Champion Leadership Tip #35 – A Quote from Leadership Expert John Maxwell

A few weeks ago a colleague gave me an audio CD copy of a keynote address by leadership expert John Maxwell. On a drive over this past holiday weekend I listened to it and found in his opening remarks a couple of great points I thought would work well within my Champion Leadership Tips.

Below is a summary of Maxwell’s quote which I think has great value for all aspiring and experienced leaders:

“One of the first things you will realize as a leader is how disappointed you will get. Disappointed of the people you thought that would that don’t, the people that could but can’t. You’re gonna get real disappointed…

Leadership isn’t for the faint hearted. I’m gonna tell you something, if you’ve got a very big dream with a Mt. Everest type of goal there will be an amazing amount fo casualties along the way. And it will take its toll on you.

The fine line in leadership is the ability to love people that hurt you without being cynical about people. To keep that spirit of caring and empathy and unconditional love when in reality you want to smack someone!”

I know many of my clients prior to us working together often times act out on their desire to smack someone, usually not literally but figuratively and most often times with their language and communication style.

That’s why I wrote the white paper “The 7 Deadly Sins of Organizational Leadership Communication.”

If you haven’t read it yet, I strongly recommend getting the white paper available as a free download at

’til next time, make it a great week!

skip weisman, helping leaders motivate employees to improve organizational performance