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239 Best The 360 Degree Leader Quotes: John C. Maxwell

1. Applying EI to self and others

2. Assessment on effectiveness of the team

3. “Managers work with processes—leaders work with people.” 

4. “Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.” 

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6. Accordingly, being a 360-Degree leader implies winning ...

7. “The led must  not be compelled. They must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein

8. “Vision, strategy, and inspiration – these three words describe me the best. I am the founder of “TheLeaderboy” dedicated to leadership and personal development. As a self-taught practitioner, I have been studying the principles of effective leadership for the past decade and my passion lies in sharing my insights with others. My mission is to empower individuals to become better leader

9. “In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – President Harry Truman

10. Leadership is more disposition than position—influence others from wherever you are. 

11. “The respect that leadership must have requires that one’s ethics be without question. A leader not only stays above the line between right and wrong, he stays well clear of the ‘gray areas.'” John C. Maxwell

12. “BEFORE YOU ARE  A LEADER, WHEN YOU BECOME A LEADER, Success Is All About Growing Yourself. Success Is All About Growing Others.” – Jack Welch

13. Lencioni’s findings

14. “A LEADER...IS LIKE  A SHEPHERD. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” - Nelson Mandela

15. How knowledge is gathered

16. “You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.” – Sam Rayburn, former speaker of the House

17. “Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan, former NBA basketball player

18. “Your mind will give back to you exactly what you put into it.” 

19. “You don’t get any medal for trying something, you get medals for results."

20. “Leadership has less to do with position than it does disposition.” John C. Maxwell

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22. “Mastery is great, but even that is not enough. You have to be able to change course without a bead of sweat, or remorse."

23. Leadership capacity and capability

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25. “Advice is what we ask for when we already knew the answer but wish we didn't.” 

26. “Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about themselves, and small people talk about others” 

27. Implementation and thinking tools

28. “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”  – Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State

29. “If you are a leader, the true measure of your success is not getting people to work. It’s not getting people to work hard. It is getting people to work hard together. That takes commitment.” John C. Maxwell

30. Renegotiating the psychological contract


32. “Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.” – Warren G. Bennis, founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California

33. Assumption testing

34. “A leader who produces other leaders multiplies their influences.” John C. Maxwell

35. Addressing the five dysfunctions

36. “Leadership is a moving target, and it always will be. If you desire to become a better leader, get comfortable with change. And if you want to lead up, learn to think like a leader. Think people, think progress, and think intangibles.” 

37. Writing action plans

38. “If you really want to be an uncommon leader, you’re going to have to find a way to get much of your vision seen, implemented, and added to by others.” John C. Maxwell

39. “Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain, author

40. “Your ultimate goal as a leader should be to work hard enough and strategically enough that you have more than enough to give and share with others.” John C. Maxwell

41. “I love that in the movie Rocky, Sylvester Stallone’s character says of his fiancée Adrian: “I got gaps, she’s got gaps, together we don’t got gaps.” That could be said of our coworkers and us. Instead of exploiting other people’s gaps to get ahead of them, why not fill in each other’s gaps and both get ahead?”

42. Using EI to better manage teams

43. “As a leader, you don’t earn any points for failing in a noble cause. You don’t get credit for being ‘right’ as you bring the organization to a halt. Your success is measured by your ability to actually take the people where they need to go. But you can do that only if the people first buy into you as a leader. That’s the reality of the Law of Buy-In.” John C. Maxwell


45. “Leaders who are effective are leaders who are disciplined in their daily lives.” John C. Maxwell

46. “It’s not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position.” John C. Maxwell

47. The EI Leader

48. Pfeffer and Suttons findings about leadership inertia

49. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” – Jack Welch, former GE chairman and CEO

50. “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born."

51. “The company owner doesn't need to win. The best idea does.” 

52. “He who has  learned how to OBEY will know how to COMMAND.” - Solon

53. “Leaders see everything with a leadership bias. Their focus is on mobilizing people and leveraging resources to achieve their goals rather than on using their own individual efforts. Leaders who want to succeed maximize every asset and resource they have for the benefit of their organization. For that reason, they are continually aware of what they have at their disposal.” John C. Maxwell

54. Self leadership styles

55. “Leadership is more disposition than position—influence others from wherever you are.” 

56. Working with people stuck in the past

57. “There are five nonnegotiable characteristics that every effective leader must have: a sense of calling, an ability to communicate, creativity in problem solving, generosity, and consistency.” John C. Maxwell

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59. “And you will have greater credibility with your leader if you admit your shortcomings and refrain from making excuses.” 

60. “The leader’s Attitude is like a thermostat for the place she works. If her attitude is good, the atmosphere is pleasant, and the environment is easy to work in. But if her attitude is bad, the temperature is insufferable.” 

61. “If you want to be the best leader you can possibly be, no matter how much or how little natural leadership talent you possess, you need to become a serving leader.” John C. Maxwell

62. “Good leaders know when to display emotions and when to delay them.” John C. Maxwell

63. “The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.” – George Orwell, author [Read Related Article: 5 Tips for Guiding Your Team Through a Rough Patch]

64. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done."

65. “A GOOD LEADER is  a person who takes a little more Than His Share Of The Blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” - John Maxwell

66. Advice is what we ask for when we already knew the answer but wish we didn't. 

67. Walking the talk

68. Identifying dysfunction in teams

69. “Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – U.S. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

70. Keeping people accountable

71. “The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization” by John C. Maxwell is an inspirational book on leadership. The book talks about the myths and challenges of leadership we usually believe and how to deal with them.

72. “Example is not  the main thing in influencing others. IT IS THE ONLY THING.” - Albert Schweitzer

73. “80 percent of the time—work where you are strongest

74. Innovation – Does it really matter

75. “To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence … When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!’” – Lao Tzu, philosopher


77. What’s your current leadership culture?

78. “Just because you can make the payments doesn't mean you can afford it.”

79. “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision."

80. Continuous improvement

81. “When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.” John C. Maxwell

82. “When leaders fail to empower others, it is usually due to three main reasons: 1. Desire for Job Security 2. Resistance to Change 3. Lack of Self-Worth.” John C. Maxwell

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84. Successful people do the things that unsuccessful people are unwilling to do. —JOHN C. MAXWELL 

85. “Leaders Are Like Icebergs.”

86. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” – Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State

87. “If you can’t influence people, then they will not follow you. And if people won’t follow, you are not a leader. That’s the Law of Influence.” John C. Maxwell

88. “In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up and goes.” – John Erskine, author

89. “Success for the leader is a single victory. However, when the protg experiences success, it becomes a double win.” John C. Maxwell

90. “The challenge of leadership is to create change and facilitate growth.” John C. Maxwell

91. “we need to make a few critical decisions in major areas of life and then manage those decisions day to day.” 

92. Cheryl Strayed: The most important thing for aspiring writers is for them to give themselves.

93. “To have LONG-TERM success as  a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.” - Pat Riley

94. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”– President Ronald Reagan

95. “The led must not be compelled. They must be able to choose their own leader.” – Albert Einstein, physicist

96. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” — Stephen Covey, author, businessman and speaker


98. Group strengths and weaknesses from the 360

99. Leadership V Management

100. Cultivating innovation

101. Understanding change and loss

102. “A Chinese proverb says, 'Those who drink the water must remember those who dug the well.'

103. For more information on leadership and ... 360 Degree Leader - Ayub Jake Salik.

104. Goleman insights on EI

105. “The bottom line in managing your emotions is that you should put others – not yourself – first in how you handle and process them. Whether you delay or display your emotions should not be for your own gratification. You should ask yourself, What does the team need? Not, What will make me feel better?” 

106. “A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others.” John C. Maxwell

107. Maxwell, Wayne Shepherd

108. If you wouldn't follow yourself, why should anyone else? 

109. Self managed teams

110. “He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious."

111. “Successful people do the things that unsuccessful people are unwilling to do. —JOHN C. MAXWELL” 

112. The leader’s Attitude is like a thermostat for the place she works. If her attitude is good, the atmosphere is pleasant, and the environment is easy to work in. But if her attitude is bad, the temperature is insufferable. 

113. Group 360 debrief

114. Maintaining change momentum

115. “Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.” ... 

116. Apply the model to internal relationships

117. Break free from short term things

118. “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold Glasow, humorist and author

119. Micromanagement or empowerment

120. “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

121. On-the-job learning opportunities

122. Unconscious bias – Leadership Based

123. “The beauty of  empowering others is that your own power is NOT diminished in the process.” "1"Andrew"Carnegie"

124. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” 

125. Product. Rating

126. The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness. 

127. “He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly."

128. “Do you know the difference between leaders, followers, and losers? Leaders stretch with challenges. Followers struggle with challenges. Losers shrink from challenges.” John C. Maxwell

129. Is your performance management system working?

130. “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” – John Buchan, novelist, historian and politician

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132. “If you wouldn't follow yourself, why should anyone else?” 

133. Values based leadership

134. “The bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others.” John C. Maxwell

135. “To lead any way other than by example, we send a fuzzy picture of leadership to others. If we work on improving ourselves first and make that our primary mission, then others are more likely to follow.” John C. Maxwell

136. “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes."

137. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple

138. What could work (Appreciative Inquiry)?

139. “A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others see.” – Leroy Eimes, author and leadership expert

140. “The rewards leaders give are counterbalanced by the results that their people give in return.” John C. Maxwell

141. “If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why should anyone else?” John C. Maxwell

142. Provide evidence of how each group worked with managers

143. “The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be.” John C. Maxwell

144. “You have to act like a third-grade teacher. You have to repeat the vision over and over and over again until the people get it.”

145. “You manage things; you lead people.” – Grace Murray Hopper, U.S. Navy rear admiral

146. “Good leaders know when to display emotions and when to delay them.”

147. “All true leaders have learned to say no to the good in order to say yes to the best.” John C. Maxwell

148. “As a leader, you will never get ahead until your people are behind you.” John C. Maxwell

149. “It is easier to move from failure to success in from excuses to success.” 

150. “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” John C. Maxwell

151. EI and EQ

152. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."

153. Quotes from John Maxwell: Insights on Leadership

154. Discuss “if it’s to be its up to me”

155. “When people respect you as a person, they admire you. When they respect you as a friend, they love you. When they respect you as a leader, they follow you.” John C. Maxwell

156. Leadership behaviours

157. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” John C. Maxwell

158. Key learning and observations

159. “A Chinese proverb says, “Those who drink the water must remember those who dug the well.” Gratitude is one of the most attractive of all personal attributes;” 

160. Managing the different styles

161. “If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.” – Benjamin Hooks, former director of the NAACP

162. Critical conversations

163. “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” – President Theodore Roosevelt

164. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – President Abraham Lincoln

165. The bottom line in managing your emotions is that you should put others – not yourself – first in how you handle and process them. Whether you delay or display your emotions should not be for your own gratification. You should ask yourself, What does the team need? Not, What will make me feel better? 

166. “Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.” – Oscar Wilde, writer and poet

167. “Great leaders always seem to embody two seemingly disparate qualities. They are both highly visionary and highly practical.” John C. Maxwell

168. “MY JOB IS  NOT TO BE EASY ON PEOPLE. My job is to take these great people we have and to PUSH them and make them even BETTER.” STEVE JOBS

169. “I Start Each  Day By Telling Myself What A +POSITIVE Influence I Am On This World.” - Peter Daisyme

170. Behavioural differences & similarities

171. Measurement

172. “The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness.” 

173. “You never really know something until you teach it to someone else.” 

174. “The measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve him but the number of people he serves.” John C. Maxwell

175. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, military leader

176. “Henry Ford, who said, “Don’t find a fault; find a remedy.” 

177. “Make sure you’re not just waiting for someone else to fix things, or hoping that things will improve … Figure out what’s going on and make a plan to improve things.” – Kenneth W. Thomas, author

178. Leadership is more disposition than position—influence others from wherever you are. - John C. Maxwell, The 360 Degree Leader: Developing ...

179. Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business. 

180. “A successful person finds the right place for himself. But a successful leader finds the right place for others. John C. Maxwell

181. “A leader with confidence is a leader who brings out positive changes in people.” John C. Maxwell

182. B&H Publishing Group, 2014

183. “Nothing will make a better impression on your leader than your ability to manage yourself. If your leader must continually expend energy managing you, then you will be perceived as someone who drains time and energy. If you manage yourself well, however, your boss will see you as someone who maximizes opportunities and leverages personal strengths. That will make you someone your leader turns to when the heat is on.” 

184. How to be innovative

185. Life wisdom

186. HarperCollins Leadership

187. “The best leaders are humble enough to realize their victories depend upon their people.” John C. Maxwell

188. “To become a 360-Degree Leader, you will have to pay a price. You will have to give up other opportunities in order to lead. You will have to sacrifice some personal goals for the sake of others. You will have to get out of your comfort zone and do things you’ve never done before. You will have to keep learning and growing when you don’t feel like it. You will have to repeatedly put others ahead of yourself. And if you desire to be a really good leader, you will have to do these things without fanfare or complaint.” 

189. “Managers work with processes-leaders work with people.” John C. Maxwell

190. Being a change leader

191. “If you wouldn't follow yourself, why should anyone else?” ... 

192. “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” John C. Maxwell

193. What are they?

194. If you want to lead, you can lead from any position. -You do not need to be the main character to ...

195. A leadership beacon

196. “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” 

197. “The turkey that every day greedily approaches the farmer who tosses him grain is not wrong. It is just that no one ever told him about Thanksgiving.”

198. “The leader’s Attitude is like a thermostat for the place she works. If her attitude is good, the atmosphere is pleasant, and the environment is easy to work in. But if her attitude is bad, the temperature is insufferable.” John C. Maxwell

199. Promoting action rather than procrastination

200. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that count."

201. “Good leaders build products. Great leaders build cultures. Good leaders deliver results. Great leaders develop people. Good leaders have vision. Great leaders have values. Good leaders are role models at work. Great leaders are role models in life."

202. Maxwell who states: "It's not the position that makes the leader; it's the leader ...

203. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward, author

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205. “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

206. “If we despise the position we have, it may be because of what I call “destination disease,” which can also be called the greener grass syndrome. If we focus on being some other place because we think it’s better, then we will neither enjoy where we are nor do what we must to succeed. 3.” 

207. “GREAT LEADERSfind ways  to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential.” - Steven J. Stowell

208. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John C. Maxwell

209. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter, former first lady of the United States

210. “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.” – Walter Lippmann, writer, reporter and political commentator

211. Maxwell Quotes for Leadership Success

212. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – Gen. George S. Patton

213. Commonalities

214. What does staff want from leaders?

215. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

216. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. No ratings yet

217. “If you want to be a leader, the good news is that you can do it. Everyone has the potential, but it isn’t accomplished overnight. It requires perseverance.” John C. Maxwell

218. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

219. “Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. Leaders who are good navigators are capable of taking their people just about anywhere.” John C. Maxwell

220. “Successful leaders are like icebergs. When you look at an iceberg, you see only about 10 percent of it, and the rest of it is hidden under the water. When you look at successful leaders, you see only a fraction of their lives. You see the part that looks really good, but there’s usually a lot that remains hidden that’s neither exciting nor glamorous.” 

221. John C. Maxwell

222. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

223. “A Ruler Should Be  Slow To PUNISH And Swift To REWARD.” - Ovid

224. “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, poet and philosopher

225. “The bottom line in managing your emotions is that you should put others – not yourself – first in how you handle and process them.

226. “Don't blow off  another's candle for it won't make yours shine BRIGHTER.” - Jaachynma N.E. Agu

227. “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell

228. It is easier to move from failure to success in from excuses to success. 

229. “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work."

230. The company owner doesn't need to win. The best idea does. 

231. “When asked what he considered the most essential qualification for a politician, Winston Churchill said, “It’s the ability to foretell what will happen tomorrow, next month, and next year—and to explain afterward why it did not happen.""

232. “If you think you can do a job—that’s confidence. If you actually can do it—that’s competence. And there is no substitute for it.”

233. Doing an innovative task

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235. Being strategic

236. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams

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238. “Real leadership is being the person others will gladly and confidently follow.” John C. Maxwell

239. “Managers work with processes—leaders work with people.”

240. What did we do before values?

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