Leadership Wisdom from Dr. Melvin Maxwell


Mentors significantly affect all of our lives. Their counsel and wisdom over time are a beacon of light to guide our personal development and growth as people and leaders.

Dr. Melvin Maxwell was the father and mentor of Dr.John C. Maxwell, arguably the foremost leadership expert in the world. John Maxwell often quoted learnings from his father in his teachings. Dr. Melvin Maxwell was an accomplished leader.  He served in various phases of ministry for 75 years. Dr. Melvin Maxwell pastored in Michigan and Ohio and was responsible for overseeing 165 churches. He was also involved in starting 40 new churches. He was also the President of Ohio Christian University.

3 Principles on Serving & Leading People

Dr Melvin Maxwell died on July 4th at age 98. John Maxwell, in eulogizing his father, shared with the audience present and online (johnmaxwell.com) stories about his father and three principles his father had shared with him about leadership success when he had graduated from college. John noted these three principles had guided his leadership development and teachings to this day. These principles are all about a leaders mindset and are as follows:

  1. Value all people  
  2. Believe in all people.
  3. Lead and serve all people with unconditional love.

The aforementioned three principles are as valuable today as they were when Dr.John C. Maxwell first received them in the late 1960s. These three principles may, in fact, be more critical for leaders in any organization and at any level today. Leading in an uncertain environment of pandemic and social and economic unrest requires that leaders value, believe, and serve and lead all people with unconditional love. These are profoundly simple principles that are difficult to commit to intentionally.

The way organizations will likely thrive or wilt will depend in considerable measure by how well we as leaders follow Dr. Melvin Maxwell’s advice in our leadership. These three principles can be a light to go forward in our organizations and society to achieve a new better normal for all people. 

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.”

Dr. John C.Maxwell

Thank You, Dr Melvin Maxwell, for the three principles of valuing, believing in, and treating all people with unconditional love as we serve and lead. 

Thank you for your wisdom and legacy.

John Maxwell and his Dad at Christ Fellowship Church - YouTube

Leadership question for you:

How do you intentionally act on these three principles as a leader?

John Hackett, Ed. D

John Hackett, Ed. D is a servant leader who helps people and organizations move from where they are to where they want to be. John is an accomplished and experienced coach, trainer, writer, and leader in a variety of educational and other nonprofit and direct sales settings. He is a growing, learning entrepreneur in coaching and training who is passionate about equipping leaders to develop other leaders to serve. John is a certified trainer and coach with the Direct Selling World Alliance. John is a coach for the FUSE Business Training and a member of the John Maxwell team!


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