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Leadership Quotes by John Maxwell

Updated on August 12, 2015

Welcome to quotes by John C. Maxwell

Welcome to a list of Leadership quotes by John C. Maxwell. John C. Maxwell is a christian author, leader and teaching pastor who has written over 60 books dealing with the subject of leadership.

  • The writer of Proverbs observed that sharp people sharpen one another, just as iron sharpens iron. If you want to be a sharp thinker, be around sharp people.
  • Believing in people before they have proved themselves is the key to motivating people to reach their potential.
  • The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare.
  • Don't do what you wouldn't feel comfortable reading about in the newspapers the next day.
  • But the purpose of goals is to focus your attention and give you direction, not to identify a final destination
  • Victorious leaders possess an unwillingness to accept defeat. The alternative to winning is totally unacceptable to them
  • I believe there are two ingredients necessary to make every day a masterpiece: decisions and discipline.
  • Hoping for a good future without investing in today is like a farmer waiting for a crop without ever planting any seed.
  • "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
  • "I believe amateurs will sometimes produce but the professional, will always perform. Set the bar high for your self and for your team, ask them to be professional."
  • "People who can delegate well, almost always...do well."
  • People aren't perfect. They don't always make the right decisions. But those who are successful, get back up and do something. It is better to have a PLAN B, than to have no plan and just sit on the sideline.
  • "A coachable person understands and is mature enough to understand that a little hurt today is worth it for a lot of help tomorrow."
  • "The dream is free but the journey you have to pay for. A person with work ethic, is willing to pay the price today so they can reap and realize the dream tomorrow." "The best use of time isn't to manage time, the best use of time is to manage you."
  • "We are not here in this world to compete with one another, we are here to complete one another."
  • "Don't have the regret, of doing nothing." "A person that has good experience will become intuitive and gifted in that area and therefore will have the instincts that will allow them to perhaps sieze the moment before others."
  • "Reputation takes a while to earn and develop, yet it can be destroyed in a moment. Go slowly, do things right, be faithful and consistent, build a reputation that is positive and than guard it and protect it."
  • "Leaders have to keep learning. It's the learning that keeps us fresh. Nothing is more of a compliment to a company or organization than a leader who is fresh with insights, thoughts, vision and resources."
  • "The great leaders don't get the people to come to them. They go to the people and give them a listening ear."
  • "Give up what could be today for what could be tomorrow. Be willing to give up to go up, be willing to sacrifice."
  • "You can nourish your body, mind and soul. It all comes down to choice. What we take in is going to come back out. Make the right choice to give you body, mind and spirit a chance."
  • "If you white flag it quickly in life without playing the whole, you lose all the potential possibilities of what you could be and what you should be, yet so many people, never get started and they lose their potential."

  • "It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone."
  • The strength of any organization is a direct result of the strength of its leaders. Weak leaders equal weak organizations. Strong leaders equal strong organizations. Everything rises and falls on leadership.
  • “The biggest mistake you can make in trying to talk convincingly is to put your highest priority on expressing your ideas and feelings. What most people really want is to be listened to, respected, and understood.
  • The Law of Legacy states, “True success is measured by succession.”
  • You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller. You overcome them by making yourself bigger!
  • You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself Any direction you choose.
  • “When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do.”
  • When you start developing people, you should never go into it with the idea of getting something out of it.
  • 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.
  • YOU CAN'T MOVE PEOPLE TO ACTION UNLESS YOU FIRST MOVE THEM WITH EMOTION. THE HEART COMES BEFORE THE HEAD.
  • I believe there are two ingredients necessary to make every day a masterpiece: decisions and discipline.
  • "Big people monopolize the listening. Small people monopolize the talking."
  • “Neither despise or oppose what thou dost not understand,”
  • Attitude sets the tone, not only for the leader with the attitude, but for the people following him or her.
  • The best way to show people your faith in them and motivate them is to focus your attention on their strengths.
  • It's almost impossible to think of yourself as "the expert" and continue growing and learning at the same time. All great learners are great listeners.
  • Growth comes from making decisions and following through on them.
  • 'Don't do what you wouldn't feel comfortable reading about in the newspapers the next day.'"
  • The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.
  • "The greatest leader is willing to train people and develop them to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability."

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