What Separates Leaders from Followers? DESIRE

By John Maxwell, in the “Maxwell Leadership Bible”

Good leaders seem to know what steps to take into a bright future. But what enables them to know what to do? How do they differ from followers? Proverbs 2 tells us the key difference may be desire. We all must answer three great questions in life:

1. What do we want?

2. Why do we want it?

3. How badly do we want it?

Consider the phrases Proverbs 2:1-4 uses to talk about the passionate search for wisdom as a leader.

Proverbs 2 1) My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, 2) So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3) Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4) If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;

· Receive my words, (v. 1)

· Reassure my commands, (v. 1)

· Incline your ear to wisdom, ( v. 2)

· Apply your heart to understanding, (v. 2)

· Cry out for discernment, (v. 3)

· Lift up your voice for understanding, (v. 3)

· Seek her as sliver, (v. 4)

· Search for her as for hidden treasure, (v. 4)

Good leaders hunt for wisdom as though it were diamonds and rubies. So – what are you searching for today?

About the author

John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 16 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and audiences as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and ambassadors at the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell was named the World's Top Leadership Guru by Leadershipgurus.net. He was also one of only 25 authors and artists named to Amazon.com's 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. Three of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold over a million copies. Find out more at http://www.johnmaxwell.com

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