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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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John Maxwell and Mark Cole were recently in Boston to learn from Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the acclaimed book on Abraham Lincoln, A Team of Rivals. In this episode John and Mark share their biggest takeaways from their time with Goodwin and her insightful wisdom on presidential history and leadership in the United States. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Takeaways from Doris Kearns Goodwin Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Goodwin and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin Change Your World by John C. Maxwell ChangeYourWorld.com The John Maxwell Online Store
In this episode of the John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, Mark Cole and John Maxwell discuss a recent lesson John created for a special group of young, successful leaders on how to identify potential leaders. John walks through four questions you must ask when trying to identify new leaders for your organization. John talks about the importance of a values-based foundation, having the right leadership perspective, and the difference between gratitude and entitlement. This is a valuable lesson for anyone who is growing their organization and wants to find the right leaders capable of achieving growth, impact, and significance. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Four Questions to Identify Potential Leaders Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Identify and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leaders Around You by John C. Maxwell Ethics 101 by John C. Maxwell Change Your World by John C. Maxwell ChangeYourWorld.com The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation The John Maxwell Online Store
In part two of Building a Team Environment, John teaches the remaining questions leaders must ask in order to assess if they are building a winning team environment. John discusses removing barriers for your team, providing your team with the freedom to learn, and fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion.  During the application portion, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow discuss how to create a team that is both diverse and in alignment, and the challenges that come with being a leader who builds consensus.   Our BONUS resource for this series is the Building a Team Environment Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Team and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”  References:  Change Your World by John C. Maxwell  ChangeYourWorld.com  The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John C. Maxwell  The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell  The John Maxwell Online Store 
You’ve probably heard John say this before, “One is too small of a number to achieve greatness.” In other words, if we’re going to accomplish anything of significance, we need a team around us. In this series, John teaches how to build a team environment for winning. He teaches us the ten questions leaders must ask themselves in order to assess whether or not they’re building a winning team environment. In part one, John teaches the first five questions to help you determine if you’re building a winning team. In the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow discuss setting team expectations and how accountability is impossible unless those expectations are crystal clear. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Building a Team Environment Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Team and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell ChangeYourWorld.com The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John C. Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
This week on the podcast, John continues his lesson on problem-solving. Last week, John shared some observations about the nature of problems, and this week he’s going to dive into how to solve problems. John teaches seven R’s that will help remind you how to solve problems when they inevitably come your way. In the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss how hope can bond the optimist and the realist when it comes to problem-solving despite the tensions that often arise between both personality types. They discuss how hope can benefit our attitude, how to get yourself and your team to refocus in the midst of problems, and how your core values act as a constant guide in the midst of problems. Our BONUS resource for this series is the How to Solve Problems Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Solve and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell ChangeYourWorld.com Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Being an effective problem solver can equip you to removing the barriers that stand in your way of changing your world. This week on The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, we’re beginning a new series on problem-solving effectively. In part one, John shares nine observations about the nature of problems and problem-solving. In part two, he teaches us the seven R’s of effective problem-solving. During the application portion of part one, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss their own thoughts on problem-solving, the importance of identifying options, and the roles that hope, optimism, and pessimism can play in solving problems. Our BONUS resource for this series is the How to Solve Problems Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Solve and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell ChangeYourWorld.com Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In part two of our series on how John learned to connect with people, John Maxwell shares the remaining lessons he’s learned as he’s grown over the years as a communicator. You’ll learn the importance of using communication as a way to connect with your team and/or audience, to inspire others, and to cast a compelling vision. For the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss how to avoid the “shortcut mentality”––the habit of taking shortcuts for skills you’re naturally good at. You’ll be challenged in this episode to study the communication skills of communicators you connect with and to ask for consistent feedback from others in order to learn how to be a better communicator and continually grow in your communication. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Connecting with People Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Connected and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell Change Your World by John C. Maxwell Change Your World Assessment Elevate Your Communication with John Maxwell and Steve Harvey Elevate Your Communication Podcast Episode The John Maxwell Online Store
This week, we’re beginning a new series in which John Maxwell shares his journey of learning to connect with people on and off stage. This series offers ten lessons that John has learned throughout the years that has helped his communication become more affective at casting vision, communicating ideas, and connecting with people. For the application portion of part one, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks share how they implement John’s principles of communication within the John Maxwell Enterprise. Mark reminds us that the goal of communication as a leader is not meant to simply convince, but to connect. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Connect with People Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Connected and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell Change Your World by John C. Maxwell Change Your World Assessment Elevate Your Communication with John Maxwell and Steve Harvey Elevate Your Communication Podcast Episode The John Maxwell Online Store
This week, we have a very special episode to share with you featuring another one of John’s incredibly inspiring friends, Jamie Kern Lima. Jamie is the CEO of IT Cosmetics, a company she started at home and sold to L’Oréal for just over $1 billion. She joins Mark Cole and John Maxwell on this episode to talk about her new book Believe IT and to share her journey of learning to move from self-doubt to self-confidence. Be sure to listen to hear Jamie’s fresh perspective on rejection, embracing your calling, being authentic, and, ultimately, believing in yourself to accomplish things no one has ever done before! Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Believe It Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/BelieveIt and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Believe IT by Jamie Kern Lima Change Your World by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In this episode, John teaches one of his best-known leadership paradigms, The 5 Levels of Leadership. John walks through each of the 5 Levels and discusses their key characteristics, the qualifying factors required to reach each level, and how the levels build upon one another. For the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole asks Chris Goede for his insights into the 5 Levels and what he’s learned from training leaders around the globe in this leadership model. Chris Goede is one of the leading authorities in The 5 Levels of Leadership, and he shares valuable takeaways from this lesson, reminds us that we are all on different levels with everyone we know, and inspires us to lean in to the challenge of reaching new levels of influence with others. Our BONUS resource for this episode is The 5 Levels of Leadership Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/5Levels and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell 5LevelsLeadership.com Change Your World by John C. Maxwell ChangeYourWorld.com iEQUIP.org The John Maxwell Online Store
This week, we have a very special episode to share with you! In this episode, John Maxwell talks with his good friend Dr. Caroline Leaf––a world-renowned communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist who just released her newest book Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess. Dr. Leaf dives deep into her book and explains how properly managing our mind and thinking habits can shape our brain, and even our DNA, in a positive way. She and John discuss the implications of her research on leadership and our own ability to manage our minds instead of allowing our minds to manage us. Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Mental Mess Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/MentalMess and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: DrLeaf.com Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline Leaf How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
In part two of The Incomplete Leader, John Maxwell describes how leaders are visionaries and inventors. He teaches how to create compelling images of the future, how to cultivate inventiveness, and asks the key questions necessary to do so. During the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Chris Goede discuss the importance of getting buy-in from your team by offering context and clarity. They also remind us of the heart of this lesson––no leader is perfect, and the best leaders don’t try to be. Instead, they surround themselves with a team that compliments them and the vision of the organization. Our BONUS resource for this series is The Incomplete Leader Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Incomplete and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell The Maxwell Leadership Assessment The John Maxwell Online Store
The best leaders don’t try to be perfect––they concentrate on honing their strengths and find others who can make up for their limitations. This week on The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, we’re starting a new two-part series called The Incomplete Leader. Throughout this series you will learn from John Maxwell on the four capabilities of leadership, how to evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses, and how to develop a leadership team to give your organization complete leadership. During the application portion of part one, Mark Cole and Chris Goede discuss the process they go through to become more self-aware as leaders and the importance of consulting the perspectives of others to broaden your own leadership perspective. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Incomplete Leader Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Incomplete and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell The Maxwell Leadership Assessment The John Maxwell Online Store
This week we continue our series on Transformational Leadership! John covers the remaining characteristic of transformational leadership and why it is so impactful. He discusses how transformation stands on a cause with people who make a difference when it makes a difference. You’ll hear John’s heart for transformational leadership as well as his challenge to you to pursue transformation with urgency. During the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow dive into John’s points to discuss the important distinction between being the best in the world verses being the best for the world. Transformation begins with you! If not you, who? If not now, when? Our BONUS resource for this series is the Transformational Leadership Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Transform and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell Maximum Impact Mentoring with John C. Maxwell ChangeYourWorld.com Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell Leadershift by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
This week on The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, we’re starting a new series called Transformational Leadership! John’s lesson throughout this series was recorded several years ago, when John was only about one year into his transformational leadership journey. Through the series, John teaches what transformational leadership is and why it is so impactful. During the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow discuss what it means to have a calling, and they remind us that big movements often start small––with you. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Transformational Leadership Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Transform and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell Maximum Impact Mentoring with John C. Maxwell ChangeYourWorld.com The John Maxwell Online Store
Today we finish our two-part series, Communication that Inspires. In this episode, John walks through the last two questions he asks himself to make sure he’s an inspirational communicator. By asking yourself these questions, you can identify growth areas in your own communication, and improve your ability to inspire others. In the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Chris Goede discuss how communication should empower others to act and why pairing communication with application will equip others to act. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Communication that Inspires Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Inspire and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Many of you know John Maxwell as a great teacher, author, and leader. This week on the podcast John teaches us about another one of his gifts––communication. In this series John shares four questions he asks himself to help him inspire others through his communication. In part one, John shares questions one and two. During the application portion, Mark Cole and Chris Goede discuss how they apply John’s questions to their own communication and inspire others when they’re teaching John’s principles. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Communication that Inspires Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Inspire and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Today on the podcast, we are finishing our two-part series called Defining Greatness! Throughout this series, John’s been teaching the four areas in a leader’s life that determine their greatness. Last week he taught the first two qualities, and, in this episode, he’ll discuss the third and fourth qualities that determine a leader’s greatness. Afterward, Traci Morrow will join Mark Cole for the application portion of the episode where they’ll dive deeper into John’s teaching and discuss how to apply it to our own lives and leadership! Our BONUS resource for this series is the Defining Greatness Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Great and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” Also, please keep an ear out for Mark Cole at the beginning of the episode to learn how you can make an impact with John Maxwell and get a free Change Your World book by joining John Maxwell’s Transformathon! Learn more at join.changeyourworld.com. References: The John Maxwell Transformathon Change Your World by John C. Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
Happy New Year, podcast family! To kick off 2021, we’re starting a new series called Defining Greatness. We recorded this series last year just before COVID-19 drastically changed the way many of us live our lives. After recording it, we decided that it wasn’t the right time to release the series. But, with high expectations for the new year––which we believe will be a year of greatness and transformation––this is the perfect series with which to kick off 2021, and we’re excited to finally share it with you! In this series, John shares the qualities he believes make great leaders great. In part one, John shares how great leaders think and how they prepare. We’re also excited to have Traci Morrow back on the podcast with Mark Cole. Together, they discuss how their own thinking habits play a role in their leadership, influence, and growth. Our BONUS resource for this series is the Defining Greatness Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Great and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell Today Matters by John C. Maxwell The John Maxwell Online Store
This week we’re releasing something new just for our podcast listeners! As you may know, John Maxwell and Rob Hoskins are releasing their new book, Change Your World, on January 26, 2021. But today on the podcast, we’re gifting you with chapter one of the audio book! We believe this book is going to create a movement of global transformation, and we’re so excited for you to read it! So, grab a pen, grab some paper, and take notes, because this book has the potential to change your world! To get your copy of Change Your World, head over to JohnMaxwell.com/ChangeYourWorld and purchase one for yourself and for a friend! We hope you enjoy this first chapter. Be safe, and we’ll see you next year for our first series of 2021! References: Change Your World by John C. Maxwell and Rob Hoskins The John Maxwell Online Store
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Vanola Karieren

wonderful!!!! love it!

Apr 8th
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Tanya Conway Dale

this as my FAVORITE leadership book - ever. I have read it several times and it has created much value in my life. i have given this book too many of my mentees and have had discussions with them about the concepts and coached them. on applying these concepts and expanding their influence. thank you so much for all your books and podcasts, they continue to help me to grow, so that I may create value for others.

Apr 2nd
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Kaisa Siipilehto

great points and podcast! thanks for sharing with us!

Mar 10th
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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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