Born:February 20, 1947Garden City, Michigan
    Occupation :Author & Speaker
    Nationality : American
    Influences: Dale Carnegie, James Allen

    John C. Maxwell (born 1947) is an American author, speaker and "leadership expert."
    Maxwell has written more than 50 books (mostly on leadership), including The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow, among others. His books have sold more than thirteen million copies, with several on the New York Times Best Seller's List and translations in over fifty languages.[1]
    Recently, it was announced that Golden State Warriors guard Baron Davis had his team read various books by Maxwell to improve their teamwork.

    Early years
    John C. Maxwell was born in Garden City, Michigan in 1947[2]. His Father, Melvin Maxwell was a minister in a local Wesleyan church[3]. John followed his father into the ministry, completing a bachelor's degree at Ohio Christian University in 1969, a Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.[4]. For over twenty-five years, John led churches in Indiana, Ohio, and California. In 1995 he left Skyline Wesleyan Church (near San Diego) to devote himself full-time to speaking and writing. He credits his leadership instincts and his early leadership training to his father Melvin.

    John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 13 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Football League. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell was named the World’s Top Leadership Guru by He was also one of only 25 authors and artists named to’s 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. Three of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold over a million copies.

    Personal life

    Indiana Wesleyan University's Maxwell Business Center
    Maxwell was influenced by the books How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, and As a Man Thinketh by James Allen.[5]
    John has earned bachelor's (Ohio Christian University, 1969), master's (Azusa Pacific University, 1989), and doctoral degrees (Fuller Theological Seminary, 1993) and has also received five honorary doctorates of divinity (including ones from the California Graduate School of Theology and Liberty University).
    He lives in South Florida, with Margaret, his wife of over thirty years and enjoys spending time with his grown children and his grandchildren.
    Maxwell serves on the Board of Trustees at Indiana Wesleyan University and has a building named after him there, the Maxwell Business Center.

    1. Leadership Gold, Thomas Nelson – March 2008
    2. Encouragement Changes Everything, Thomas Nelson - January 2008
    3. 10th Anniversary Edition 21 Laws of Leadership – revised & updated, TN September 2007
    4. Talent is Never Enough, March 2007
    5. The Difference Maker, Thomas Nelson, Sept. 2006
    6. Dare to Dream, J. Countryman, March 2006
    7. The 360° Leader, Thomas Nelson, January 2006 - 1 of Executive Book Summaries 30 Best Business Books in 2006
    8. Life@Work, Thomas Nelson, August 2005 (Co-authored with Addington & Graves)
    9. 25 Ways to Win with People (w/Les Parrott), Thomas Nelson May 2005
    10. The Choice is Yours, J. Countryman, March 2005
    11. Winning With People, Thomas Nelson, December 2004 - 1 of Executive Book Summaries 30 Best Business Books in 2005
    12. The Preacher’s Commentary, Deuteronomy, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2004 (Orig.Deuteronomy Commentary, Word, 1987)
    13. Today Matters, Warner Books, April 2004
    14. The Journey From Success to Significance, J. Countryman, March 2004
    15. Relationships 101, Thomas Nelson, November 2003
    16. Equipping 101, Thomas Nelson, November 2003
    17. There’s No Such Thing as “Business” Ethics, Warner Business Books, August 2003 (retitled Ethics 101 August 2005)
    18. Leadership Promises for Every Day, J Countryman, March 2003 - Fall 07 Leadership Promises for Your Work Week
    19. Thinking For a Change, Warner Business Books, March 2003
    20. Attitude 101, Thomas Nelson, January 2003
    21. Running With the Giants, Warner Books, September 2002
    22. Leadership 101, Thomas Nelson, August 2002
    23. The Maxwell Leadership Bible, Thomas Nelson, March 2002
    24. Your Road Map for Success, Thomas Nelson, March 2002 (Orig.titled: The Success Journey, Thomas Nelson, 1997)
    25. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work, J. Countryman, February 2002
    26. The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player, Thomas Nelson, January 2002
    27. The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, Thomas Nelson, August 2001
    28. Leading From the Lockers, Tommy Nelson, July 2001
    29. The Desert Experience, (contributor), Thomas Nelson, March 2001 – out of print
    30. The Right to Lead, J. Countryman, February 2001
    31. The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day, Thomas Nelson, September 2000
    32. Success - One Day at a Time, J. Countryman, 2000
    33. Failing Forward – Turning Your Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success, Thomas Nelson, 2000
    34. The Treasure of a Friend, J. Countryman, 1999
    35. The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Thomas Nelson, 1999
    36. The Power of Partnership, J Countryman, 1999 - Out of Print
    37. Destiny & Deliverance, (contributor) Thomas Nelson, 1998 – out of print
    38. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Thomas Nelson, 1998
    39. The Heart of Christmas (contributor), Thomas Nelson, 1998 – out of print
    40. Becoming a Person of Influence (co-author), Thomas Nelson, 1997
    41. Your Bridge to a Better Future, Thomas Nelson, 1997 – out of print
    42. Breakthrough Parenting, Focus on the Family, 1996 – out of print
    43. Living at the Next Level, Thomas Nelson, 1996 – out of print
    45. Partners in Prayer, Thomas Nelson, 1996
    46. The Power of Thinking Big, Cook Comm. 2002 - (Orig. It’s Just a Thought but It Could Change Your Life)
    47. The Power of Influence, Cook Communications August 2002 (Orig. People Power)
    48. Developing the Leaders Around You, Thomas Nelson, 1995 (Repackaged 2003)
    49. Your Family Time With God, Christian Parenting Books, 1995 – out of print
    50. The Power of Attitude, Cook Comm. (Orig. You Can't Be a Smart Cookie If You Have a Crummy Attitude)
    51. The Power of Leadership, Cook Comm. (Orig. Leadership 101)
    52. The Time Crunch (contributor), Multnomah Books, 1993 – out of print
    53. Developing the Leader Within You, Thomas Nelson, 1993 (Repackaged 2001)
    54. The Winning Attitude, Thomas Nelson, 1990 (Orig. Your Attitude: Key to Success, Here's Life Publishers, 1984)
    55. Be a People Person, Cook Communications (Originally Chariot-Victor Books, 1989)
    56. Be All You Can Be, Cook Communications (Originally Chariot-Victor Books, 1987)
    57. Tough Questions - Honest Answers, Here's Life Publishers, 1985 - out of print
    58. Think on These Things, Beacon Hill Press, 1979 - Re-released 1999, 20th Anniversary Edition

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