Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking the time to read this inaugural post. I am really excited about the John Maxwell Philosophy of Leadership and am eager to share it with you and others. I’ve been around the block once or twice, but I’ve never seen anybody better articulate leadership principles and values so clearly and succinctly.
As the title of this blog post says, “…so, what is ‘the John Maxwell Philosophy,’ really…?”
Simply stated, the John Maxwell Philosophy of Leadership is that
Leadership is influence; nothing more, nothing less.
Why do I believe that this is best leadership philosophy? In a nutshell, I think it solves the classic leadership conundrum. Let me explain. Following college, I was a U.S. Marine Corps officer. One question that we often argued about was which is more important, your men or the mission? We would go round and round on this issue. I would argue that the men were more important, for without them you could not ever hope to achieve the mission. Most of my peers believed that the mission was more important because you had to be willing to sacrifice men if needed to succeed.
Now, don’t get me wrong here. My colleagues were not butchers or anything. They didn’t want to waste lives. Usually, they were rather fond/proud of their Marines. But in the end, they felt they needed whatever they had to in order to get the mission accomplished, and they didn’t want emotion or sentiment get in the way. I tried to explain that if you properly cared – trained, educated, equipped your Marines – they would be in a position to fight the fight when it came time in the middle of the mission.
Studying John Maxwell has helped me reconcile the apparent differences. You have to give people a reason to follow, if you are going to be a leader. That is the mission. A group of guys without a mission (focus) are a party at best, a mob at worst. Conversely, as John loves to say, “A leader without somebody following him is just taking a walk in the park.” If you simply use people as a resource to accomplish a mission, you probably aren’t leading them. You won’t have their commitment or buy-in. When the going gets rough in the mission, will they still follow you?
Most of us will never have to go into combat with our teams. But even combat leaders will benefit from what John has to say about leadership because his principles are universal and timeless. He has spent 35 years clarifying and applying his philosophy of leadership. It is best summed up in his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. In this blog, I will inspire you to learn about and apply John’s 21 laws through illustrations that crystallize the points, helping you to find your passion and purpose, defining goals and becoming the person you need to be to progressively achieve your purpose.