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John C. Maxwell Quotes

American author and leadership coach
(1947 - )

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A common mistake that people make is to identify something outside their control as a goal. For instance, many people say their goal is to win the lottery. Or they say they want their spouse to treat them better. But they have no control over these things. To be legitimate, a goal must be within your power to achieve or accomplish personally. As you write each goal, make sure it passes the test.

A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose, a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.

A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.

A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

A leader who produces other leaders multiples their influences.

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

Affirmation from others is fickle and fleeting. If you want to make an impact during your lifetime, you have to trade the praise you could receive from others for the things of value that you can accomplish. You can't be 'one of the boys' and follow your destiny at the same time.

Although it is true that some people are born with greater natural gifts than others, the ability to lead is really a collection of skills, nearly all of which can be learned and improved.

As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behavior. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behavior. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This never works.

Believing in people before they have proved themselves is the key to motivating people to reach their potential.

Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.

Competence goes beyond words. It's the leader's ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how - and know that they want to follow you.

Do not take the agenda that someone else has mapped out for your life.

Doing the right thing daily, compounds over time.

Doing the wrong thing daily, compounds over time.

Dreams don't work unless you do.

Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.

Encourage the many; mentor the few.

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