Posts by John Maxwell

One Thing That Makes or Breaks a Leader

In my book, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently, I share one of the most overlooked aspects of leadership. If you’ve read the book, you know where I’m going, but if you haven’t read the book, let me tell you—you don’t want to miss this thought. In fact, it’s the…

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Five Fast Rules for Leaders Navigating Challenges

I’ve been saying it for a while now, but the connected world is moving faster than ever. The speed of relationships, business, communication, and information continues to accelerate as we struggle to keep up. For every leader, learning to navigate that breakneck pace is essential. For many leaders, it is also quite challenging. That’s because…

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Rest—Investing Time to Become a Better Leader

Recently, one of our team members at the John Maxwell Company shared an interesting struggle in his life: he’s forgotten how to rest. Some of the team was gathered for lunch and he volunteered his thoughts as everyone was talking. “I just feel like, when I’m resting, that there’s something else I should be doing,”…

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Possibility Thinking, Part Two

Last week, I wrote about the power of Possibility Thinking, and the three things it helps you escape. In that post, I told you that I’d be back this week to tell you how Possibility Thinking helps others break free as well. Well, here I am. And I want to tell you a story of…

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Possibility Thinking, Part One

What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail? I read this question long ago in Robert Schuller’s book, Move Ahead with Possibility Thinking. It resonated with me in way I couldn’t define. You see, growing up, I was surrounded by a culture that thought about avoiding failure—a community concerned with finding the safe…

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How Leaders Make Failure Their Friend

What’s your definition of the word “failure”? For some people, failure is a mistake of any kind. For others, failure is missing a set goal. For still others, failure is a constant state of being, a way of thinking about themselves and the world. For leaders, failure is different. J. Wallace Hamilton wrote, “The increase…

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Three Steps to Increase Your Capacity for Action

I wish I could do more. I hear that statement a lot from leaders around the world. The demands on their time, their skills, and their presence are always escalating, always making it seem like there’s never enough of the leader to go around. Usually, the emphasis is on the more in that sentence: I…

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A Leader’s Silent Investment

If you’re a young leader—whether that’s by age or experience—then I want to talk to you today. I don’t want to take up too much of your time, so I’ll cut to the chase: Personal growth is a leader’s greatest silent investment. By that I mean, it doesn’t speak up, it shows up. When we’re…

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Mister Rogers: Leadership with Lasting Impact

What do you think of when you hear the word, “neighbor”? Depending on your age, you’re likely to think of Fred Rogers. Or, more accurately, Mister Rogers. That’s because Mister Rogers is one of the most iconic television personalities in American history. A mild-mannered Pennsylvania man with a passion for encouraging children, Mister Rogers became…

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Two Things Every Leader Should Avoid Like the Plague

Several years ago my friend, Dave Anderson, released his book, Up Your Business: 7 Steps to Fix, Build, or Stretch Your Organization. I remember reading it with excitement, and even developed a teaching on some of the most important lessons I learned from the book. There are so many good ideas that Dave presented, and…

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