Sep 17, 2023
John C. Maxwell’s 50 Famous Quotes on Leadership

John C. Maxwell

Tap into the brain of John C. Maxwell! Here are John C. Maxwell’s 50 Famous quotes on leadership


1. “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”

2. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”

3. “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

4. “Your leadership is not about you; it’s about those who are following you.”

5. “Leadership is not something you do to people; it’s something you do with people.”

6. “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.”

7. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”

8. “Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.”

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

10. “The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.”

11. “You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.”

12. “The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.”

13. “Success is not a destination; it’s a journey.”

14. “The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.”

15. “Leaders do more than set the direction; they set the example.”

16. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

17. “If we are growing, we are always going to be outside our comfort zone.”

18. “Leadership is not a position. It’s a process, a journey.”

19. “A leader with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”

20. “The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying.”

21. “Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure.”

22. “Leadership is not about being in charge. It is about taking care of those in your charge.”

23. “The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.”

24. “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”

25. “To add growth, lead followers; to multiply, lead leaders.”

26. “The best leaders are clear thinkers who know where they want to go, why they want to go there, and how to get there.”

27. “Leadership is not just about giving energy… it’s unleashing other people’s energy.”

28. “Success is not measured by what you do compared to what others do. It is measured by what you do with the ability God gave you.”

29. “Leadership is not about being in the spotlight. It is about making others shine.”

30. “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

31. “The greatest value in life is not what you get. It’s what you become.”

32. “The more you value your time, the more value it will bring.”

33. “Leadership is not about how much you know but how much you can get others to accomplish.”

34. “Leadership is not limited to the influence of one person. It’s about the impact of a team.”

35. “The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed, and a visionary has his eyes open.”

36. “Leadership is not about being right. It’s about getting it right.”

37. “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes.”

38. “You have to live with the people to know their needs. You have to live with God to know how to solve them.”

39. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”

40. “Great leaders always seem to embody two seemingly disparate qualities. They are both highly visionary and highly practical.”

41. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

42. “Leadership is not a destination. It’s a journey, and it’s a process.”

43. “The leader’s attitude is like a thermostat for the place he or she works. If the leader’s attitude is good, the atmosphere of the work is good.”

44. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

45. “Leadership is not about knowing all the answers; it’s about asking the right questions.”

46. “The greatest leaders are willing to make sacrifices for the sake of others.”

47. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

48. “People who don’t develop the habit of success before making decisions to succeed will likely falter when the going gets tough.”

49. “The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

50. “In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”


These quotes by John C. Maxwell encapsulate his profound insights on leadership and personal growth, serving as valuable guidance for leaders and aspiring leaders alike.


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