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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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This week we’re starting a new two-part series on The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast! In this series John talks about what he calls the leader’s greatest gift––passionate commitment. He discusses the individual importance of passion and commitment, then describes the potential for transformation when these two leadership characteristics are combined. In the application portion of part one, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow discuss maintaining passion during tough times, what happens when you allow your passion to rest on someone else’s commitment, and how the two characteristics depend on each other in leadership. Our BONUS resource for this series is The Leader’s Greatest Gift Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/GreatestGift and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Podcast family, we have something very special for you on the podcast this week! We are joined by our good friend Patrick Lencioni, founder of The Table Group and author of the upcoming book The Six Types of Working Genius. In this episode, Pat talks about the new assessment that his team has created, titled after the upcoming book. John took this assessment, and Patrick walks through John’s results and shows how valuable this insight is to any leader who takes the assessment. Patrick’s team is generously offering this assessment for 50% off for our podcast listeners. Be sure to listen and learn how you can take this valuable assessment! Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Working Genius Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John and Patrick’s conversation. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/WorkingGenius and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Take The Six Types of Working Genius Assessment The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In this week’s episode, John Maxwell shares the three dimensions of expectation: expectations that we have of ourselves, that we have of others, and that others have of us. More often than not, you won’t get what you don’t expect. That’s why leaders need to set high and realistic expectations for themselves and others. For the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss the expectations they set for themselves and the importance of exceeding––not just meeting––the expectations others place on them. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Three Dimensions of Expectation Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Expect and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World 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
If you attended out first-ever virtual Live2Lead on October 9th, you probably walked away feeling like you just drank from a fire hydrant! Each speaker offered an impactful teaching that added value to tens of thousands of leaders that day. A couple of those messages came from John Maxwell himself, but John doesn’t just attend Live2Lead to teach. He attends to learn just like you, and he gleaned some helpful takeaways from each of our wonderful speakers. So, today we’re bringing you a bonus episode in which John Maxwell shares his greatest takeaways from Live2Lead 2020. 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: Elevate Your Communication with Steve Harvey and John Maxwell Change Your World by John C. Maxwell Live2Lead.com Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
This week on the podcast, we have something very special for you! We are joined by Andy Stanley to talk about his new book Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets and to ask him and John Maxwell about how we can make better decisions in our own lives. You’ll learn how to see beyond your own perspective, discern wise decisions from unwise decisions, and get a sneak peek into Andy’s new book! ­­­ This is an episode you definitely don’t want to miss! Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Better Decisions Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John and Andy’s conversation. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/BetterDecisions and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets with Andy Stanley Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell Change Your World by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Inside Out Leadership

Inside Out Leadership

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When you’re better and bigger on the inside, you will become greater on the outside. That’s what this lesson is all about. John Maxwell teaches how the inside influences the outside, and what the life of an inside-out leader looks like. In the application portion of the episode Mark Cole and Jason Brooks define what John means by “inside” and “outside,” what makes inside out leadership so powerful, and how they’re applying John’s principles in the John Maxwell Enterprise. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Inside Out Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/InsideOut and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You Online Course Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell Winning With People by John C. Maxwell Change Your World by John C. Maxwell The Blind Spot Podcast Series
In part two of our Tests of Timing series, John Maxwell shares the role that mentors and past victories play in helping you make timing decisions. He also shares that well timed decisions require courage, emotional stamina, passion, and ownership. In the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks share what they are learning from their mentors right now, the strategies they’re using to generate momentum, and how they discern courageous decisions from reckless decisions. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Test of Timing Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Timing and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell Put Your Dream to the Test by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Tests of Timing (Part 1)

Tests of Timing (Part 1)

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Knowing when to lead is just as important as knowing what to do and where to go. That’s why we’re beginning a new series on the Tests of Timing. John Maxwell explains that, when it comes to making good timing decisions, environment is everything. So, throughout this two-part series, he walks us through a step-by-step guide complete with key questions at every step to help you test whether the environment is right for the decision you need to make.   During the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss how they’ve implemented these tests in the John Maxwell Enterprise and how the courage to make big decisions comes from giving yourself permission to fail. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Tests of Timing Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Timing and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell Put Your Dream to the Test by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Today we’re releasing another Best of John Maxwell at Live2Lead! This talk is from last year when John was preparing to release his latest book, The Leader’s Greatest Return. This is one of our favorite messages from John, and we’re confident you’ll learn so much as you listen! Don’t forget, this year’s Live2Lead is on October 9, 2020, and for the first time we’re going virtual! We have an amazing speaker lineup that we’re stoked to share with you. Get your tickets and learn all about Live2Lead 2020 at JohnMaxwell.com/Virtual! Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Leader’s Greatest Return Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Greatest and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: JohnMaxwell.com/Virtual The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Podcast family! We are so excited to bring you the hardest working man in entertainment together with the hardest working man in motivation––Steve Harvey and John Maxwell. Steve is a man who needs no introduction and we are beyond excited to have him as a speaker at Live2Lead 2020! In fact, he and John sat down to record this episode and talk about a new digital product they’ve created together, Elevate Your Communication! This new digital course will be available for sale at Live2Lead, so if you haven’t yet grabbed your ticket, go to JohnMaxwell.com/Virtual and make sure you join us on October 9th! Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Elevate Your Communication Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John and Steve’s talk. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Elevate and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: JohnMaxwell.com/Virtual VaultEmpowers.com Jump by Steve Harvey Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
As we’ve mentioned in the past few episodes, on October 9th Live2Lead is going virtual! Recently, we’ve been sharing some great conversations from John and content from our speaker line-up for this year’s event. But, we also wanted to add something else to the mix to help you on your leadership journey. We wanted to offer you some of John’s best of Live2Lead lessons here on the podcast, so you can get a taste of what you’re in for this year! Today we’re releasing “The Best of Live2Lead: How to Leadershift Successfully!” This is from one of John’s sessions from our 2018 event in which John talks about the book he was preparing to release at the time, Leadershift! We’ll be releasing another Best of Live2Lead episode a couple Fridays from now as well. But in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this episode about what it takes to make successful leadership adjustments. And, be sure to get your tickets to Live2Lead 2020 at JohnMaxwell.com/Virtual. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the How to Leadershift Successfully Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/HowToLeadershift and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: JohnMaxwell.com/Virtual Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Hey Podcast listeners! As you know, we’re setting aside a few episodes over the next few weeks to highlight some of the incredible speakers who will join us for Live2Lead 2020. Today, we’re excited to share a talk from Alan Mulally, former CEO of Boeing and the Ford Motor Company. Alan’s leadership helped Ford beat bankruptcy and become the only Big Three car company that didn’t take a federal bailout in the early 2000s. We’ve pulled this talk from 2015 when Alan joined us for our event Exchange to share his journey with Ford and the leadership lessons he learned along the way. Be sure to get your ticket and hear Alan Mulally live on October 9th for Live2Lead 2020 at JohnMaxwell.com/Virtual. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Driving Ford Through Crisis Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from Alan’s talk. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Ford and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: JohnMaxwell.com/Virtual Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
On January 26, 2021, John C. Maxwell will release his next book Change Your World! John himself says that this is the book he was created to write! So, we are very excited to give you a behind the scenes look into why John wrote the book in this one-on-one conversation between Mark Cole and John Maxwell. Change Your World aims to show people how to be a positive change agent in the lives of others. Here are the facts: our world is in trouble, there is an answer, and you are a part of that answer. Join us in this episode to hear John’s inspiration behind the book, AND be sure to join us virtually on October 9th for Live2Lead 2020, where you will learn how be a positive change agent in your world. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Change Your World Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Live2Lead and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: JohnMaxwell.com/Virtual Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Calling and Purpose

Calling and Purpose

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Yes, today is Tuesday. And, yes, we are releasing this podcast episode a day early. So, please rest assured that Tuesday did not somehow pass you by without your knowledge, and that you are, indeed, NOT going crazy! We wanted to release this episode early because we just couldn’t wait another 24 hours to share the news… We’re excited to announce that, this year, you can attend Live2Lead virtually! If you haven’t heard, Live2Lead is our live annual leadership conference, and once again we have quite the lineup of speakers. So, in this episode, Mark Cole and John Maxwell have a timeless conversation about what it means to have a calling and purpose, and they share all the details you need to buy your tickets to Live2Lead 2020! Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Calling and Purpose Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Live2Lead and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: JohnMaxwell.com/Virtual Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
You Can Lead Now!

You Can Lead Now!

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We say often on the podcast that there is a leadership deficit in our country and in the world. That means there is a huge need for leaders to step up and make change. But so many leaders talk themselves out of leading because they feel they don’t have enough influence or opportunities. In this episode, John encourages everyone that you can lead right now by starting wherever you are, using what you have, and doing what you can. He talks about influence and opportunities, and how to gain more of each. Join Mark Cole and Traci Morrow in the application portion of the episode as they share their own stories of stepping into leadership and discuss the great things that happen when you lean into the leadership needs around you. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Lead Now Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Now and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The 360° Leader by John C. Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie The John Maxwell Online Store
In the second part of our series “Halftime Adjustments,” John Maxwell shares two more adjustments that leaders need to make to effectively lead in the second half of this year. He discusses the importance of embracing unchanging values in an unpredictable world and the need for emotional strength during challenging times. For the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Chris Goede dive into the values of The John Maxwell Enterprise and how those values have helped the organization navigate the challenges of 2020. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Halftime Adjustments Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Halftime and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Plato’s Lemonade Stand: Stirring Change into Something Great by Tom Morris The Mentor’s Guide to Building a Championship Team online course by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In this new, two-part series, John Maxwell talks about the difference between good coaches and great coaches, and he gives guidance on how we can apply effective “halftime adjustments” to our leadership and organizations in the second half of the year. Mark Cole is joined by Chris Goede during the application portion of this episode to discuss the first two adjustments that John teaches. They discuss common thinking hang-ups that stifle fluid progress and the importance of leadership adjustments and agility.  Our BONUS resource for this series is the Halftime Adjustments Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Halftime and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Leadershift by John C. Maxwell Plato’s Lemonade Stand: Stirring Change into Something Great by Tom Morris The Mentor’s Guide to Building a Championship Team online course by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In the final installment of “A Month of Melvin Maxwell,” John shares the remaining life and leadership lessons he learned from his father, Melvin. John tells us how his father was a shining example of a person who prioritized his life, always gave his best, and enthusiastically devoted himself to a life of growth and gratitude. For the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss how to determine where to focus your energy, and Mark shares the key to maintaining his enthusiasm and passion, even when difficulties arise. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Month of Melvin Maxwell Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Melvin and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Melvin Maxwell Memorial Service Full video of John’s lesson MaxwellFaith.com Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The Winning Attitude by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In part three of our series on the lessons John Maxwell learned from his father, Melvin, John shares the importance of giving God the credit, living a generous life, and being intentional every day. Mark Cole and Jason Brooks continue their discussion on what they’re learning from this series. They discuss why knowing and investing in the strengths of your team members matters and different ways that leaders can be generous aside from money alone. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Month of Melvin Maxwell Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Melvin and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Melvin Maxwell Memorial Service Full video of John’s lesson MaxwellFaith.com Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The Winning Attitude by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In part two of our series on the lessons John Maxwell learned from his dad, Melvin, John talks about the importance of encouraging others, working hard, and maintaining a positive mindset. In the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss the tension between human nature and leader nature, and the importance of authenticity in leadership. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Month of Melvin Maxwell Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Melvin and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Melvin Maxwell Memorial Service Full video of John’s lesson MaxwellFaith.com Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The Winning Attitude by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
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ID19047724

I loved this episode. Thank you for your great podcast series ❤️

Nov 18th
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Jeremiah Osibe

Thank you for sharing, John. Time and again, only when motivation comes from within does it last. The energy from expectations births the required effort for the task. And this motivation doesn't die; expectations build motivation. Thank you again!

Nov 13th
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SHANE SIMMONS

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Nov 9th
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SHANE SIMMONS

Bonus Episode: Live2Lead 2020 Takeaways Bonus Episode: Live2Lead 2020 Takeaways Update: 2020-11-06 Share Description If you attended out first-ever virtual Live2Lead on October 9th, you probably walked away feeling like you just drank from a fire hydrant! Each speaker offered an impactful teaching that added value to tens of thousands of leaders that day. A couple of those messages came from John Maxwell himself, but John doesn’t just attend Live2Lead to teach. He attends to learn just like you, and he gleaned some helpful takeaways from each of our wonderful speakers. So, today we’re bringing you a bonus episode in which John Maxwell shares his greatest takeaways from Live2Lead 2020. 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: Elevate Your Communication with Steve Harvey and John Maxwell Change Your World by John C. Maxwell Live2Lead.com Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store

Nov 9th
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Venice Rowe

To John and the team. Thank you for this podcast. I am volunteer director of our church children's club and president of a community adult club. Your message is helpful as I learn more about how to be a valuable leader in my community. I look forward to re-listening to this podcast, plus the others in the series. Thank you.

Oct 14th
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Venice Rowe

Thank you John.

Oct 7th
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Lucky P

One of the best motivational pieces I've ever heard!!!

Sep 20th
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David Warren

Powerful lesson

Aug 28th
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Prince abbey

God bless you so much

Aug 10th
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Mehrad

🙏🏻👍

Jun 23rd
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Christian Valadez

4 points

Jun 10th
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Paul Asamoah

good as well

Apr 16th
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Paul Asamoah

great

Apr 16th
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Sarabashiri

hey. is there anyway to get the text of episodes? i really need it.

Mar 4th
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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

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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