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Infinite Possibilities Ltd proudly announces our Leadership Con-
ference on June 10, 2014 at the National Academy for the Performing
Arts featuring prolific author, speaker, coach and leadership expert,
John C Maxwell.
Dr Maxwell is an internationally renowned leadership expert, coach,
and author with more than 22 million books sold. He founded The
John Maxwell Company and EQUIP, organisations that have trained
more than five million leaders in 185 countries. Every year he speaks
to Fortune 500 and 100 companies, international government leaders,
and organisations such as the United States Military Academy at
West Point, the NFL, and the United Nations.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-
selling author, Maxwell s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership has
sold more than two million copies. Developing the Leader Within
You and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold
more than one million copies.
We are honoured that Dr Maxwell has agreed to speak at this con-
ference in T&T, as this will be
the first time that he has visited
our shores for such a purpose.
We are certain that his presence
here and the teachings he will
impart will contribute immea-
surably to the further develop-
ment of our leaders, business
people, entrepreneurs and stu-
As a developing country,
there are many challenges faced,
one of the core being inadequate
leadership capabilities in indi-
viduals in varying fields and
positions. This lack can be due
to insufficient, or inadequate
role models to emulate, knowl-
edge and skill gaps in the per-
son, or a number of other fac-
tors unique to the individual s
To progress beyond a devel-
oping country status, all members of society need to be aware and
strive to uplift the nation. Leaders can be held responsible for the
proper steering of the country in this direction, as they control and
direct all the resources, both human and otherwise to ensure maximum
efficiency and productivity. For this conference, Dr Maxwell will be
discussing the content of his book, The Five Levels of Leadership,
which explains that all leaders fall into one of five levels. These
teachings allow you to identify which level you re currently at, and
what needs to be done to move forward to the ideal leadership level
for your personal and organisation goals.
Dr Maxwell lives by the view that, "My life purpose has been
adding value to others to make a difference with people who want
to make a difference doing something that will make a difference in
the lives of others."
While many have read the books outlining these leadership principles,
it is Dr Maxwell s exemplary effectiveness as a speaker, that allows
the knowledge to penetrate the psyche of every member of his
audience. His charisma, and ability to relate the teachings to real
world examples ensures that every attendee connects the teachings
with his life, and leadership level.
This leadership conference is a one-day event, with Dr Maxwell
being the speaker for the entire duration. This is to ensure all par-
ticipants get the maximum benefit.
There will also be a book signing subsequent to the conference,
where participants will have the opportunity to get their copy signed
by Dr Maxwell. Blink/Bmobile, Guardian Media Ltd, Keith Khan s
Books Etc Ltd and Blue Waters are the corporate sponsors for this
Guardian partners with
to bring leadership
guru John Maxwell
Awhile back, I was doing a question
and answer session for members of
my John Maxwell Team of certified
coaches. And I got a great question
from a gentleman named Billy. He
asked a question that s becoming
more and more common: how do
you gather and lead a leadership
A generation ago, people asked questions about managing
organisations. As people discovered the importance of lead-
ership, people s focus began to change. They understood
that leadership can make or break an organisation and, as
a result, many people began to development themselves as
Today we re experiencing another shift: team leadership.
Good leaders are realising that they need more than a
group of followers to support them. They understand that
they need to develop a team of gifted leaders who com-
plement one another and lead together.
So how do you direct a group of strong leaders? I think
you must start by doing three things:
1. Communicate a compelling vision. There s an American
expression, where you say that leading a certain group is
"like herding cats." The idea is that actually herding a group
of cats would be next to impossible, because they re so
Leading strong leaders can be like herding cats. They
want to follow their own agendas. So the only way to get
them to come together and go in the same direction is to
have a vision -- one that is more compelling than the
ambition of each individual.
2. Earn the respect of good leaders. The most talented
leaders won t just follow or partner with anyone. They
want to be on the team of someone who is better than they
are.If you want good leaders to follow you, you need to earn
their respect through character and competence. You need
to keep your word and deliver the goods. And if you re the
team s leader, you need to make sure everyone else does
3. Position team members well. You will not experience
positive team leadership unless every person on the team
has a role, and he or she excels at it.
On a football team, everyone needs to know who plays
what position. And if you re the quarterback, you need to
know not only where you fit into the team as a whole---
what your unique contribution is---but you need to know
the role of every other play on offense.
If you re trying to assemble and lead a leadership team,
keep these keys in mind. And if you re not leading the team
yourself, make sure that the person leading is strong enough
to get people going in the right direction, and secure enough
to give them room to strive and excel.
I joke about herding cats, because of the image that comes
to mind of a group of housecats doing their own thing.
However, with good leadership, the picture could be that
of a pride of lions working together on a hunt. They all
share the same goal, they know their individual roles, they
depend upon one another, and they work together powerfully.
When those things happen, they are a force to be reckoned
Look out for our upcoming articles, where we will
discuss these levels of leadership as explained by Dr
Maxwell, as well as share more details on this eagerly
On leading leaders
JOHN C MAXWELL
Good leaders are realising that they
need more than a group of followers
to support them. They understand
that they need to develop a team of
gifted leaders who complement one
another and lead together.
Leadership is not a noun. It's a
verb. It's action. It's moving.
---John C Maxwell
JOHN C MAXWELL
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