200 John Maxwell Quotes On Leadership, Success, Growth

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John Calvin Maxwell was born on November 5, 1947, is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written over 60 books, primarily about leadership. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, an organization that provides training and resources to help people become better leaders.

Maxwell is also the founder of several companies including INJOY, Maximum Impact, and ISS. He is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week bestselling author who has sold more than 24 million books in 50 languages and has been named one of the top 100 leaders in business by Fortune Magazine.

Famous John Maxwell Quotes On Growth

Some of his bestselling books include “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” “Developing the Leader Within You” and “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader”. These books have helped and motivated so many leaders all over the world.

Maxwell is a world-renowned leadership expert who has spoken to millions of people around the world. He had been traveling the world for more than 40 years working with different people and aspiring leaders and teaching them to develop authentic leadership qualities. Maxwell was also named the No. 1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine in May 2014.

John along with his brother Larry Maxwell founded a nonprofit organization named EQUIP to help others to find their potential and which focuses on the personal, mental, and overall growth of the people.

Here we are sharing a collection of John Maxwell quotes on leadership, success, and growth to inspire people more to achieve their dreams.

John Maxwell Quotes

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” ― John Maxwell

“Talent is a gift, but the character is a choice.” ― John Maxwell

“You must do right before you feel good.” ― John Maxwell

“It’s good to be out of your comfort zone. Just don’t step out of your gift zone.” ― John Maxwell

“The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness.” ― John Maxwell

“Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are in making them feel good about you.” ― John Maxwell

“You have to live with the people to know their needs, and you have to live with God to know how to solve them.” ― John Maxwell

“The essence of man is imperfection. Know that you’re going to make mistakes.” ― John Maxwell

“The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does.” ― John Maxwell

“Achievers are given multiple reasons to believe they are failures, but in spite of that, they persevere.” ― John Maxwell

John C Maxwell Quotes

“Life is playing a poor hand well. The greatest battle you wage against failure occurs on the inside, not the outside.” ― John Maxwell

“When achievers fail, they see it as a momentary event, not a lifelong epidemic.” ― John Maxwell

“Embrace adversity and make failure a regular part of your life. If you’re not failing, you’re probably not really moving forward.” ― John Maxwell

“Everything in life brings risk.” ― John Maxwell

“It’s true that you risk failure if you try something bold because you might miss it. But you also risk failure if you stand still and don’t try anything new.” ― John Maxwell

“The more you do, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get.” ― John Maxwell

“The last time you failed, did you stop trying because you failed, or did you fail because you stopped trying?” ― John Maxwell

“Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.” ― John Maxwell

“Don’t gift wrap the garbage. Let little failures go.” ― John Maxwell

“Your mission is to become better today than you were yesterday.” ― John Maxwell

John C Maxwell Leadership Quotes

“Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.” ― John Maxwell

“God uses people who fail, because there aren’t any other kinds around.” ― John Maxwell

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

“Image is what people think we are; integrity is what we really are.” ― John Maxwell

“Manage your thought life daily and then you can manage your life.” ― John Maxwell

“Life doesn’t do anything to you. It only reveals your spirit.” ― John Maxwell

“Live to learn and you will really learn to live.” ― John Maxwell

“You cannot enjoy others until you enjoy yourself, because you cannot give to others what you do not have.” ― John Maxwell

“The sum of all your thoughts comprises your overall attitude.” ― John Maxwell

“The bottom line in managing your emotions is that you should put others—not yourself—first in how you handle and process them.” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Quotes On Success

“You see, when our attitudes outdistance our abilities, even the impossible becomes possible.” ― John Maxwell

“Your attitude is like the mind’s paintbrush. It can paint everything in bright, vibrant colors—creating a masterpiece.” ― John Maxwell

“Creativity requires a willingness to look stupid.” ― John Maxwell

“People with humility don’t think less of themselves; they just think of themselves less.” ― John Maxwell

“Position is a poor substitute for influence.” ― John Maxwell

“Your life today is a result of your thinking yesterday. Your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think today.” ― John Maxwell

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” ― John Maxwell

“When special people touch our lives, then suddenly we see how beautiful and wonderful our world can really be.” ― John Maxwell

“When special people touch our lives, they teach us how to live.” ― John Maxwell

“If you pair excellence with humility, people not only won’t run over you, they will respect you.” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Quotes On Servant Leadership

“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” ― John Maxwell

“If you don’t have peace, it isn’t because someone took it from you; you gave it away. You cannot always control what happens to you, but you can control what happens in you.” ― John Maxwell

“Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.” ― John Maxwell

“We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.” ― John Maxwell

“If you start today to do the right thing, you are already a success even if it doesn’t show yet.” ― John Maxwell

“Real leadership is being the person others will gladly and confidently follow.” ― John Maxwell

“A successful person finds the right place for himself, but a successful leader finds the right place for others.” ― John Maxwell

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” ― John Maxwell

“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” ― John Maxwell

“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Motivational Quotes

“He who thinks he leads but has no followers is only taking a walk.” ― John Maxwell

“When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.” ― John Maxwell

“The leader’s attitude is like a thermostat for the place she works. If her attitude is good, the atmosphere is pleasant and the environment is easy to work in. But if her attitude is bad, the temperature is insufferable.” ― John Maxwell

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

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

“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.” ― John Maxwell

“Many people view leadership the same way they view success—hoping to go as far as they can, to climb the ladder, to achieve the highest position possible for their talent.” ― John Maxwell

“Contrary to conventional thinking, I believe the bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves, but how far we advance others. That is achieved by serving others and adding value to their lives.” ― John Maxwell

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” ― John Maxwell

“To conquer fear, you have to feel the fear and take action anyway.” ― John Maxwell

Famous John Maxwell Quotes On Growth

“If you can take action and keep making mistakes, you gain experience.” ― John Maxwell

“You can’t move people to action unless you first move them with emotion.The heart comes before the head.” ― John Maxwell

“A dream becomes a reality as a result of your actions, and your actions are controlled, to a large extent, by your habits.” ― John Maxwell

“Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a destiny.” ― John Maxwell

“You can act your way into feeling long before you can feel your way into action. If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it.” ― John Maxwell

“Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date.” ― John Maxwell

“The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.” ― John Maxwell

“Action is what converts human dreams into significance.” ― John Maxwell

“We feel unhappy and confused with our life when we don’t do the focus or calling that God has on our life.” ― John Maxwell

“If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Quotes On Teamwork

“Thinking is hard work; that’s why so few do it.” ― John Maxwell

“A problem is something you can do something about. If you can’t do something about it, then it’s not a problem. It’s a predicament. That means it’s something that must be coped with—endured.” ― John Maxwell

“If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” ― John Maxwell

“Procrastination is too high a price to pay for fear of failure.” ― John Maxwell

“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.” ― John Maxwell

“Getters generally don’t get happiness; givers get it.” ― John Maxwell

“Never say die. Never be satisfied. Be stubborn. Be persistent. Integrity is a must. Anything worth having is worth striving for with all your might.” ― John Maxwell

“Don’t ever be impressed with goal setting; be impressed with goal getting.” ― John Maxwell

“Recognize that you will spend much of your life making mistakes.” ― John Maxwell

“Why worry about things you can’t control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you?” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Quotes On Character

“People are never able to outperform their self-image.” ― John Maxwell

“Handicaps can only disable us if we let them. If you are continually experiencing trouble or facing obstacles, then you should check to make sure that you are not the problem.” ― John Maxwell

“Everything begins with a decision. Then, we have to manage that decision for the rest of your life.” ― John Maxwell

“Have to sow excellent seeds to have an excellent life. Must start with sowing excellent thoughts.” ― John Maxwell

“I want to make a difference with people who want to make a difference, doing something that makes a difference.” ― John Maxwell

“A dream worth pursuing is a picture and blueprint of a person’s purpose and potential.” ― John Maxwell

“When you realize that people treat you according to how they see themselves rather than how you really are, you are less likely to be affected by their behavior.” ― John Maxwell

“It’s better to prepare than to repair.” ― John Maxwell

“Goals may give focus, but dreams give power.” ― John Maxwell

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Quotes On Learning

“Little progress is better than no progress at all.” ― John Maxwell

“Nobody finishes well by accident.” ― John Maxwell

“The great men and women of history were not great because of what they earned and owned, but rather, for what they gave their lives to accomplish.” ― John Maxwell

“It is true—most people are more satisfied with old problems than committed to finding new solutions.” ― John Maxwell

“Life is now in session. Are you present?” ― John Maxwell

“If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why should anyone else?” ― John Maxwell

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” ― John Maxwell

“What you make of life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need—what you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours. Stay mindful of your choices!” ― John Maxwell

“Leaders who attract followers, need to be needed. Leaders who develop leaders, want to be succeeded.” ― John Maxwell

“Everyone is a leader because everyone influences someone.” ― John Maxwell

John C Maxwell Quotes On Relationships

“Leadership is more disposition than position—influence others from wherever you are.” ― John Maxwell

“A leader is great not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others.” ― John Maxwell

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

“Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. Leaders who are good navigators are capable of taking their people just about anywhere.” ― John Maxwell

“What’s true for a teammate is also true for the leader. If you don’t grow, you gotta go.” ― John Maxwell

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” ― John Maxwell

“To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another.” ― John Maxwell

“Nobody achieves anything great by giving the minimum. No teams win championships without making sacrifices and giving their best.” ― John Maxwell

“Over the years, I have learned that you can go much farther with a team than you can go alone.” ― John Maxwell

“A great dream with a bad team is nothing more than a nightmare.” ― John Maxwell

Best John Maxwell Quotes On Communication

“Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.” ― John Maxwell

“People tend to become what the most important people in their lives think they will become.” ― John Maxwell

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer, but wish we didn’t.” ― John Maxwell

“The goal of confrontation should be to help, not to humiliate.” ― John Maxwell

“Wake up and realize this—failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success.” ― John Maxwell

“The less you venture out, the greater your risk of failure. Ironically, the more you risk failure—and actually fail—the greater your chances of success.” ― John Maxwell

“If you are succeeding in everything you do, then you’re probably not pushing yourself hard enough; and that means you’re not taking enough risks. You risk, because you have something of value you want to achieve.” ― John Maxwell

“Success is in the journey, the continual process.” ― John Maxwell

“Commitment makes you capable of failing forward until you reach your goals. Cutting corners is really a sign of impatience and poor self-discipline.” ― John Maxwell

“Nothing worth achieving comes easily. The only way to fail forward and achieve your dreams is to cultivate tenacity and persistence.” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Inspirational Quotes On Purpose, Dreams, And Change

“The next time you find yourself envying what successful people have achieved, recognize that they have probably gone through many negative experiences that you cannot see on the surface.” ― John Maxwell

“Successful people have learned to do what does not come naturally.” ― John Maxwell

“Your success stops where your character stops. You can never rise above the limitations of your character.” ― John Maxwell

“If you don’t change the direction you are going, then you’re likely to end up where you’re heading.” ― John Maxwell

“Reaching new goals and moving to a higher level of performance always requires change, and change feels awkward.” ― John Maxwell

“Take comfort in the knowledge that if change doesn’t feel uncomfortable, then it’s probably not really a change.” ― John Maxwell

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” ― John Maxwell

“Your thinking, more than anything else, shapes the way you live. It’s really true that if you change your thinking, you can change your life.” ― John Maxwell

“Positive thinking does not always change our circumstances, but it will always change us.” ― John Maxwell

“The challenge of leadership is to create change and facilitate growth.” ― John Maxwell

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions Quotes

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

“Growth inside fuels growth outside.” ― John Maxwell

“Most people who decide to grow personally find their first mentors in the pages of books.” ― John Maxwell

“You do that by focusing on what you can do today to improve and grow.” ― John Maxwell

“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.” ― John Maxwell

“It doesn’t matter how talented you are. It doesn’t matter how many opportunities you receive. If you want to grow, consistency is key.” ― John Maxwell

“In life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems.” ― John Maxwell

“Most people have a desire to look for the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional.” ― John Maxwell

“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” ― John Maxwell

“Stay focused on what God has assigned me to do. Keep my mind on what I am doing.” ― John Maxwell

Developing The Leader Within You John Maxwell Quotes

“Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about themselves, and small people talk about others.” ― John Maxwell

“Yesterday ended last night.” ― John Maxwell

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” ― John Maxwell

“Always turn to God in the midst of your struggle and view people who offended you as instruments of divine sovereignty.” ― John Maxwell

“A person who knows ‘how’ may always have a job, but the person who knows ‘why’ will always be his boss.” ― John Maxwell

“Comparing yourself to others is really just a needless distraction.” ― John Maxwell

“The only one you should compare yourself to is you.” ― John Maxwell

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” ― John Maxwell

“Everyone enjoys being inspired.” ― John Maxwell

“There is no life as empty as the self-centered life. There is no life as centered as the self-empty life.” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Failing Forward Quotes

“A dream requires a partner—commitment.” ― John Maxwell

“Dreams often come one size too big so that we can grow into them.” ― John Maxwell

“When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment, you create trust.” ― John Maxwell

“An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.” ― John Maxwell

“Until thought is linked with purpose, there is no intelligent accomplishment.” ― John Maxwell

“True success comes only when every generation continues to develop the next generation.” ― John Maxwell

“Happiness simply cannot be relied upon as a measure of success.” ― John Maxwell

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” ― John Maxwell

“It’s said that a wise person learns from his mistakes. A wiser one learns from others’ mistakes. But the wisest person of all learns from others’s successes.” ― John Maxwell

“The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Quotes On Integrity

“Attitude is the first quality that marks the successful man. If he has a positive attitude and is a positive thinker, who likes challenges and difficult situations, then he has half his success achieved.” ― John Maxwell

“One of the major keys to success is to keep moving forward on the journey, making the best of the detours and interruptions, turning adversity into advantage.” ― John Maxwell

“It is easier to move from failure to success than from excuses to success.” ― John Maxwell

“Success comes in taking many small steps. If you stumble in a small step, it rarely matters.” ― John Maxwell

“Successful people do the things that unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.” ― John Maxwell

“Where success is concerned, people are not measured in inches, or pounds, or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking.” ― John Maxwell

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” ― John Maxwell

“Failure isn’t so bad if it doesn’t attack the heart. Success is alright if it doesn’t go to the head.” ― John Maxwell

“Risk must be evaluated not by the fear it generates in you or the probability of your success, but by the value of the goal.” ― John Maxwell

“Successful people do daily what unsuccessful people do occasionally. They practice daily disciplines. They implement systems for their personal growth. They make it a habit to maintain a positive attitude.” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Quotes On Encouragement

“Sometimes, we are afraid because success puts pressure on us to continue to succeed.” ― John Maxwell

“Today matters. People create success in their lives by focusing on today.” ― John Maxwell

“One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” ― John Maxwell

“The company owner doesn’t need to win—the best idea does.” ― John Maxwell

“A winner knows how much he still has to learn, even when he is considered an expert by others.” ― John Maxwell

“Instead of trying to be great, be part of something greater than yourself.” ― John Maxwell

“A person who has a dream knows what he is willing to give up in order to go up.” ― John Maxwell

“Be more concerned with what you can give rather than what you can get, because giving truly is the highest level of living.” ― John Maxwell

“As people gain more authority, they often develop a lack of patience in listening to those under them. A deaf ear is the first indication of a closed mind.” ― John Maxwell

“If you combine your thoughts with the thoughts of others, you will come up with thoughts you’ve never had!” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Quotes On Personal Growth, Goals

“A visionary company is like a great work of art.” ― John Maxwell

“We need to decide how we want to be treated. Then, we need to begin treating others in that manner.” ― John Maxwell

“Never let the situation mean more than the relationship.” ― John Maxwell

“You never really know something until you teach it to someone else.” ― John Maxwell

“To lead yourself, use your head; to lead others, use your heart.” ― John Maxwell

“Nothing will make a better impression on your leader than your ability to manage yourself.” ― John Maxwell

“When people respect you as a person, they admire you. When they respect you as a friend, they love you. When they respect you as a leader, they follow you.” ― John Maxwell

“Leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less.” ― John Maxwell

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” ― John Maxwell

“The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it.” ― John Maxwell

John Maxwell Quotes On Gratitude

“Do not take the agenda that someone else has mapped out for your life.” ― John Maxwell

“Life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% of how I react to it.” ― John Maxwell

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good, so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” ― John Maxwell

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

“Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” ― John Maxwell

“The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying.” ― John Maxwell

“A leader who produces other leaders multiples their influences.” ― John Maxwell

“Stay focused instead of getting offended or off track by others.” ― John Maxwell

“Relational skills are the most important abilities in leadership.” ― John Maxwell

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

Did you like these John Maxwell quotes?

John Maxwell is a well-known leadership expert, speaker, and author who has written some great quotes on leadership. As a leader, it’s important to remember these quotes and live by them.

These John Maxwell quotes will teach you a lot about leadership, success, and teamwork and also how you can achieve all the things you have dreamed about.

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