John Calvin Maxwell is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. His books have sold millions of copies, with some on the New York Times Best Seller List. (source – Wikipedia)
1. Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.
2. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
3. Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
4. A leader who produces other leaders multiplies their influences.
5. When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.
6. If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why should anyone else.
7. Great leaders always seem to embody two seemingly disparate qualities. They are both highly visionary and highly practical.
8. The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be.
9. If you can’t influence people, then they will not follow you. And if people won’t follow, you are not a leader. That’s the Law of Influence.
10. If you are a leader, the true measure of your success is not getting people to work. It’s not getting people to work hard. It is getting people to work hard together. That takes commitment.
11. If you want to be a leader, the good news is that you can do it. Everyone has the potential, but it isn’t accomplished overnight. It requires perseverance.
12. If you really want to be an uncommon leader, you’re going to have to find a way to get much of your vision seen, implemented, and added to by others.
13. To lead any way other than by example, we send a fuzzy picture of leadership to others. If we work on improving ourselves first and make that our primary mission, then others are more likely to follow.
14. Leaders who are effective are leaders who are disciplined in their daily lives.
15. A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others.
16. All true leaders have learned to say no to the good in order to say yes to the best.
17. If you don’t change the direction you are going, then you’re likely to end up where you’re heading.
18. Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.
19. Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.
20. One of the major keys to success is to keep moving forward on the journey, making the best of the detours and interruptions, turning adversity into advantage.
21. If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.
22. The way you live your life today is preparing you for tomorrow. The question is what are you preparing for?
23. When people respect you as a person, they admire you. When they respect you as a friend, they love you. When they respect you as a leader, they follow you.
24. If you want to be the best leader you can possibly be, no matter how much or how little natural leadership talent you possess, you need to become a serving leader.
25. The challenge of leadership is to create change and facilitate growth.
26. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
27. The growth and development of people is the highest calling of a leader.
28. Success each day should be judged by the seeds sown, not the harvest reaped.
29. As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person I should try to change is me.
30. A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.
31. Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.
32. To lead yourself, use your head; to lead others, use your heart. Always touch a person’s heart before you ask him for a hand.
33. You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
34. Courage isn’t an absence of fear. It’s doing what you are afraid to do. It’s having the power to let go of the familiar and forge ahead into new territory.
35. Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who don’t.
36. Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.
37. To change your life you need to change your priorities.
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