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John C. Maxwell Leadership Quotes

John C. Maxwell is an international expert, speaker and consultant on leadership to thousands of organizations, nations and individuals worldwide. He might be the only that has written the most books on leadership. Quotes by him need a reference point particuarly on leadership.


Here curated quotes by John C. Maxwell focusing on leadership and personal development.

  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. -John C. Maxwell
  • People never care how much you know until they know how much you care.
  • A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
  • People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
  • Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.
  • Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best. -John C. Maxwell
  • 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 good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.
  • The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
  • Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering 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.
  • A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
  • Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn’t come alive until the leader models it.
  • Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.
  • Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date.
  • Live to learn, and you will really learn to live.
  • Everything rises and falls on leadership.
  • People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The experience of pain or loss can be a formidably motivating force.
  • 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.
  • Leaders who are kind of insecure or egocentric, they basically sabotage themselves.
  • Pride deafens us to the advice or warnings of those around us.
  • 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.
  • It seems the older you get; the more life comes into focus.
  • 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.
  • We all have done something unethical. -John C. Maxwell
  • All of the people in my life whom I consider to be close friends or colleagues are good thinkers.
  • Time is more valuable than money, because time is irreplaceable.

All credit given to John C. Maxwell and other platforms that had access to these writings and quotes.

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