John C. Maxwell: A Servant Leader for Transformation

        There are many types of leaders throughout the world who personify their respective types of leadership.  John C. Maxwell personifies the transformational and servant leader. By definition, according to Penn State University Canvas Instructure, Transformational leadership is a process that changes and transforms individuals and Servant Leadership is about meeting the needs of followers. (PSU Instructure, n.d.)  The common point of these two leadership theories is the acknowledgment of the needs and emotions of individuals within a team or organization.  These leadership styles may draw much more appreciation by a larger number of followers.

        John C. Maxwell, Founder of the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team (JMT), EQUIP, and the John C. Maxwell Leadership Foundation ( 2018), is one of the premier leadership thought leaders in the world for the past 40 years.  The John Maxwell Team is the organization that has certified over 20,000 independent coaches, trainers, and speakers all over the world.  Over 6 million leaders in every nation of the world. (, 2018) Prior to entering the personal development industry, served as a pastor in several states in the U.S.  His last pastoral assignment was as senior pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, CA

        As a transformational and servant leader, Maxwell has trained and developed leaders in dozens of industries to include Google, Microsoft, Amazon, the U.S. Government, and all military branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

        Western Michigan University professor emeritus of Communication in the School of Communication, Peter G. Northouse, Ph.D. writes, “Transformational leadership has an addictive effect; it moves followers to accomplish more than what is usually expected of them.  They become motivated to transcend their own self-interests for the good of the group or organization.” (Northouse, 2018)  Maxwell certainly transcends his own self-interests, indicated by his more than 50 years of public work in transforming and serving others as a leader. If a transformational leader has an addictive effect, then the thousands who follow Maxwell’s leadership teachings have passed on the exponential effect of his wisdom.

        John Maxwell’s key message of adding value to others has spread around the world through the work of those who follow him as certified coaches and trainers.  Many JMT coaches will tell you they are empowered to add value to as many people as possible because Maxwell, himself, add value into their lives.  To continue Maxwell’s work is to put the self-interests secondary to the opportunity and privilege of adding value to our fellow human being.


References (2018) My purpose. Retrieved from

Northouse, P. G. (2018). Leadership: Theory and practice (8th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

PSU. L01 Looking at Leadership through Many Lenses. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://psu.

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