Small town, huge dreams.

Do you have an unstoppable desire to make a difference in the lives of people? Unsure of where to start? That's a snapshot of where I was 50 years ago. My journey began as a pastor of a small church in Ohio where I learned that leadership started with developing myself and connecting with others. It wasn't an easy road and I've worn a lot of hats since those simpler days.

I've always dreamed of impacting the world and changing lives one at a time. I've stayed a student of personal growth and development. Why? Because I believe it has the power to change us individually, connect communities, be a catalyst to corporations, and transform countries around the world.

You see, my passion in life is growing and equipping others to do remarkable things and lead significant and fulfilled lives.

There's no greater mission for me. There's no higher goal than to help others realize their significance and potential. That's why I've dedicated my life to what I believe I do best: teach. I've written more than 100 books that have been translated into fifty languages. I've authored several New York Times bestselling books and was named #1 leadership expert in the world by Inc. Magazine in 2014.

I also travel around the world meeting with people of all backgrounds to help them discover significance. I’ve taught what I know to Fortune 500 company leaders, university staff and students, church members and community leaders.

But I don’t go the journey alone. In the last two decades, I've developed several organizations to carry out the teaching and wisdom I've gained in my lifetime.

How I Impact

The John Maxwell Company compels corporate leaders and consumers to inspire, challenge, and equip organizations to live out leadership and reach their potential. This company distributes my resources, develops customized curriculum for businesses of all sizes, and impacts industries locally, nationally and globally.

From assessments and coaching to public and on-site workshops, each solution we provide inspires and challenges you not just to learn but to lead with excellence. All of my company’s curriculum can be customized to specifically address your organizational, cultural, and leadership challenges. It also offers numerous programs for individuals seeking to grow themselves personally.

The John Maxwell Team empowers coaches, trainers, speakers and professionals seeking to add value to others and become top leaders as owners of their respective businesses, in their community or employment role, or for personal growth and development.  This incredible team equips over 13,000 trained and certified John Maxwell Coaches to walk beside others in their journey toward their greatest potential. 

EQUIP is my non-profit organization that trains and mobilizes Christian leaders to impact families, organizations, communities and nations around the world. Through this team's work we've established six million leaders in 196 countries and seen hundreds of thousands of lives changed through the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the next four years, EQUIP will prayerfully aim to see one million individuals come to Christ and experience transformation.

The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, my second philanthropic organization, facilitates transformation in countries around the world through values and intentional living programs within each country’s streams of influence, including; government, education, business, churches, arts, media, and family.




I'm excited by the mission of each of these businesses, and I'm honored to be surrounded by leaders who are beside me every step of the way. Together, we have the great privilege of changing the lives of people around the world in numerous ways.

My friend, this mission – this dream – only happens with hard work and people like you living beyond their potential. Do you have a dream? Do you desire to join me on this journey to unlock the power of your potential? Start your journey with me. We'll go the way together.

Additional Ways I Impact