My Favorite Quotes From John Maxwell’s Book “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions”

Cesar Romero
4 min readApr 6, 2015

“The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer.” -Thomas J. Watson

“The greatest problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.” -George Bernard Shaw

“A major stimulant to creative thinking is focused questions.” -Brian Tracy

“Any leader who asks the right questions of the right people has the potential to discover and develop great ideas.” -John Maxwell

“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” -Anthony Robbins

“I write books to influence people I will never meet. Books increase my audience and my message.” -Les Parrott

“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the only one who asked why.” -Bernard Baruch

“Good questions inform; great questions transform.” -John Maxwell

“While personal maturity may mean being able to see beyond yourself, leadership maturity means considering others before yourself.” -John Maxwell

“You will never be able to bet on yourself unless you believe in yourself.” -John Maxwell

“My friends didn't believe I could become a successful speaker, so I did something about it. I went out and found some new friends.” -Joe Larson

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” -Albert Schweitzer

“Humility is not denying your strengths. Humility is being honest about your weaknesses.” -Rick Warren

“A team is a group of people who may not be equal in experience, talent, or education but in commitment.” -Patricia Fripp

“The freedom to do your own thing ends when you have obligations and responsibilities.” -Lou Holtz

“Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities he does not posses.” -Samuel Johnson

“The unexamined leader is not worth following.” -John Maxwell

“Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut and listen.” -Robert Newton Peck

“Effective listening requires more than hearing the words transmitted. It demands that you find meaning and understanding in what is being said. After all, meaning are not in words but in people.” -Herb Cohen

“Being heard is so close to being loved, that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” -David W. Augsburger

“One of the best way to persuade others is with your ears.” -John Maxwell

“Most of us tend to suffer from Agenda Anxiety, the feeling that what we want to say to others is more important than what we think they might want to say to us.” -Nido Qubein

“Good leaders ask great questions that inspire others to dream more, think more, learn more, do more, and become more.” -John Maxwell

“Experiences isn't the best teacher — evaluated experience is.” -John Maxwell

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” -Andrew Carnegie

“When values, thoughts, feelings, and actions are in alignment, a person becomes focused and character is strengthened.” -John Maxwell

“Leadership is developed, not discovered.” -John Maxwell

“A life isn't significant except for its impact upon other lives.” -Jackie Robinson

“If you’re Noah, and your ark is about to sink, look for the elephants first, because you can throw over a bunch of cats, dogs, squirrels, and everything else that is just a small animal and your ark will keep sinking. But if you can find one elephant to get overboard, you’re in much better shape.” -Vilfredo Pareto

“You are not made in a crisis; you are revealed. When you squeeze an orange, you get orange juice; when you squeeze a lemon, you get lemon juice; when a human being gets squeezed, you get what’s inside — positive or negative.” -Jack Kinder

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” -John Maxwell

“It takes humility to seek feedback. It takes wisdom to understand it, analyze it and appropriately act on it.” -Stephen Covey

“Good people always rise to your level of expectation.” -John Maxwell

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. The factor is attitude.” -William James

“I can’t raise the bar of others if I haven’t raised the bar for myself.” -John Maxwell

“How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours.” -Wayne W. Dyer

“A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the toughest road. A person with no purpose will make no progress on even the smoothest road.” -Thomas Carlyle

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt



Cesar Romero

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