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Self-Leadership as the Greatest Leadership Challenge

By: John Maxwell


Self-Leadership Quotes



 "To lead others, first lead yourself."


During a Q&A session at a conference, someone asked, “What has been your greatest challenge as a leader?”

“Leading me!” John Maxwell answered. “That has always been my greatest challenge as a leader.” Some in the audience were surprised by his response. The more experienced leaders were not. Like John, they could trace many of their failures to their own personal leadership mismanagement.

“Human nature seems to endow us with the ability to size up everybody in the world except ourselves... Leading yourself well means that you hold yourself to a higher standard of accountability than others do,” says John Maxwell. That’s why his book Winning with People begins with the Mirror Principle: “The first person we must examine is ourselves... No matter how difficult your problems are, the key to overcoming them doesn't lie in changing your circumstances. It's in changing yourself. That in itself is a process, and it begins with a desire to be teachable.  >>>