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Monday, August 22, 2016 12:41 pm

True leadership adds value to people, author John Maxwell says

Lisa Green | The Journal Gazette

Add value.

It doesn't get any simpler than that.

But those simple words come from one of the best known authors, leadership expert John C. Maxwell. He spoke on the topic of "The One Thing to Get Right" during this month's Global Leadership Summit, which is broadcast via satellite to hundreds of locations, including Fort Wayne.

Before a leader can lead anyone, he has to "find the person," Maxwell said. Intentionally and every day, a leader should add value to people. "It's the core of leadership."

"Are you adding value to people or are you wanting people to add value to you? There's a thin line in leadership," Maxwell said. "There's a thin line between motivating people and manipulating people."

The questions in the minds of followers, he said, are:

* Do you like me? (Why would they follow someone who doesn't like them?)

* Can you help me?

* Can I trust you? (It's about character.)

When we add value "on a consistent basis things become absolutely amazing," Maxwell said.

When it comes to leadership, accomplishments and growth, Maxwell provided a visual illustration. "Everything worthwhile is uphill," he said. The irony, though, is "people have uphill hopes and they have downhill habits."

The only way to break a downhill habit is to get intentional in our life.

"No one has ever spoken about accidental achievement," Maxwell said.

Significance is not about you, it's about others. Selfishness and significance, he added, are incompatible.

Maxwell said he teaches intentional living because, "Most people don't lead their life. They accept their life."

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