John C. Maxwell’s 5 Steps to Leading People Intentionally

Today finishing up John C. Maxwell’s Intentional Living and preparing for this week’s book Born to Win by Zig Ziglar, I’m excited for the new year. I, like most people, have made some New Years resolutions or goals for the year. Of course since reading leaderships books these past three months for the blog every week, I’ve changed how I see my resolutions a little. I still have goals that I want to accomplish, but I’m realizing now how my daily habits affects those goals more than anything. Therefore, I’ve decided to really focus on working on some habit changes, like morning and night routines.

I really want to make an impact this year, more than I ever have before. Because of the current climate of politics and certain news media outlets I have been extremely frustrated with how leadership is viewed in this country. And although I may not be able to change that, this is what I can do. I can change myself. I can also point others who have it on their heart to lead people, to those who know more about it than I do, people like John C. Maxwell, Brene Brown, and Doris Kearns Goodwin. This is what motivates me to read weekly and encourage others to do so as well.

I understand that a book a week is kind of crazy. But so is this world and so is the work it’s going to take for our leadership in this country to be developed again. I’m ready for morals and the high road to be en vogue again. Communication to be about love for people and what’s right instead of a trending hashtag.

Here’s John Maxwell’s 5 steps…

John C. Maxwell’s 5 Steps to Leading People Intentionally¹

  1. Appreciate People
  2. Listen to People’s Stories (Ask Them!)
  3. Put Yourself in Their Shoes
  4. Make People’s Interests Your Priority
  5. Win as a Team

What does intentional leading look like? I think the best summary of it in John’s book I found here…

“When I first started out in my career, I thought that helping people meant trying to change them. So I made that my goal. I wanted to teach messages that would take people to a higher place in their lives… …I didn’t yet understand that people don’t change because you want them to. They change because they want to, and it happens only when they’re ready to. If we want to help others then we must first help ourselves. If we want to change the world, then we must change. People can’t be agents of change unless they’ve gone through positive change themselves. I learned that I had to travel within before I travelled without… …If I wanted to see others transformed, I had to be transformed. I had to do the hard work myself.”

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Let me know if this article struck a chord with you int he comments below.  I want help you reach your goals with this blog. Have a book idea? List it in the comments as well.

Sarah Jackson

Vigilant Poster Girl


  1. Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell Pg 118 – 122
  2. Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell Pg 123


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