The Top 10 Leadership Lessons I Learned Working For John Maxwell Part 1
The date of August 26th hasÂ significant meaning for my family and I.Â Because it was on this day,Â 10 years ago thatÂ I began my career with Injoy Stewardship Services, now called Injoy Stewardship Solutions.Â Like many people, I went to work at Injoy because I wanted to work for the man who was my spiritual hero, Dr. John C. Maxwell.
Many times when you meet your hero, there is always a chance thatÂ he/she may notÂ live up toÂ your expectations.Â Well, after now knowingÂ John for 10 years, I want to tellÂ you what he means to me.Â John Maxwell is the real deal.Â He is exactly whatÂ you see on stage and read in his books.Â If anything, he is better than advertised.Â John MaxwellÂ remains and is firmly cemented asÂ one of my spiritual heroes.
In part 1 of a two-part series, I want to share with you the Top 10 Leadership Lessons I Learned From John MaxwellÂ during my first 10 years at Injoy.
- God AbundantlyÂ Blesses A Generous LifeÂ - I was once asked what I learned most from working for John.Â Â The person asking the question expected me to say something about leadership, public speaking, or writing.Â I said, “The thing I’ve learned most from John is how much GodÂ blesses a generous life.Â John Maxwell is the most generousÂ person I have ever met.”Â Why does John have so much influence?Â Why does he sell so many books?Â Why is he in such demand?Â I feel, more than anything, it is because God has truly blessed his generous lifestyle.Â If you truly believe you can’t outgive God, then if a person lived that way, compounded over six decades, what would it look like?Â I think it would look like John Maxwell.
- The Value Of People – John taught me that the only appreciable asset in anyÂ church or businessÂ is its people.Â
- Prioritize Adding Value To PeopleÂ - IÂ have been inÂ multiple environments with John and well-known Christian leaders.Â After the initial introductions and laughter (because John seemed to be best friends with everyone we met), he would alwaysÂ ask the same question, “What canÂ I doÂ to help you?”Â John always uses his enormous gifts andÂ talents toÂ serve other leaders.Â Â WheneverÂ I speak with a church leader,Â thoughÂ IÂ lack his talent and giftedness, IÂ follow John’s example and Â prioritize serving that leader with excellence.Â Â John MaxwellÂ taught me this mindset.
- Thinking Skills – John’s most famous book is the incomparable 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership.Â My second favorite book of his is Thinking For A Change.Â The book’s premise is thatÂ the difference between successful and unsuccessful people is how they think.Â Â In this book, John gives usÂ eightÂ skills that will make you a better thinker.Â The chapterÂ on Shared ThinkingÂ changed the way I seek solutions to the issuesÂ leaders face.
- Do You Produce?Â - In the Christian world, many people can talk a good game.Â I mean, we areÂ professional communicators aren’t we?Â The question is not whether we can talk a good game.Â The question I have for people whoÂ I am responsible for evaluating is simply this, do youÂ produce?Â I learned this from John and it has served me very well in setting expectations and avoiding ambiguity.
Check back tomorrow for theÂ final fiveÂ of The Top 10 Lessons I Learned From John Maxwell.Â
Pastors and leaders, what has John taught you?
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