228: John C Maxwell | Great Leaders Know How to Shift

John C Maxwell, author of the new book Leadershift and number one NYT Bestselling author, coach, and speaker. John has been called the number one leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. He talks to your host Travis Chappell about how to gain real influence with people, and some of the questions he asked when he first spent time with John Wooden, as well as what to expect from his new book.

Here’s what Travis and John discuss in this episode:

  • John talks about his home life with a loving mother and a supportive father.
  • John used to run one of the largest churches in the country.
  • How John’s formal training in the theological world helped him as a speaker and leader.
  • Everyone who wants to be successful and increase their influence should read Leadershift.
  • It’s not about how fast you are, it’s about how quickly you start.
  • How we can make sure we’re building relationships the right way.
  • Everyone is either a plus or a minus in relationships, they’re either adding value or taking it away.
  • The five simple things John does daily to change relationships:
    • Value people.
    • Think of ways to add value to people.
    • Ask the question “who did I add value to today?”
    • Every day I do things that add value to people.
    • Encourage others to add value to people.
  • Do you believe that who you know or what you know is more important, and why?
    • Who you know will not help you a lot if you don’t know much.
    • Who you know gets you the opportunity, but it won’t get you a second meeting.
    • What you know is essential, but the way you maximize and compound it is by who you know.
  • How John met John Wooden and maximized his meeting with him.
  • You have to ask yourself, do you want to have fans or do you want to have friends?

The Random Round:

  • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
    • The conductor of an orchestra.
  • If you could sit on a park bench with anyone for an hour who would it be, and why?
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • The greatest leader America’s ever had, taking the country through troubled times.
  • How do you like to consume content?
    • Books
  • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine?
    • Up at 5:30 am
    • Writes from 5:30 am to noon
  • What is something that you are not very good at?
    • Terrible with hands and handywork.
  • What is your go-to pump up song?
    • Uses quotes or songs to pump him up.
  • What is one place where we can find you the most?
    • johncmaxwell.com

3 Key Points:

  1. Everything rises and falls on leadership.
  2. Relationship is the foundation of leadership and influence.
  3. What you know is essential, but the way you maximize and compound it is by who you know.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “I grew up in a leadership home and was taught leadership by example.” -John
  • “Leaders see more than others see and before others see.” -John
  • “If I value you I will look for ways to add value to you.” -John

Resources Mentioned:

  • Visit Travis’ website at Buildyournetwork.co
  • Join the Build Your Network Facebook group BYN.media/fb
  • Join the Build Your Network University Facebook group here byn.university.
  • Get Travis’ free mastermind course at freemmcourse.com/enroll
  • Download the Himalaya App to listen to the BYN podcast a day early.
  • Grab a copy of John’s book Leadershift.
  • Check out John’s website here.

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