Born in 1946, John C. Maxwell is one of today’s top leadership experts. As a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, he has sold more than 24 million books in 50 languages.

Maxwell’s most influential writings include titles like “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” “Developing the Leader Within You” and “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader” — works that proved to be of true help and inspiration for millions of leaders all around the world.

In order to help others find their potential, John and his brother Larry Maxwell have established EQUIP, which is a nonprofit organization that focuses on personal development, leadership training, speaking, mentoring and growth.

Often considered a leadership authority, Maxwell is also known for developing the 5 Levels of Leadership. These levels refer to a leader’s status in their employees’ eyes, starting from people following him or her because they have to (position), to a phase of leading maturity at which employees believe in their leader’s vision.

Here are 17 John C. Maxwell quotes to help you become a better leader.


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

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

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


A successful person finds the right place for himself. But a successful leader finds the right place for others

Everything rises and falls on leadership.

Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.

When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.

Leaders who are effective are leaders who are disciplined in their daily lives.

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If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why should anyone else?

A minute of thought is greater than an hour of talk.

The best leaders are humble enough to realize their victories depend upon their people.

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

The challenge of leadership is to create change and facilitate growth.

People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.

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The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.

As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.

Most people want to avoid pain, and discipline is usually painful.