40 Stupendous People Person Quotes

John C. Maxwell is an American author, speaker and pastor best known for his multitude of self-help books. Millions of copies of his books have sold worldwide to include the renown, ’21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.’ Having served as a senior pastor for 14 years, Maxwell commonly speaks on many expert topic to include leadership and Christianity. Here is a look some of the top People Person quotes from his book, ‘Be a People Person.’

“A forgiving spirit is the one basic, necessary ingredient for a solid relationship. Forgiveness.”

“A leader with confidence is a leader who brings out positive changes in people.”

“A person who possesses this characteristic and keeps score in relationships is a person who is emotionally wired to carry all the stress that goes with carrying grudges.”

“As people gain more authority, they often develop a lack of patience in listening to those under them. A deaf ear is the first indication of a closed mind.”

“Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are in making them feel good about you.”

“Charismatic people not only want to win, they want others to win too. That creates productivity.”


“How does a person become productive? Find your strength and then find someone who needs your strength.”

“How we view a person is reflected by how we treat a person.”

“If you are to become more sensitive, you must be willing to take a risk. Take the initiative to find a need and take action.”

“If you don’t have peace, it isn’t because someone took it from you; you gave it away. You cannot always control what happens to you, but you can control what happens in you.”

“If you really want to be an uncommon leader, you’re going to have to find a way to get much of your vision seen, implemented, and added to by others.”

“It’s a simple thing to offer encouragement, but it can have a tremendous effect on someone’s life.”

“Leaders who are effective are leaders who are disciplined in their daily lives.”

“Most of us think wonderful things about people, but they never know it. Too many of us tend to be tight-fisted with our praise. It’s of no value if all you do is think it; it becomes valuable when you impart it.”

“People must have affirmation and praise in order to maintain a high level of performance. Withholding negative or critical comments is not nearly as important as giving positive input through compliments and praise.”

“People who are busy rowing seldom have time to rock the boat.”

“People who do not believe in themselves have trouble believing in others.”

“People who do not forgive are hurting themselves much more than they’re hurting others.”

“Quit pointing your finger and making excuses, and try being a catalyst by demonstrating and initiating the appropriate behavior. Determine not to be a reactor but an initiator.”

“Realize that the guys who criticize will minimize the guys whose enterprise rises above the guys who criticize and minimize.”

“Remember that success is just 15 percent product knowledge and it’s 85 percent people knowledge.”

“Success for the leader is a single victory. However, when the protégé experiences success, it becomes a double win.”

“The best way to become a person that others are drawn to is to develop qualities that we are attracted to in others.”

“The best way to develop rational, well-balanced confidence is to go after a few victories immediately following a failure.”

“The first key to greatness,” Socrates reminds us, “is to be in reality what we appear to be.”

“The goal of confrontation should be to help, not to humiliate.”

“The happiest people are those who have invested their time in others. The unhappiest people are those who wonder how the world is going to make them happy.”

“The key to working smarter is knowing the difference between motion and direction. In the final analysis, results are what matter; attendance and activity don’t.”

“The measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve him but the number of people he serves.”

“The number-one reason most people lose arguments is not because they’re wrong; it’s because they don’t know when to quit.”

“There are five nonnegotiable characteristics that every effective leader must have: a sense of calling, an ability to communicate, creativity in problem solving, generosity, and consistency.”

“There is nothing more tragic than when a Christian leader loses God’s anointing on his life by allowing himself to become sidetracked. There is no higher violation of God’s trust. For when a leader stumbles, others fall.”

“There’s a difference between hearing people and listening to them.”

“They bless us with their love and joy through everything they give. When special people touch our lives they teach us how to live.”

“Uniformity is not the key to successful teamwork. The glue that holds a team together is unity of purpose.”

“We need to decide how we want to be treated. Then we need to begin treating others in that manner.”

“What’s the key to relating to others? It’s putting yourself in someone else’s place instead of putting them in their place.”

“When you develop confidence, those around you—friends, family, and associates—will increase in their own confidence levels. Confidence breeds confidence.”

“When you realize that people treat you according to how they see themselves rather than how you really are, you are less likely to be affected by their behavior.”

“You cannot always control what happens to you, but you can control what happens in you.”

Here is an interview with John C Maxwell as he discusses the value and importance of personal development and the most indispensable qualities of becoming a leader that others will want to follow. With millions of his books sold and New York Times Best Seller, Maxwell knows a think or two about being a people person.

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