John C. Maxwell
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"John Calvin Maxwell" is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many 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 millions of copies, with some on the New York Times Best Seller List.

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As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behaviour. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behaviour. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This never works.

Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do.

Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.

Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.

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

Good executives never put off until tomorrow what they can get someone else to do today.

The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.

Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

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.

Leadership is influence.

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.

Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.

Leadership is more ? if not much more ? influence, rather than position.

Most people who want to get ahead do it backward. They think, 'I'll get a bigger job, then I'll learn how to be a leader.' But showing leadership skill is how you get the bigger job in the first place. Leadership isn't a position, it's a process.

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

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.

The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.

Three reasons problems are inevitable; first, we live in a world of growing complexity and diversity; second, we interact with people; and third, we cannot control all the situation we face.