People often asked me if John Maxwell’s leadership principles work in corporate world. Their question came from the fact that John’s background is from religion. In fact, John often said that his leadership principles came from the bible.
My short answer: it works. How do I know?
I have no other way of knowing but experiencing it myself. I basically did what John quoted above: goes the way. I am the proof. Prior to 2015, I had always been trying to be the smartest guy in the room. Even though I was a manager, I still tried to be smarter than my team. I told them what to do and how to do it. I hit a plateau. I was wondering why I kept working harder, I did not get better results. Since early 2015, I have applied John’s teaching to my work and my life. I have built better relationships with my teams and people in my organization. I have created better relationships with family, friends, and even strangers. My team’s productivities have continuously improved as the result of applying John’s teachings. The last three teams I have led experienced productivity jumping between 150% and 200%. I built better teams. My team members are happier because we understand each other and share the common goals.
Now the magic doesn’t stop there. When a team member needs help, I would ask questions to get a good understanding. Then I offer coaching on one of John’s leadership systems. In 3 months short, the person was basically transformed.
John advocated that the best test of leadership is to lead a group of volunteers. Since 2015, I took this test to the heart. I led with no leverage (of title or position or force).
Statistically, John Maxwell is the #1 leadership and management expert in the world. He was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. 98% of John’s books are sold to business world, not the church. He sold over 26 million books. John has 5 companies. His coaching company (which I am part of) has over 10,000 coaches all over the world.
John led a team of coaches to transform Guatemala and Paraguay. Many other countries invited him to transform their leadership. Every year John speaks to a group of Fortune 500.
Now you get the idea whether John’s teachings work in the corporate world or not. Pick up one of his books, read, and apply. My recommendation is to start with 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.