When I started my very first job as a pastor, my senior pastor said, “Have you ever heard of John Maxwell? You need to listen to his Injoy Life Club tapes.” I think that was some of the best advice that I received in my early days of ministry. My husband and I would listen to tape after tape when we would drive in our car. (I know I am dating myself by admitting they were in the form of ‘tape cassettes’.)
Today I still listen to CDs, mp3’s and audio books by John Maxwell. I have many of his DVD training kits on leadership and teamwork that I use when I teach my students in my Children’s Ministry Courses at Emmanuel Bible College. His material is jam packed with great wisdom about leadership.
One of the audio cassettes (which I have converted to MP3) is called, “Eleven Keys to Excellence”. There is a version of this talk on YouTube. The last part is missing, but you get most of the content.
Here are the Eleven Keys that John teaches in this talk:
1. Value excellence
2. Don’t settle for average
3. Pay attention to detail
4. Develop a deep commitment to excellence
5. Possess ethics and integrity
6. Show genuine respect for others
7. Go the second mile
8. Be consistent
9. Never stop improving
10. Always give 110%
11. Make excellence a lifestyle
If you come across any of John’s material, take the time to read it or listen to it. Time well invested in growing your leadership.