John Maxwell

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An inspirational pastor whose expertise in leadership saw him inspire leaders from all walks of life.

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About John Maxwell

An inspirational pastor and a leadership guru, Maxwell informs, educates and motivates listeners to achieve their potential.

John C. Maxwell is an evangelical Christian pastor, leadership expert, author and speaker.

Maxwell has founded several organisations; INJOY, ISS, EQUIP, and Maximum Impact. These aim to help leaders achieve their best. More than five million leaders around the world have been trained by these successful organisations.

The Indiana Wesleyan University has named their Maxwell Centre for Business and Leadership in Maxwells honour; he is a member of their board of trustees.
Maxwell currently lives with his wife Margaret in South Florida.


John Calvin Maxwell was born in 1947 in Garden City, Michigan. Inspired by his father, he decided to join the ministry. After graduating from Ohio Christian University in 1969 with a bachelors degree, he went on to Azusa Pacific University, one of the USAs best known Christian universities, where he achieved his Master of Divinity degree. A talented and passionate student, Maxwell continued his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, becoming a Doctor of Ministry.

Current/Past Roles and Positions

  • Leadership expert
  • Evangelical Christian
  • Bestselling author

Speaking Style

Amusing, enthusiastic, passionate, story-telling and thought-provoking

Speaking Topics

  • Failing Forward (Personal Growth)
  • Your Roadmap to Success (Personal Growth)
  • Becoming a Person of Influence (Personal Growth)
  • Developing the Leaders Around You (Leadership)
  • The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork (Teamwork)
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (Leadership)
  • The 21 Qualities of a Leader (Leadership)
  • There is No Such Thing as Business Ethics (Leadership)
  • Thinking for a Change (Personal Growth)
  • Developing the Leader Within You (Leadership)


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Books By John Maxwell

  • Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success (2007)
  • Encouragement Changes Everything: Bless and Be Blessed (2008)
  • How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life (2009)
  • Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently (2010)
  • The Winning Attitude Your Key To Personal Success (1992)
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (with Zig Ziglar) (1998)
  • The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow (2000)
  • Developing the Leader Within You Workbook (2001)
  • The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team (2001)
  • Running with the Giants: What the Old Testament Heroes Want You to Know About Life and Leadership (2002)
  • Attitude 101 (2003)
  • Leadership Promises for Every Day (2003)
  • Ethics 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know (101 Series) (2005)
  • 25 Ways to Win with People: How to Make Others Feel Like a Million Bucks (with Les Parrott) (2005)
  • Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work (2005)
  • The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset (2006)
  • Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It (2011)

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