John Maxwell Profile

  • Over the course of 40 years, he's trained more than 5 million people to lead from an authentic and healthy place.

  • From Inc. to, multiple media organizations widely recognize him as the world's top leadership expert.

  • A best-selling author of over 30 books, he's sold more than 25 million books in 50 different languages.
  • Named the #1 Leadership and Management Expert in the World” by both Inc. magazine and Business Insider, John Maxwell has made it his life’s passion to develop leaders at every level. The #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker has sold more than 25 million books in 50 languages.

    As the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, John has trained leaders from every country of the world. Fortune 500 companies, national dignitaries, and many of the world’s top business leaders frequently request him for keynotes and consulting.

    John is a recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership, a prestigious award that in the past has gone to Nelson Mandela, former president Jimmy Carter, and Pope John Paul II. The American Management Association® has identified him as the “#1 Leader in Business” and for six consecutive years the public has voted him “top leadership professional in the world” on .

    John’s most recent book is Intentional Living: Choosing a Life that Matters.

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        • John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, who has sold over 19 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. As a cutting-edge entrepreneur, best-selling author and dynamic speaker, Dr. John C. Maxwell has cultivated an extensive following among the most highly respected and influential business leaders across the globe. Reaching more than 350,000 people a year through speaking engagements alone, John Maxwell is committed to developing leaders of excellence and integrity by providing the finest resources and training for personal and professional growth.

      Called the nation′s foremost expert on leadership, John was born in central Ohio. He credits his excellent leadership instincts and his early leadership training to his father, Melvin Maxwell, whom he followed into the ministry. For over twenty-five years, John led churches in Indiana, Ohio, and California.

      Dr. Maxwell is a prolific author, penning over 30 books with more than 7 million copies sold. His hottest titles include: Thinking for a Change, Running With the Giants, Leadership 101, Attitude 101, The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader′s Day, Failing Forward: Turning Your Failures into Stepping Stones for Success, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Leadership Gold, Put Your Dream to the Test , and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect : What the Most Effective People Do Differently. Many of his titles have landed on the best-seller list in noted publications such as the New York Times, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CBA Marketplace.

      John Maxwell′s philosophy that “everything rises and falls on leadership” motivates his every endeavor to help individuals reach their highest potential, both in the home office and abroad. Each year he speaks to the leaders of diverse organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, the National Football League, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United Nations.

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    With 40 years of hands-on experience in the field of leadership, John Maxwell equips audiences to lead authentically and from a healthy place. A gripping storyteller, John will challenge and motivate your group with rock solid principles and little habits that can easily be applied to your life. Companies, trade associations, and other organizations frequently ask him to return due to his electrifying delivery and the visible results that follow. John can tailor presentations to meet your group’s needs on any of the following topics: leadership, teamwork, relationships, attitude, success, personal growth, and communication.

      The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
      What would happen if a top expert with more than thirty years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your life. John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He has combined insights learned from his thirty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. The result is a revealing study of leadership delivered as only a communicator like Maxwell can.

      Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential.

      John talks about one of his key leadership concepts, the 5 levels of leadership, and how every individual can increase their influence and their results by applying the 5 levels to their leadership walk.

      John shares the principles that shape every individual’s success by focusing on Relationships, Equipping, Attitude, and Leadership.

      John shares his foundational truths of leadership through personal anecdotes and real-life examples from business, politics, sports, religion, and the military.

      John illustrates the laws of teamwork at work in every area of an individual’s life and teaches key principles that enable teams to succeed.

      John discusses the five connecting principles and the five connecting practices that help individuals influence change and get results.

      THE 360° LEADER
      John illustrates his belief about how individuals can lead up, down, and across regardless of a person’s position in an organization.

      John guides his audience through a series of questions, that, when answered, help individuals make good decisions and maximize every moment to achieve their dreams.

      John challenges every person to make today the most important day in an effort to build toward a better tomorrow with simple principles, tips, and how-to’s that anyone can immediately apply.

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      “John Maxwell is a leader′s leader who knows what it takes to succeed.”

      –Peter Lowe, Peter Lowe International

      “Masterful… John Maxwell is a phenomenon, and he never ceases to amaze me!”

      –James M. Kouzes, Co-Author of The Leadership Challenge and Chairman Emeritus, Tom Peters Company

      “John’s passion and commitment to others’ growth and development far surpasses others’ leadership teachings. He gives you the expertise when you do not have the experience … Every leader should attend an event with john maxwell.”

- Dianna Kokoszka, President, MAPS Coaching, Keller Williams, Austin, Texas

      “Booking john to speak at our company is another great way to educate our leaders and grow our organization. Hearing john’s leadership principles on site directly impacts our team. Thank you, john.”

      – Ed Bastian, President of Delta Airlines

      “We have seen a positive impact on our business since we brought john in to speak to our global leadership team. His influence and teachings lifted our leaders and improved our leadership capability. We look forward to having him back.”

      – Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft Corporation

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    Books by John Maxwell:

      Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently
      You have a good idea but can′t convince your peers of its merit. You crafted a groundbreaking strategy, but the team trudges on in the same old way. Certain people move forward in their career while you seem to be stuck. If this describes you or someone you know, the problem is not the quality of what you have to offer. The problem is how you connect with people to create the results you desire.

      In Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John Maxwell takes readers through the Five Connecting Principles and the Five Connecting Practices of top-notch achievers. He believes that a person′s ability to create change and results in any organization-be it a company, church, nonprofit, or even a family-is directly tied to the ability to use the teachings of this book.

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      The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
      If you′ve never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you′ve been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you′ll love this new expanded and updated one.

      Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better:

      • Every Law of Leadership has been sharpened and updated
      • Seventeen new leadership stories are included
      • Two new Laws of Leadership are introduced
      • New evaluation tool will reveal your leadership strengths-and weaknesses
      • New application exercises in every chapter will help you grow

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      The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow
      In the tradition of his million-seller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, author John C. Maxwell now provides a concise, accessible leadership book that helps readers become more effective leaders from the inside out. Daily readings highlight twenty-one essential leadership qualities and include “Reflecting On It” and “Bringing It Home” sections that help readers integrate and apply each day′s material.

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