John C. Maxwell
|John C. Maxwell|
February 20, 1947 |
Garden City, Michigan, United States
|Occupation||Author, professional speaker, pastor|
John Calvin Maxwell (born 1947) is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written more than 60 books (in his book Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn, Maxwell claims that he has published 71 different books), primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. His books have sold more than nineteen million copies, with some on the New York Times Best Seller List.
John C. Maxwell was born in Garden City, Michigan in 1947. Maxwell is an evangelical Christian. He followed his father into the ministry, completing a bachelor's degree at Ohio Christian University in 1969, a Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife, Margaret.
For over 30 years, Maxwell has led churches in Indiana, Ohio, California, and Florida. After serving as senior pastor for 14 years, in 1995 he left Skyline Church to devote himself full-time to speaking and writing. However, in 2004, he returned to congregational ministry at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where he is currently a teaching pastor. On November 16, 2008, he began serving as a guest pastor at the famous Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, California. Maxwell's mentor, Robert H. Schuller, has had a variety of noted evangelical pastors preach at his megachurch since his son, Robert A. Schuller, resigned as senior pastor in 2008. Maxwell has returned to preach at the Crystal Cathedral several times and his messages are broadcast on the Hour of Power television program.
Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author. He is the founder of INJOY, Maximum Impact, ISS and EQUIP, an international leadership development organization working to help leaders. EQUIP is involved with leaders from more than 80 nations. Its mission is "to see effective Christian leaders fulfill the Great Commission in every nation."
Every year Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Football League. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell was one of 25 authors named to Amazon.com's 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. Three of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold over a million copies.
Maxwell serves on the Board of Trustees at Indiana Wesleyan University and has a building named after him there, the Maxwell Center for Business and Leadership.
In May of 2014, Maxwell was named the #1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine. 
- See List of books by John C. Maxwell for a more complete list
- There's No Such Thing as Business Ethics (There's Only ONE RULE for Making Decisions), Publ. 2003, Warner Business Books
- The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, Center Street- 2012
- The 5 Levels of Leadership, Center Street- 2011
- Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently, Thomas Nelson- 2010
- Put Your Dream to the Test, Thomas Nelson– March, 2009
- Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading, Thomas Nelson–March 2008
- The 360° Leader, Thomas Nelson, January 2006 - 1 of Executive Book Summaries 30 Best Business Books in 2003
- Winning With People, Thomas Nelson, December 2004 - 1 of Executive Book Summaries 30 Best Business Books in 2005
- Today Matters, Warner Books, April 2004
- Thinking For a Change, Warner Business Books, March 2003
- Your Road Map for Success, Thomas Nelson, March 2002 (Orig.titled: The Success Journey, Thomas Nelson, 1997)
- The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, Thomas Nelson, August 2001
- Failing Forward–Turning Your Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success, Thomas Nelson, 2000
- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Thomas Nelson, 1998
- Developing the Leaders Around You, Thomas Nelson, 1995 (Repackaged 2003)
- Developing the Leader Within You, Thomas Nelson, 1993 (Repackaged 2001)
- Be a People Person, Cook Communications (Originally Chariot-Victor Books, 1989)
- Be All You Can Be, Cook Communications (Originally Chariot-Victor Books, 1987)
- Make Today Count, Center Street, First Center Street Edition: June 2008
- How Successful People Think (originally published as Thinking for a Change), Center Street, First Center Street Edition: June 2009
- Maxwell, John C. (2013). Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn. Center Street. p. 122. ISBN 9781599953694. "Recently, my assistant, Linda Eggers, asked me if I wanted to see a list of all the books I had written. The big surprise to me was the number of books: Seventy-one! I never dreamed it would be possible."
- "Hardcover Business Bestsellers", New York Times (2006-05-06).
- "Hardcover Business Bestsellers", New York Times (1999-04-11).
- "Detailes del libro que Nicanor le regaló a Fernando Lugo", Ultima Hora (2008-04-28): "John C. Maxwell is a recognized international lecturer on leadership, born in Garden City, Michigan, the United States in 1947.... He has authored over 70 books, which have sold more than 19 million copies. He is the founder of Injoy Stewardship Services and EQUIP, an international non-profit organization which stands for "Encouraging Qualities Underdeveloped in People" [translated from Spanish].
- "EQUIP, Johns Creek, Georgia". ChristianVolunteering.com. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- Jacket notes, inside back flap "The Difference Maker". He is also the recipient of the Go Giver Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011
- "John Maxwell LOVES Andy Albright & NAA!". http://www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
- "Golden Gavel Award". Toastmasters International. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- "Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts". Inc. Magazine. Retrieved May 10, 2014.