John Maxwell’s 7 Characteristics of a Leader

Harrison Wendland
6 min readJun 10, 2020

The best way to create leaders isn’t to mold them in any way or create them, the best way to create leaders is to find people with leadership potential and then continue to encourage them.

There are a number of people who do a great job managing others but they’re not leaders.

The thing about many people is that they can NEVER be leaders with who they are today… they can’t even lead themselves!! How could you ever lead someone else if you can’t even lead yourself?

You see an unorganized and disheveled company? Look up the ranks for the unorganized and disheveled leader.

You see selfish team members only focusing on themselves? Look up the ranks for the selfish and greedy leader.

You see an optimistic and organized group? Look up the ranks for the visionary leader who knows how to make goals tangible.

As the old adage goes, “Show me what you do and I’ll tell you what you believe in.”

Do you truly believe in investing in others? SHOW IT.


There is no other way.

Research shows time and time and time again that to be a great leader you truly must LEAD.



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