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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 episode, John Maxwell shares seven thoughts on the impact courage has on leadership. John cites that courage is the most important of all virtues, according to Maya Angelou, because it’s required in order to exercise all other virtues consistently. During the discussion portion, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks examine instances from their own experiences when they needed to practice courage and how it has shaped their leadership today. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Courage Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Courage and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In this installment of Candid Conversations, John Maxwell and Mark Cole chat with author and speaker Simon Sinek about his new book, The Infinite Game. Simon shares what inspired him to write the book, as well as five practices that you need to continually embrace in order to play the “infinite game.” John and Simon discuss the implications of capitalism’s priority shift to putting profits before people and, alternately, the impact on business culture when capitalism is used to serve the people.   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 Infinite Game by Simon Sinek SimonSinek.com The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Earning Trust (Part 2)

Earning Trust (Part 2)

2020-01-1500:39:587

In this episode, John Maxwell concludes his lesson on earning trust––the number one responsibility of a leader. John discusses the important roles that competent leadership, empowerment of others, courage to risk in relationships, and integrity all play in gaining the trust of your team. John also digs into a common misconception that many leaders have about empowering others: Empowering others does not mean giving up control. It means giving others the ability to do more so that you can accomplish what you alone can achieve. Our BONUS resource for this series is The Earning Trust Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Trust and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell (Pre-order) The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Earning Trust (Part 1)

Earning Trust (Part 1)

2020-01-0800:29:3010

John Maxwell says that the number one responsibility of a leader is to earn trust with his or her people. Trust is an attitude that allows people to rely on, have confidence in, and feel sure about people and things. This week on The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, we’re starting a new series called “Earning Trust,” in which you’ll learn seven keys to gaining the confidence of your team. Part one covers the first two keys. John shares the importance of consistency and accurate, open communication. He begins with these two points because they establish a foundation of confidence and security.    Our BONUS resource for this series is the Earning Trust Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Trust and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
John Maxwell and Mark Cole sit down in this installment of Candid Conversations to reflect on the recent Exchange event in London. Hosted by John, Exchange is an annual, three-day, immersive event that puts attendees face-to-face with leadership experts in top industries and side-by-side with world-class thinkers. This year, Exchange took place in London. John talks about how, this year, he wanted to take the attendees to the historic home of John Wesley, a place John himself visits every time he’s in London. However, after not being granted permission to visit Wesley’s home on this trip, John used the opportunity to talk with the Exchange attendees about what leaders must do when they’re unable to provide what they know is best for their people. John retells that lesson in this episode and shares why, as leaders, it’s important to make the most of “the middle”––that place of tension between the ideal and reality.    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: Exchange 2020 Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Reaching Your Potential

Reaching Your Potential

2020-01-0100:49:019

Happy New Year, podcast listeners! We wanted to start the year off right by encouraging you to pursue the changes and goals you’ve set! This year has so much potential for you and your organization, whether you know it or not. So, in this episode, we’re talking about how to reach your potential by avoiding the pitfalls that often come with achieving big things. John Maxwell shares four key reasons people don’t reach their full potential. In light of John’s lesson, Mark Cole references our episode with Marcus Buckingham and reminds us of a misunderstanding that many people possess about potential. The truth is: Potential is not something that some people have and others don’t. There’s no such thing as high and low potential. Instead, every individual has their own unique path to growth. So, as we talk about potential, we’re really talking about your own unique path to growth. Keep that in mind as you listen to this episode. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Reaching Your Potential Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Potential and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Talent Is Never Enough by John C. Maxwell Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn by John C. Maxwell No Limits by John C. Maxwell Live in Atlanta with Marcus Buckingham The John Maxwell Online Store
The Leader's Greatest Return

The Leader's Greatest Return

2019-12-2500:46:483

Merry Christmas, podcast listeners! As we’re releasing this, we know you’re probably sitting around the Christmas tree unwrapping gifts with friends and family. So, we wanted to give you a gift as well! Are you ready for this? On January 28th, John Maxwell will release his new book, The Leader’s Greatest Return. But, today on the podcast, we’re giving you the entire first chapter from the audio book, read by the man himself! As our podcast listener, you get to be the first to hear John read from his new book! Sit back, grab some hot chocolate, and enjoy chapter one of John’s new book, The Leader’s Greatest Return! Be sure to preorder your copy of The Leader’s Greatest Return by visiting JohnMaxwell.com/GreatestReturn. You will not be disappointed! References: The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell (preorder) The John Maxwell Online Store
In this Candid Conversation, John Maxwell and Mark Cole dive into the importance of preparing for important meetings and moments, especially when they’re with people who are, as John says, “bigger, better, and faster” than you. John calls this preparation “the meeting before the meeting.” If you and your team want to walk away from meetings with confidence in each other, a clear vision, and the biggest return on your investment possible, this episode will equip you for your next meeting. John shares five strategies to implement in your meeting before the meeting, and he reminds us that the best meetings are paired with preparation on the front end and reflection on the back end. 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 Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Exchange 2020 The John Maxwell Online Store
Your Year in Review

Your Year in Review

2019-12-1800:34:1711

We’ve got something very special for you this week! As many of you know, John Maxwell sets aside the last week of every year to reflect on the previous 365 days. He calls this his “Year in Review.” This annual exercise provides John the clarity to identify what he did well this past year and what he needs to improve in the year to come. John has talked about his week of reflection in previous episodes, but we’ve never shared an episode in which John tells you, step-by-step, his process for this exercise. Until now. This week, John walks you through his process for his Year in Review, so you can set aside time for yourself and apply this proven practice to your life. John has made some of his biggest life and business decisions during this week. So, we wanted to add value to you by giving you this powerful process. It’s changed John’s life, it’s changed the lives of our team members, and we believe it’ll change your life too. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Year in Review Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Review and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Maximum Impact Mentoring with John C. Maxwell Leadership Gold by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell Today Matters by John C. Maxwell
In this very special episode of The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, we’re joined by two of John’s good friends: Kyle Carpenter, the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, and Don Yaeger, journalist and New York Times best-selling author. Kyle and Don have recently written the book You Are Worth It: Building a Life Worth Fighting For, which was released in October and tells the incredible story of Kyle’s recovery from a grenade blast in Afghanistan. Kyle shares his story with us, along with his wisdom on what it takes to live a fulfilling life, while John Maxwell shares how Kyle’s story has impacted him so deeply. Our BONUS resource for this episode is a collection of notes from this conversation. You can download the notes by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/WorthIt and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: You Are Worth It: Building a Life Worth Fighting For by Kyle Carpenter and Don Yaeger Today Matters by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell
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
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Albert Añasco

aside from books. This helps a lot.

Jan 21st
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Denzel Musembwa

Awesome series👏 I recently asked my team to help me identify my blind spots, and I was blown away, to say the least. But now, I'm confident that what they shared will help me become a better leader💪

Jan 20th
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Robert English

An amazing story. Worth listening to over and over again.

Dec 25th
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Christopher Argote

great listen

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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

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Jermaine Isiah Connelly

such rich content!!

Oct 9th
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Cortlin Rogers

great podcast

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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!!!

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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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