Our 12 favorite John Maxwell quotes

Our 12 favorite John Maxwell quotes

A man as prolifically published as John C. Maxwell is bound to have a long list of inspiring quotes. It’s hard to narrow them down, but the following is our shortlist of 12 favorites to turn to when you’re in need of some inspiration, motivation, and antidotes to frustration.


  1. “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “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.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “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.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “Managers work with processes-leaders work with people.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “Good leaders know when to display emotions and when to delay them.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “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.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “The best leaders are humble enough to realize their victories depend upon their people.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “When leaders fail to empower others, it is usually due to three main reasons: 1. Desire for Job Security 2. Resistance to Change 3. Lack of Self-Worth.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “A leader with confidence is a leader who brings out positive changes in people.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “Leaders who are effective are leaders who are disciplined in their daily lives.” John C. Maxwell


  1. “There are five non-negotiable characteristics that every effective leader must have: a sense of calling, an ability to communicate, creativity in problem solving, generosity, and consistency.” John C. Maxwell