John C. Maxwell Quotes & Wisdom
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.
People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.
Enjoyment is an incredible energizer to the human spirit.
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John Maxwell Quotes On Purpose
Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.
Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.
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.
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.
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.
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.
People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.
The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.
The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.
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.
Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.
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.
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.
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
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.
Every person has a longing to be significant; to make a contribution; to be a part of something noble and purposeful.
When you are full of pride on the inside, it makes you stiff, stubborn, and creates strife with others.
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
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.
As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.
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.
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.
The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential.
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.
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.
You will never fulfill your destiny doing work you despise.
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.
Leadership is influence.
Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
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
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.
Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date.
The first time you say something, it's heard. The second time, it's recognized, and the third time it's learned.
We all have done something unethical.
Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn't come alive until the leader models it.
Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure.
To add value to others, one must first value others.
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 must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
All of the people in my life whom I consider to be close friends or colleagues are good thinkers.
Have the humility to learn from those around you.
Without failure there is no achievement.
Time is more valuable than money, because time is irreplaceable.
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.