John's childhood in 1950s small-town Ohio, along with the solid example of his parents, laid the foundation for a life and career of service to others. He professed his faith in Christ at the age of three, and by the time he was a teenager he was intently focused on his goal of becoming a pastor. He earned his bachelor's degree at Circleville (Ohio) Bible College in 1969, married his high school sweetheart Margaret that year, and moved to tiny Hillham, Indiana, to pastor his first church.
Soon after, John began to realize his true gift for affecting the lives of people--lots of people. Sensing a call to evangelism, he accepted an invitation to another church in 1972 where he set a bold goal to lead 200 people to Christ in one year--outside of his pulpit ministry. Over the next 12 months, 186 people were forever changed by his influence.
John began to study the correlation between leadership effectiveness and effective ministry. What he observed was the tremendous impact that strong leadership skills could have on a pastor's ministry. He began to dissect and understand the art and science of Christian leadership, which remains his primary focus to this day.
Maxwell has earned a name for himself as minister to the soul of business by carefully analyzing the building blocks of success, outlined in the bestsellers The 21 Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.
As a cutting-edge entrepreneur, best-selling author, and dynamic speaker, Dr. John C. Maxwell has cultivated an extensive following among the most highly respected and influential business leaders across the globe. Reaching more than 350,000 people a year through speaking engagements alone, and over a million through resources, Dr. Maxwell is committed to developing leaders of excellence and integrity by providing the finest resources and training for personal and professional growth.
His philosophy that “everything rises and falls on leadership” motivates every endeavor to help individuals reach their highest potential, both in the home office and abroad through conferences, books, and audio and video resources. His passion has quickly caught on, and he has communicated his leadership principles to Fortune 500 companies, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and sports organizations such as the NCAA, the NBA, and the NFL.
- THE 17 INDISPUTABLE LAWS OF TEAMWORK
John Maxwell illustrates the laws of teamwork at work in every area of an individual’s life and teach key principles that enable teams to succeed.
- TODAY MATTERS
John challenges every person to make today the most important day in an effort to build toward a better tomorrow with simple principles, tips, and how-to’s that anyone can immediately apply.
- PUT YOUR DREAM TO THE TEST
John guides his audience through a series of questions, that, when answered, help individuals make good decisions and maximize every moment to achieve their dreams.
- THE 360° LEADER
John illustrates his belief about how individuals can lead up, down, and across regardless of a person’s position in an organization.
- EVERYONE COMMUNICATES, FEW CONNECT
John discusses the five connecting principles and the five connecting practices that help individuals influence change and get results.
- THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP
John shares his foundational truths of leadership through personal anecdotes and real-life examples from business, politics, sports, religion, and the military.
- HOW TO BE A REAL SUCCESS
John shares the principles that shape every individual’s success by focusing on Relationships, Equipping, Attitude, and Leadership.
- THE 5 LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP
John talks about one of his key leadership concepts, the 5 levels of leadership, and how every individual can increase their influence and their results by applying the 5 levels to their leadership walk.
- THE 15 INVALUABLE LAWS OF GROWTH
Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential.