50 Inspirational Leadership Quotes by John Maxwell

50 Inspirational Leadership Quotes by John Maxwell

The wisdom of John Maxwell has inspired countless leaders and others who are seeking a more successful path to have the courage to learn, grow, fail, but never give up. As a Pastor, he has touched many lives during his time leading the congregation, and with his books on motivation and leadership he has reached a far wider, and diverse audience. Today, I want to share with you some of the many motivational words John Maxwell has uttered, in the hopes that they will inspire you to reach for your goals, as they have done for me.

Inspirational Leadership Quotes by John Maxwell

 

“Every human being has value, and every player on a team adds value to the team in some way.”

“Every human being has value, and every player on a team adds value to the team in some way.”

 

“Stories tell us who we are. They… Inspire us. Connect with us. Animate our reasoning process. Give us permission to act. Fire our emotions. Give us pictures of who we aspire to be. Stories are us.”

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.” That can happen only when the leader is willing to hear and face the truth.”

“Vision is the world’s most desperate need. There are no hopeless situations, only people who think hopelessly.”

“As a communicator, I spend a good portion of my days sharing stories. People don’t care a lot about cold facts. They don’t want to look at pie charts. They want excitement. They like drama. They care about pictures. They want to laugh. They want to see and feel what happened. Statistics don’t inspire people to do great things. Stories do!”

“Tell the truth interestingly.”


“I believe that no matter what “plot” each of our stories may follow, deep down we all want one thing. We want our lives to matter. We want our stories to be of significance.”

“Anytime a relationship is unequal, it cannot last—whether you are giving more than you get or getting more than you deserve.”

“To put significance in our stories, we must also take action. Being passive may feel safe. If you do nothing, nothing can go wrong. But while inaction cannot fail, it cannot succeed either. We can wait, and hope, and wish, but if we do, we miss the stories our lives could be.”

“Successful people make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily.”

“When you do well, you think it’s worth it. When you sacrifice so much and you finally do well, it feels really good.”

“Leadership is influence.”

You have to experience a lot of failures to achieve success. And the more failure you go through, the higher your success."

“You have to experience a lot of failures to achieve success. And the more failure you go through, the higher your success.”

“produce second-mile followers. If you go out of your way to care about others and help them, then they will go out of their way to help you when you ask them to.”

“The main point is that it’s the speaker’s responsibility to bring energy to the audience and to work to activate them.”

“There’s only one thing more contagious than a good attitude—and that’s a bad attitude.”

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing

“If you can learn that, then no matter what happens to you, you can weather the storm and build on the good you find in any situation.”

“If you want people to remember what you say, you need to say the right thing at the right moment in the right way!”

Take time to pause, think and reflect

“Learning to pause and ask questions turns experience into insight.”

“If the reaction is worse than the action, the problem usually increases. If the reaction is less than the action, the problem usually decreases.”

“If others work for you, give your own time only to those who are willing to learn and grow.”

“The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern, rather than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.”


“Your ultimate goal as a leader should be to work hard enough and strategically enough that you have more than enough to give and share with others.”

“No matter what our circumstances, our greatest limitation isn’t the leader above us—it’s the spirit within us.”

“if you have a positive, joyous outlook, the joy you share will be returned to you.”

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

“Stress this enough: if you don’t have peace, it isn’t because someone took it from you; you gave it away.”

“Stress this enough: if you don’t have peace, it isn’t because someone took it from you; you gave it away.”

For some reason, many people think everything in life should be easy, and when they find out that achievement takes effort, they give up. But success takes hard work.”

“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly bigger man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”

“Maturity doesn’t come with age. It begins with the acceptance of responsibility.”

“Isn’t it strange how we must surrender being right in order to find what’s right, how humility enables us to be authentic, vulnerable, trustworthy, and intimate with others? People are open to those who are open to them.”

“Success leads to the greatest failure, which is pride. Failure leads to the greatest success, which is humility and learning.”

“It’s hard to find motivation in the moment when there is no hope in the future.”

What kind of leader and person do you want to be?

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”

“Expecting the world to treat you fairly just because you’re a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to charge you because you’re a vegetarian”

“People don’t learn from people they don’t value.”


“If what you did 5 years ago still greatly excites you, you probably aren’t growing.”

“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”

“If everyone doesn’t pay the price to win, then everyone will pay the price by losing.”

“Perhaps we have become too analytical to take decisive action. We may be spending too much time studying our problems and not enough time solving them.”

“It doesn’t matter what job you do or what position you obtain; you will have limits. That’s just the way life is.

 

“When you don’t want to change, you look for differences in others. When you are willing to change, you look for similarities.”

“When you don’t want to change, you look for differences in others. When you are willing to change, you look for similarities.”

“You can’t build a relationship with everybody in the room when you don’t care about anybody in the room.”

“If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it.”

“It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What’s tough is being good every day.”

“Success can be defined as the progressive realization of a predetermined goal.”

“You have to be yourself while speaking someone else’s language.”

“Life is a series of outcomes. Sometimes the outcome is what you want. Great. Figure out what you did right. Sometimes the outcome is what you don’t want. Great. Figure out what you did so you don’t do it again.”

“Too many people, when they make a mistake, just keep stubbornly plowing ahead and end up repeating the same mistakes. I believe in the motto, Try and try again.’ But the way I read it, it says, Try, then stop and think. Then try again.”

 

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