Updated: Apr 21, 2020
John C. Maxwell has trained leaders in every country in the world, and has been a Pastor for over 25 years. Some of his most popular books are titled:
The 17 Laws of Teamwork
21 Laws of Leadership
Here is our outline of his conversation with Ed Mylett. As John Maxwell mentions during the Podcast - these principles, much like anything else you learn, need to be applied and communicated, otherwise they are useless.
He strongly recommends reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
"The greatest detriment of tomorrow's success, is today's success"
"The more valid reasons that you have to accomplish a dream, the higher the odds are that you will."
"The greatest leadership book ever written was the Bible."
LEADERSHIP IS INFLUENCE
How do I increase my influence?
To increase your influence, you have to intentionally add value to people
If you want to be highly successful, you need to be in the top 5% of people. You can only get into the top 5% if you are operating within your sweet spot - mastering your craft and accelerating at what you truly enjoy doing.
YOU IDENTIFY YOUR SWEET SPOT THROUGH TRIAL AND ERROR.
WHAT ARE THE AREAS THAT PEOPLE NEED EXCEL IN TO BE SUCCESSFUL
Overcoming Adversity / Willpower
Leadership / Influence
When you counsel people, you work on their weaknesses. When you equip people, you work on their strengths.
It's important to ask a lot of questions, but it's even more important to LISTEN.
Principles need to be applied and communicated, otherwise they are useless.
Life is like following your car lights - you don't know what's around the corner, unless you go around the corner.
A lot of leaders fall short because they are afraid to act on what they know now, which prevents them from gaining future knowledge
Look for people that make things happen. If you can make things happen for yourself, you now have the credibility to make things happen for others.
When people need help, they think "who is better than me who I can follow?"
THE LAW OF THE CATALYST
However, it's important to remember that before you take on the responsibility of leading someone else, you must first place priority on leading yourself (get yourself right).
Leaders take something complicated, and make it simple.
Anytime you have to explain what you said, you didn't say it right the first time.
Everything worthwhile is uphill - this goes hand-in-hand with building bad / downhill habits.
"Fast is faster, and forward is shorter."
"Yesterday's thinking won't win today's game."
"People don't like change."
"If you are comfortable today with what you were comfortable with yesterday, you are already in trouble."
10 Valid Reasons to Achieve a Dream
Is your dream really your dream?
Think about the difference between PLEASING PEOPLE and CHALLENGING PEOPLE.
"When you help people, they aren't always happy. My job is to help you, not satisfy you."
Find your strengths, and become very intentional. YOU HAVE TO LIVE AN INTENTIONAL LIFE.
MOST PEOPLE DON'T LIVE THEIR LIFE, THEY ACCEPT THEIR LIFE.
NOBODY EVER WENT UPHILL BY ACCIDENT.
"Problems, issues, and obstacles will never leave you. You're not supposed to have it made, you're supposed to add value to people."
"One beautiful thing about going uphill, is that the scenery is really good."
GO FROM GOOD INTENTIONS, TO GOOD ACTIONS.