Sunday, April 25, 2010


John C. Maxwell (born 1947) is an evangelical Christian author, speaker, and pastor who has written more than 50 books, primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. His books have sold more than thirteen million copies, with several on the New York Times Best Seller List and translations in over fifty languages. In 2003, he was honored by the State of Indiana for his lifelong mission in helping individuals develop as leaders, for his prolific authorship, and for the founding of EQUIP.

Quotes attributed to Maxwell:

“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.”

“Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.”

“Competence goes beyond words. It's the leader's ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how - and know that they want to follow you.”

“[The truth is,] we all have done something unethical, ... There's No Such Thing as Business Ethics.”

“If you're lying, you're lying.”

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