"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 C. Maxwell
John C. Maxwell (born 1947) is an evangelical Christian author, speaker, and pastor who has written more than 50 books, primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. His books have sold more than thirteen million copies, with several on the New York Times Best Seller List and translations in over fifty languages. In 2003, he was honored by the State of Indiana for his lifelong mission in helping individuals develop as leaders, for his prolific authorship, and for the founding of EQUIP. Filed House Resolution 0045
"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.""A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.""Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.""Good executives never put off until tomorrow what they can get someone else to do today.""If you're lying, you're lying.""Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.""Leadership is influence.""Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.""People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.""Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do.""Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.""The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.""We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it's a continuing choice."
John C. Maxwell was born in Garden City, Michigan in 1947. Maxwell followed his father into the ministry, completing a Bachelor's degree at Ohio Christian University in 1969, a Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Maxwell credits his leadership instincts and his early leadership training to his father. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife, Margaret.
On March 12, 2009, Maxwell was arrested at Palm Beach International Airport for trying to board a plane with a concealed weapon. According to the report, the TSA screener noticed a handgun displayed inside Maxwell's briefcase. Maxwell told TSA officials that the gun was recently given to him as a gift and that he had simply forgotten to take it out of the briefcase. He was charged with possession of a concealed weapon while attempting to board an airplane and was released from jail on bond. The charges were eventually dropped and his record was cleared. Maxwell addressed the incident on his personal website , calling it "one of the stupidest things" he has ever done.
For over thirty years, Maxwell has led churches in Indiana, Ohio, California, and Florida. After serving as senior pastor for 14 years, in 1995, he left Skyline Church, near San Diego, to devote himself full-time to speaking and writing. However, in 2004, he returned to ministry at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where he is currently a teaching pastor. On November 16, 2008, Maxwell began serving as a guest pastor at the world-famous Crystal Cathedral, in Orange County, California. Maxwell's mentor, Robert H. Schuller, has had a variety of noted evangelical pastors preach at his megachurch since his son, Robert A. Schuller, resigned as senior pastor in 2008. Maxwell has returned to preach at the Crystal Cathedral several times, and his messages are broadcast worldwide on the Hour of Power television program, seen by an estimated 20 million viewers.
Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 13 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of INJOY, Maximum Impact, ISS and EQUIP, an international leadership development organization working to help leaders. EQUIP is involved with leaders from more than 80 nations. Its mission is “to see effective Christian leaders fulfill the Great Commission in every nation.”
Every year Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Football League. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell was one of 25 authors and artists named to Amazon.com's 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. Three of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold over a million copies.
Maxwell serves on the Board of Trustees at Indiana Wesleyan University and has a building named after him there, the Maxwell Center for Business and Leadership.