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The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast is a regular examination of what it means to be a transformational leader—someone who daily influences people to think, speak, and act to make a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others. This podcast will teach you the principles, practices, and process of becoming a transformational leader because leadership isn’t an event—it’s an uphill journey. Every week we will offer a free tool to help you on this journey, so let leadership authority Dr. John C. Maxwell show you the way.
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In this Candid Conversation, John Maxwell and Mark Cole reflect on the impact Richard Chancy had on their lives and leadership. Mark shares several words that Richard embodied, while John Maxwell gives short lessons on each word and how Richard truly exemplified the leadership qualities that John, Mark, and Richard have taught in the podcast. As a reminder, if you would like to share how Richard’s role on the podcast has affected your life and leadership, please go to MaxwellPodcast.com/Richard, and leave a comment. For more episodes of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, visit MaxwellPodcast.com/episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe so that you can receive updates on new episodes and direct links to the free bonus resources we offer for every regularly scheduled episode. References: Today Matters by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In this week’s episode, John Maxwell continues his lesson on how to gain the influence of those you lead. He points out that as you climb to higher levels in your influence, you don’t leave behind the previous levels, but instead, you build off of them. John also talks about the importance of consistent growth as a leader. In his words, “When you stop growing, your people stop going.” Consistency gives your team a reason to trust you and depend on your guidance. Mark Cole and Jason Brooks pick up the discussion portion of this episode with an insightful conversation about how leaders can sense, seize, and implement the value they see in others and those they lead to harness and exercise those qualities within them. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Moral Authority Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Listen and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Maximum Impact Mentorship The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell Developing The Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Do people listen to you because they have to? Or do they listen because they want to? Much of the time, the answer to this question is a reflection of your level of influence. In this new series on what John Maxwell calls “moral authority,” John dives into five levels of influence that determine if and why those you lead are willing to listen to your guidance and leadership. This series will show you how to gain influence with your team based on the person you are, not the position you hold. Your hosts Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss what this looks like within the John Maxwell Enterprise, while Mark reflects on how these principles gained him the influence to become John Maxwell’s CEO. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Moral Authority Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Listen and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Maximum Impact Mentorship The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In this Candid Conversation with John C. Maxwell and Mark Cole, John shares five principles for how to lead when you’re in over your head. These are principles John has gleaned throughout his career as he has taken on challenges necessary to accomplish a vision bigger than himself. John points out: “The principles of survival are not the same as the principles of success.” Too often, leaders resort to the former in times of stress, and they allow obstacles and situations to stall progress and growth. Listen to this episode to learn what great leaders do when they’re in over their heads. For more episodes of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, visit MaxwellPodcast.com/episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe so that you can receive updates on new episodes and direct links to the free bonus resources we offer for every regularly scheduled episode. References: The Mentor’s Guide to Everyday Challenges audio series by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In part two of our series on motivation, John Maxwell shares his final maxims for motivating your team and organization. John discusses key ideas like, “What gets rewarded gets done,” and he teaches you how to create an environment that is conducive to motivation. Mark Cole and Richard Chancy share what they’ve learned from their leadership experiences. You’ll also hear a refreshing, new perspective on why failure should not thwart motivation, despite the discouragement that so often accompanies mistakes and missteps. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Maxims for Motivation Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Motivate and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The John Maxwell Team The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell The Mentor’s Guide to Building a Championship Team audio series by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
What’s the difference between a leader and a manager? Well, there are quite a few. But one attribute that makes leaders stand out from managers is a leader's ability to motivate their team without using position. In this new series, John shares ten maxims for motivating the people you lead to accomplish the vision and goals of your organization. John has gathered these maxims from what he has experienced motivates others and motivates himself. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Maxims for Motivation Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Motivate and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell The Mentor’s Guide to Building a Championship Team Audio Series by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
John Maxwell says that one of a leader’s greatest assets is the perspective of others. That’s why he incorporates what he calls “Learning Lunches” in his schedule regularly. Learning lunches are a time for John to learn from those with different backgrounds and experiences by asking them seven key questions, which John shares in this episode. John and Mark Cole then share a recent Learning Lunch story in which a new friend tells John how he was able to turn a $100 million setback into the most significant setup for success in his organization’s history. This is not an episode you want to miss. For more episodes of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, visit MaxwellPodcast.com/episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe so that you can receive updates on new episodes and direct links to the free bonus resources we offer for every regularly scheduled episode. References: Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Mark Cole said it himself – this is one of our best episodes yet! We’re making John Maxwell Leadership Podcast history this week for two reasons: 1) We recorded this episode in front of a live audience, and 2) John Maxwell and Mark Cole sat down to discuss leadership with Marcus Buckingham! If you’re not familiar with Marcus Buckingham, he is the author of two of the best-selling business books of all time, has two Harvard Business Review’s most circulated, industry-changing cover articles, and has been the subject of an in-depth profile in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, The Today Show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. But most of you may know him from his work with Gallup’s StrengthsFinder tool, which has impacted and equipped countless lives and leaders around the world. In this episode, John and Marcus discuss their definitions of strengths and weaknesses, bust common leadership myths, and Marcus discusses his new book Nine Lies About Work. We say this all the time… “You don’t want to miss this episode.” But, listeners, you really don’t want to miss this episode. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the fill-in-the-blank notes from this conversation. You can download these notes by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Strength and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References:  Nine Lies About Work by Marcus Buckingham MarcusBuckingham.com FreeThinkingLeader.org How Successful People Think Online Course iLead Youth Curriculum by John C. Maxwell
In this episode on attitude, John encourages us to overcome five common challenges of maintaining a positive attitude. These challenges are discouragement, problems, change, fear, and failure. John addresses each potential threat to a positive attitude and offers sage advice on how to overcome it. Mark Cole, Richard Chancy, and Jason Brooks talk through their personal challenges with maintaining a winning attitude, and they offer various ways to reframe our perspective in a positive way. They talk about the fact that the “Success Cycle” John is fond of teaching includes failure, and they discuss the role failure can have in success. They encourage us to lean into the tension we feel around failure and see it as a part of the growth process rather than allow it to dampen our attitude. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Attitude Worksheet. You can access the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Attitude and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”        References: The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg The John Maxwell Online Store 
In this Candid Conversation, John Maxwell shares the insights he’s gleaned from his friends at Movement Mortgage––a company that has learned how to separate themselves from their competition by solving a common problem within their industry. John shares his insights in five key points, which, if implemented into your leadership will help you rise above your competition and allow your organization or team to make an even greater impact in your industry and, ultimately, your community. For more episodes of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, visit MaxwellPodcast.com/episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe so that you can receive updates on new episodes and direct links to the free bonus resources we offer for every regularly scheduled episode. References: No Limits by John C. Maxwell Put Your Dream to the Test by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In episode two of this three-part series on attitude, John Maxwell dives right into specific steps we can take to develop a winning attitude. He’s quick to remind us that choosing to make your attitude your greatest asset is the starting point. You’ll want to share this helpful, practical lesson!   Mark Cole, Richard Chancy, and Jason Brooks help us with the application of this lesson as they share the issues they’ve had to wrestle as they work to consistently live out positive attitudes. Mark closes the lesson with a seven-day challenge to take ownership of your attitude. Bad traffic happens, relationships can be challenging, and work can be demanding, but you choose your attitude.     Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Attitude Worksheet. You can access the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Attitude and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”            References:  Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store 
This episode kicks off a three-part series on attitude. John starts us off by clearly reminding us that attitude is NOT everything, but it IS the difference maker. John shares a list of what attitude cannot substitute for, as well as a list of what attitude can do for us. He encourages us to make attitude our greatest asset.   Mark Cole, Richard Chancy, and Jason Brooks offer perspective on what choosing and maintaining a positive attitude looks like for different personality types. Introverts and extroverts have different challenges with keeping a positive attitude, but two things ring true for all types and help develop a positive attitude over the long haul: the need for positive self-talk and a commitment to embracing resistance.   Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Attitude Worksheet. You can access the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Attitude and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”       References:    The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell  Winning with People by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store 
Why the Best Are the Best

Why the Best Are the Best

2019-10-0900:48:0415

John Maxwell says, “Leadership determines the success of the team,” and in this episode, he dissects what makes the best leaders the best. He offers two main ideas: The best leaders give their best to their people, and the best leaders are able to get the best from their people. You’re going to want to download the notes and follow along as John dives deep into these two characteristics of the best leaders.    Mark Cole and Richard Chancy direct our attention to the application side of John’s lesson. There’s a lot of great information to consume, but the goal is to slow down so we can do something with what we’re learning. Mark encourages us to choose one idea to pursue and focus on living it out over the next week.    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Why the Best Are the Best Worksheet. You can access the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Best and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”          References: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store  
You will feel like you are sitting around the table as you listen to this Candid Conversation between John Maxwell and a group of men whom he has spent the last several days with. Each person shares the mentoring lessons they have learned from John and what their key takeaways are. John encourages us to have eyes to see the mentoring opportunities all around us. We all have occasion to learn from one another, and we all have opportunity to help others. John shares how he looks for teaching and touching moments where he can be intentional to add value to others, as well as his desire to listen well and learn from the people around him. To maximize our growth we need to be learning from others, as well as pouring into people. For more episodes of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, visit MaxwellPodcast.com/episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can receive updates on new episodes and direct links to the free bonus resources we offer for every regularly scheduled episode.    References:   Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell  The 15 Laws of Growth Online Course The John Maxwell Online Store 
Focused Thinking (Part 2)

Focused Thinking (Part 2)

2019-10-0200:32:589

In part two of this series on focused thinking, John Maxwell helps us narrow down our focus as he shares what we need to focus on. We get the greatest return on investment when we focus on our strengths, our key people, and our team’s development. John concludes by providing a Rule of Five for developing your own team. Jason Brooks and Mark Cole discuss what it looks like to live out this lesson, and Mark encourages us to get very clear on what we’re good at. Jason defines teachability as a combination of hungry, humble, and hustle. Mark challenges us to rate ourselves on each of those attributes and allow that to help us see where we need to focus.  Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Focused Thinking Worksheet. You can access the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Focus and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”      References:   Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store  The Podcast Survey
In this Candid Conversation John shares his reflections about a recent encounter he had with Nik Wallenda of the famous Flying Wallendas who have performed audacious feats such as tight rope walking over Niagara Falls.  When asked by John how he overcomes fear, Nik shared that he respects the danger and believes preparation is the greatest way to handle fear. He also acknowledges that fear is not something that will ever be eliminated but that a proper perspective allows you to focus on the positive. John points out that action minimizes fear! John and Mark also take a few minutes to share about their time in Texas and what it looked like for John to maximize his time with a key team member by being present and intentional. For more episodes of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, visit MaxwellPodcast.com/episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can receive updates on new episodes and direct links to the free bonus resources we offer for every regularly scheduled episode.   *Disclaimer: This episode contains a brief story containing content that some listeners may find upsetting. To skip over this story, please stop at 19:33 and continue at 21:54. References:  Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Company Executive Leadership Podcast The John Maxwell Online Store
Focused Thinking (Part 1)

Focused Thinking (Part 1)

2019-09-2500:41:066

As a high-energy, high-capacity leader, John Maxwell has a natural bias for action and has to be intentional to develop his focused thinking skills. He committed to put in the effort, and since then his effective practice of focused thinking has had a global impact. In this episode, John shares some of what he has learned to help us maximize our focused thinking skills. The starting point, he says, is to verbalize and visualize what it is that we’re going to focus on. He goes on to provide a process for thinking through any idea.  Mark Cole and Jason Brooks share how they’re applying what John teaches, and they address some of the common challenges to consistently being a focused thinker. Mark encourages us to be intentional in scheduling both proactive and reactive thinking time. The episode ends with a challenge to take an hour to practice focused thinking before coming back next week for part two of this series.  Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Focused Thinking Worksheet. You can access the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Focus and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”     References:  The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast Survey Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In part two of this series, John Maxwell continues to teach on characteristics to look for that make up a potential leader. He talks about the importance of two necessary attributes of a high capacity leader: a positive attitude and teachability. Building on John’s principle of a teachable spirit as the key to growing as a leader, Mark Cole and Richard Chancy talk about how teachability can look different in various personalities. They provide practical advice on how to be teachable and convert that into measurable growth in your daily life as a leader. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Makeup That Makes Up a Leader Worksheet. You can access the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Makeup and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”      We also have a discount for you this week in exchange for helping us stay teachable! When you pop into the quick survey linked below in the references, you’ll get $20 off your purchase of one of John’s popular Mentor’s Guide Audio Series. You’ll automatically get your discount at the end of the 3-minute survey!  References:  The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast Survey  The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
This Candid Conversation features John Maxwell and Mark Cole providing a rundown of their incredible 17-day, six-country trip. They spent 96 hours traveling to Myanmar, Ghana, Oman, Iran, and Vietnam to add value to leaders who are multiplying value to others. John shares five key takeaways: 1) His books preceded him. 2) Everywhere he went people wanted iLead (the values-based, leadership curriculum for students). 3) Mark Cole has developed into an excellent communicator. 4) John Maxwell team coaches are all over the world and eager to make a difference. 5) We are seeing transformation happen in real time.   It’s an exciting time to be a part of the tribe, and we’re so glad you’re on the journey with us. You’ll want to take time to listen as John shares inspiring stories of transformation from all around the world!  For more episodes of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, visit MaxwellPodcast.com/episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe, so you can receive updates on new episodes and direct links to the free bonus resources we offer for every regularly scheduled episode.    References:   Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell   The John Maxwell Online Store  JMLF.org/ilead
John Maxwell teaches that the greatest responsibility of a leader is to raise up more leaders, and this episode is dedicated to helping you do that by showing you how to spot potential leaders. What makes up a good leader? John shares three key characteristics to evaluate a person’s leadership capacity: character, desire, and discipline. He breaks down each characteristic to make them readily identifiable.  Mark Cole and Richard Chancy zoom out and share helpful ways to look for these characteristics in the hiring process. Then Mark zooms in, turns the spotlight on the listener, and encourages us to live out discipline on a daily basis. He shares that every major good decision costs more than expected and takes longer than hoped for, but is worth it. Let the guidance in this episode help you keep growing as a leader while you’re intentional to raise up new leaders.  Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Makeup That Makes Up a Leader Worksheet. You can access the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Makeup and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”    We also have a survey for our podcast listeners because we want to know how to serve you better. Please take the survey linked below in the references, and we’ll even give you $20 off your purchase of one of John’s Mentor’s Guide Audio Series. Just finish the 3-minute survey to get the discount! References: The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast Survey The Possibility Thinking Series Put Your Dream to the Test by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell
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Christopher Argote

great listen

Nov 20th
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Brandy Dalton

super helpful and lots of insight!thanks so much!

Nov 15th
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oleks galka

Your work on leadership has changed the way I lead my life and others. Adding value to others empowered others and myself. it an amazing journey to be on

Nov 3rd
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oleks galka

love the podcast learnt valuable lessons.

Nov 3rd
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Remington Clayton

good podcast

Oct 10th
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Jermaine Isiah Connelly

such rich content!!

Oct 9th
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Cortlin Rogers

great podcast

Oct 2nd
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Javan Vargas

good podcast

Sep 30th
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Jaime Morales

Thank you for the great value. I appreciate this podcast for so many reasons.

Sep 12th
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Chrisjonpane Lazaga

Thank you ❤️ God Bless!

Aug 28th
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j alexander

This is probably the rawest I've heard of Dr. Maxwell. Awesome!

Aug 23rd
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Valerie Huffman Moring

This was great! We need this values/leadership curriculum in the US Public system that’s working in these other countries!!!

Jul 22nd
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Laura Lee

I just started listening to your podcast. I am so Happy that I found this podcast. Today I realized you guys keep posting podcast that deal with exactly what I've been dealing with. Building Relationships and Price Tag of Leadership. I'm always trying to improve myself as a leader because I know I am not the perfect leader. I do have a question... How do you take criticism from someone that pushes all their work, meeting and anything else that requires them to stay late at work?

Jun 5th
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Richard Klavins

So good to listen wise leader. My Manager is more like dictator he dosnt listen other team member opinions. Any advise form my Manager? Thank you in advance.

May 16th
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Özgür Yüksel

Awesome leaders speaking up about leadership from their different backgrounds and philosophies. Awesome listen!

Apr 20th
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Adebanjo Segun

honestly after listening to this podcast I just realised I've been goal conscious for a long time. Now's the time to start being growth conscious

Apr 19th
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Tee Mira

Wow I am so inspired

Mar 21st
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Ana Stubbs

Learn, Earn, and Return. Words I live by.

Mar 12th
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Patrick Ademola Oduguwa

I am in my 50s and I wish I had the opportunity to listen or read about this information in my 20s. Well thank God for the opportunity I have now. I am truly bless by listening to this podcast. Thanks JM

Mar 12th
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Meagan Beavers

"Excuses just give us reason to be less of a person than we were meant to be". ❤❤❤❤❤❤. A beautiful 20 minute podcast with two of my mentors.

Feb 5th
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