John C. Maxwell, as you know is one of the all stars when it comes to leadership and relationships. His company EQUIP Leadership Inc has helped millions of leaders around the world. In the month of March I really wanted to focus on my leadership ability. I reread The 5 Levels of Leadership and I was shocked at how many things I got from it the second time. The content is worth a million dollars but you can pick it up at the library for free.

If you have never picked this book up in your life I am going to provide 50 quotes from his book that will help change that for you. If you have read it…please do yourself a favor a read it again! I will cite which chapters and pages I have taken these from to make it easier for you to find yourself.

Chapter 1, Page 42:

1. “The best leaders promote people into leadership based on leadership potential, not on politics, seniority, or convenience.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 1, Page 43:

2. “No man is a leader until his appointment is ratified in the minds and the hearts of his men.”

Chapter 1, Page 43:

3. “To whoever much is given, much shall be requires.” – Melvin Maxwell

Chapter 1, Page 48:

4. “If you want to become a better leader, you must not only know yourself and define your values. You must also live them out.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 1, Page 52:

5. “Leaders are always taking people somewhere. They aren’t static. If there is no journey, there is no leadership.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 1, Page 54:

6.” Positional leaders focus on control instead of contribution.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 1, Page 55:

7. “Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important…They do not mean to do harm…They are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” – T.S. Eliot

Chapter 1, Page 56:

8.”The phrase “it’s lonely at the top” must have been uttered by a positional leader- either that or by someone with a personality disorder.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 1, Page 56:

9. “If you have others alongside you, it’s hard to be lonely.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 1, Page 60:

10. “People who rely on their positions and titles are the weakest of all leaders.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 1, Page 61:

11. “When the people who work with you can hardly wait to quit working with you, something is not working.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 1, Page 63:

12. “Success demands more than most people are willing to offer, but not more than they are capable of giving. The thing that often makes the difference is good leadership.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 1, Page 69:

13. “Let him that would move the world, first move himself.” – Socrates

Chapter 2, Page 85:

14. ” People go along with leaders they get along with.” – John Maxell

Chapter 2, Page 85:

15. “Relationships are a major key to success, whether you’re trying to sell, coach, teach, lead, or simply navigate the daily tasks of life.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 2, Page 87:

16. “Leadership is an opportunity to serve.” – J Donald Walters

Chapter 2, Page 88:

17. “Good relationships create energy, and they give people’s interaction a positive tone.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 2, Page 89:

18. “Above all else, good leaders are open. They go up , down, and around their organization to reach people. They don’t stick to established channels. They’re straight with people. They make a religion out of being accessible.” – Jack Welch

Chapter 2, Page 91:

19. “You see, when there is danger, a good leader takes the front line. But when there is celebration, a good leader stays in the back room. If you want the cooperation of human beings around you, make them feel that they are important. And you do that by being humble.” – Nelson Mandela

Chapter 2, Page 93:

20. “Son the vast majority of people who walk through the doors of the church feel undervalued, insecure, and lost. It’s your job to change that.” – Melvin Maxwell

Chapter 2, Page 98:

21. “If you step on people’s fingers on the way up, they may trip you on the way down.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 2, Page 100:

22. “The most essential quality for leadership is not perfection but credibility. People must be able to trust you.” – Rick Warren

Chapter 2, Page 108:

23. “I always teach the golden rule: Treat others as you want others to treat you.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 2, Page 110:

24. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are endless.” – Mother Teresa

Chapter 2, Page 115:

25. “Leaders have to make the best decisions for the largest group of people. Therefore, leaders give up the right to cater to an individual if it hurts the team or organization.” – Collin Sewell

Chapter 3, Page 133:

26. “The outstanding leaders of every age are those who set up their own quotas and constantly exceed them.” – Thomas Watson

Chapter 3, Page 135:

27. “There are two types of people in the business community: those who produce results and those who give you reasons why they didn’t.” – Peter Drucker

Chapter 3, Page 136:

28. “If the position will not reflect glory on me, I will reflect glory on the work.” – Epaminondas

Chapter 3, Page 141:

29. “Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” – Thomas Carlyle

Chapter 3, Page 143:

30. “I define morale as, faith in a leader.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 3, Page 148:

31. “His ability to get along with anyone, his prompt response to a pat on the back, his interest in watching others work, and his great knack for looking wise while saying nothing made him a natural for the position.” – Unknown (About the company that named a dog the CEO)

Chapter 3, Page 150:

32. “To do right is wonderful. To teach others to do right is even more wonderful – and much easier.” – Mark twain

Chapter 3, Page 174:

33. “It is impossible to help others without helping yourself.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 4, Page 181:

34. “Developing one person for leadership and success lays the foundation for developing others for success.” – Peter Drucker

Chapter 4, Page 186:

35. “The test of your leadership is not what happens when you are there, but what happens when you’re not there.” – Ken Blanchard

Chapter 4, Page 193:

36. “Victory is much more meaningful when it comes not just from one person, but from the joint achievement of many. The euphoria is lasting when all participants lead with their hearts, winning not just for themselves but for one another.” – Howard Schultz

Chapter 4, Page 196:

37. “When you become a leader you give up the right to think about yourself.” – Gerald Brooks

Chapter 4, Page 203:

38. “Only leaders can develop other people to become leaders.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 4, Page 206:

39. “Good character makes trust possible.Trust makes strong relationships possible. Strong relationships make mentoring possible. – John Maxwell

Chapter 4, Page 213:

40. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Chapter 4, Page 226:

41. “Few things are worse than the teacher who is unteachable.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 5, Page 234:

42. “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the convictions and the will to carry on.” – Walter Lippmann

Chapter 5, Page 239:

43. “If you’re through learning you’re through.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 5, Page 244:

44. “The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.” – Fred A. Manske Jr

Chapter 5, Page 254:

45. “The goal in life is not to live forever. The goal in life is to create something that does.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 5, Page 261:

46 “The experiences and lessons that allowed you to break through the leadership lids in your life will help others break through theirs.” – John Maxwell

Chapter 5, Page 276:

47. “If, as a leader, you listen to them, then, they’ll listen to you.” – John Wooden

Chapter 5, Page 279:

48. “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 Wooden

Chapter 5, Page 282:

49. “You always win when you make the full effort to do the best of which you’re capable.” – John Wooden

Chapter 5, Page 285:

50. “I pray thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.” – Socrates

I hope you have enjoyed the quotes I hand picked out of the 5 Levels of Leadership! Please grab a copy of the book and fight to become the leader you were meant to be.

If you would like to purchase Five Levels of Leadership you can use the link below! Thank you for your support!

Five Levels of Leadership – Amazon

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