Skip to content

5 Takeaways from the Launch of The Leader’s Greatest Return

By John C. Maxwell | January 29, 2020
5 Takeaways from the Launch of The Leader’s Greatest Return

Here are my top five takeaways from The Leader’s Greatest Return panel:

  1. Conversations on leadership should be inclusive. Yesterday’s panel was so much fun because it was composed of such different people. My story was very different from Adrienne’s, hers was different from Tom’s, who’s story was different from Dave’s and Gerard’s. By bringing that wide range of experience, insight, and interest to the stage, our conversation was able to go places no one could’ve imagined—and yielded so many great thoughts I wanted to stop talking midway through so I could take notes!
  2. Only growing leaders can (or will) grow leaders. Dave Hollis said it so brilliantly when he shared a story about how he addressed his leadership team at the Hollis Co. Dave said that when he assembled the team, he told them, “No one currently at this leadership table has the skills needed to remain at this table five years from now. Including me. If we want to stay, we must grow.” It’s no secret that I’m a huge believer in growth, but to hear my fellow leaders affirm that their own personal growth precedes their ability to grow other leaders did my heart good.
  3. Leaders must give their people what they need. We had a spirited discussion about what the people on our teams need from us. Adrienne made the point that restoring heart to leadership—kindness, empathy, human connection—was what modern workers needed most, and Tom chimed in, “Yeah, but a good salary and stock options aren’t so bad either!” While we all laughed, I thought Dave did a wonderful job of tying it together by saying, “The basic needs of an employee include a paycheck but go beyond it as well—our people want to be seen and treated well.”
  4. Mentorship matters. One of the best conversations of the day was around mentorship—who we mentor, who mentored us, and what we learned by being mentored. Gerard said something so profound, something I wish everyone would just write down and remember: “I wanted to be a mentee who brought value to my mentor.” I love that statement, because it reminded me of my relationship with Coach John Wooden—whenever I went to see Coach, I always wanted to be prepared so he would see how much I valued his time and wanted to make it valuable for him too. I didn’t meet with him for the chance to get a picture or a signed basketball; I wanted to have a relationship with him that would make a difference in both of our lives.
  5. Attitude is the difference maker. One of the final things we discussed was what to look for in a leader, and Tom said something I just loved: “When it comes to people, I hire for attitude and train for skill every time.” The whole panel lit up over that idea, because that’s so often what hinders a person’s opportunities in leadership. You can find people whose skill sets complement and support one another; a small skill set isn’t a deal breaker. But a person with a negative attitude is nearly impossible to overcome. People with a healthy mindset, a positive outlook, and a willingness to grow are exactly the kind of people who will learn a new skill if that’s what it takes to help the team win.

There were a lot more takeaways that I could share, but it’s probably better for you to just click on the link and watch the video for yourself. And once you do, I’d love for you to post your favorite takeaway in the comments so I can learn from you as well!

John Maxwell Leadership Podcast

More Articles

Do I Believe The Best In Others?
By Mark Cole | March 1, 2022

Do I Believe The Best In Others?

By John C. Maxwell | October 6, 2021


The 5 Key Resilience Traits You Need Right Now
By Valorie Burton | September 21, 2021

The 5 Key Resilience Traits You Need Right Now

3 thoughts on "5 Takeaways from the Launch of The Leader’s Greatest Return"

  • 5 conclusiones sobre LIDERAZGO de JOHN MAXWELL y de otros expertos | Multinivel y Network Marketing says: February 12, 2020 at 9:36 am

    […] Vía | John Maxwell […]

  • The Top 10 Leadership Posts I Read The Week Of February 10th | Brian Dodd on Leadership says: February 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    […] 5 Takeaways From The Launch Of The Leader’s Greatest Return by John Maxwell […]

  • Matthew Berry says: April 7, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Hello Dr. Maxwell,

    I just finished reading this book, actually, it’s the first book of all the books I have read (audiobooks primarily) in my personal Maxwell Journey. I am so glad I did. I heard during one of your recent Leadership podcasts this year with Mark Cole on how you approached your personal growth plan you implemented. Read a book and highlight and notes. Then re-read and go through your notes and highlights, file and reflect. So during these difficult times I have committed myself to two things 1) Actually read books – started off every morning reading at least a chapter or section. and 2) I joined your John Maxwell Team.

    It was the culmination of that which lead to the following a few days ago:

    I had listened to Mr. Christian Simpson (Teaching Call) and just finished my daily read “Leaders Greatest Return” and felt compelled to write this down. So I wrote it in the book and shared with my peers sharing in my journey:


    I just want to say that you have been one of the greatest influences in my life. I have been all in ever since listening to the first book. So I want to just say Thank you. I look forward to being one of the many “legs of your legacy” as part of the Maxwell Team.

    Humbled by having you as a friend,
    Matt Berry

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *