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Founder, InJoy Stewardship Services & EQUIP, Atlanta, GA, an organization dedicated to helping people maximize their personal and leadership potential; has trained 2+ million leaders worldwide.
Best-selling author, 13+ million books, latest, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership(Thomas Nelson 2007).
Fmr Sr Pastor of several churches in IL, OH, IN, & CA
Named one of Amazon.com’s top 25 authors and artists in its 10th Anniversary Hall of FameM.A., Divinity, Azusa Pacific University; PhD, Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (Thomas Nelson 2007)
CBN.com " The principles of leadership never change," says John Maxwell. They stand the test of time.
“It’s still true that leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do,” he says.
Cultures differ from place to place. Technology marches forward. Times change. But the principles of leadership are constant – whether in ancient Greece, in ancient Israel, the modern world, internationally, or in local churches.
Since 21 Laws was released 10 years ago it has become a perennial best-seller helping many people. But John says that within that time we all change, learn, and grow. After the release of 21 Laws and its appearance on four best-seller lists, John has spoken in dozens of countries and fielded thousands of questions about them.
Two of the Laws, actually being subsets of other Laws, were merged in this revision. He’s also added two more Laws which soon became obvious as he taught in developing countries.
“I found that in many of those places, leadership was focused on position, privilege, and power,” he says.
In his paradigm, John took for granted that leadership primarily was a form of service and had never identified a law to teach that principle. The second oversight had to do with modeling leadership and impacting the culture of an organization. The two new Laws are: The Law of Addition: Leaders Add Value by Serving Others, and The Law of the Picture: People Do What People See. Serving others and showing others the way are two critical components of successful leadership.
Leadership can be acquired and learned. Good leaders need to know more than one thing about leadership, but no one does all 21 laws well.
To compensate for that, develop a leadership team. Four ideas to keep in mind are:
Among the Laws John develops and teaches are:
Everyone is intuitive. Not all people are intuitive in the area of leadership, but every person possesses intuition. Why does John say that? Because people are intuitive in their area of strength.
For instance, John and his wife Margaret have different strengths – his is communication, hers is artistic. When Margaret asked him how she could prepare for a speaking engagement, John’s answer frustrated her because he responded based on how he would approach it. But Margaret’s keen artistic and creative sense allows her to beautifully decorate their homes and even pick out John’s clothes. If not for her help, John would not have the look he needs in a high profile profession.
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