An author of more than 100 books, with 31 million-plus copies sold, John C. Maxwell is an influential leadership expert who has dedicated his whole life to helping people grow and discover their significance. A friend and mentor of Dianna Kokoszka, CEO of KW MAPS Coaching, Maxwell shared several words of wisdom at Mega Camp 2018.
Here are three key pieces of leadership advice from the man named in 2014, the “No. 1 leadership and management expert in the world” by Inc. magazine.
Live an intentional life
If you want to be successful in life, you need to live an intentional life. It is the greatest way to improve life. Most people don’t lead their life, they accept their life. Learn how to be deliberate and consistent in your life. If you make an intentional choice in your life, it will give you higher returns in life.
Everything in life that’s worthwhile is uphill – our relationships, business, and dreams. We have uphill hopes and downhill habits – that is where the problem lies. It may be impossible, not improbable, to go uphill with a downhill habit that requires no effort, no intentionality, and no discipline. If you’re intentional, everything in life will begin to move the way you want it to move.
Growth has to be intentional. The only guarantee that tomorrow will be better is if you’re growing right now. If you’re growing now, you’re preparing. If you’re not, you’re repairing.
Seek out a growth environment
Your environment has to match your desire to grow. The three main components for a suitable work setting are:
- You are not No. 1 there: Other people are ahead of you, which gives you the option to learn from the best and the brightest.
- Be intentional in priorities: Know what you want to accomplish, and with the right tools and focus, you can. The Rule of Five is simply a series of activities that you do EVERY DAY that are fundamental to your success. For Maxwell, his Rule of Five is as follows: every day he reads, files, thinks, asks questions, and writes.
- Welcome challenges: Wake up every day and look at a mountain of work as a pile of challenges. Be present and accept every challenge as an opportunity. Focus forward and think about what tomorrow brings. When you’re not in your comfort zone, you’re uncomfortable, which means you are only growing.
Make a difference
Remind yourself that “success is all about you, significance is all about others.” Humans were created to add value to others. Look beyond yourself, make a difference in the world around you, and you will feel fulfilled.
In a nutshell, leadership is just as much about your own personal growth as it is about the leading and developing of your team. Without a plan for personal and professional development, you won’t be able to help others discover their own significance.