Influences

John Maxwell
In my humble opinion, John Maxwell’s book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is hands down the best source on leadership. This was one of the first books I read when stepping into the professional world, and it laid the foundation for who I am today.

Mr. Maxwell has enough material on leadership to keep you busy for a very long time.  Whether you pick up one of his books, subscribe to the Leadership Wired newsletter, or listen to his podcast, you simply can’t go wrong.

Andy Stanley
Mr Stanley’s is the founder of North Point Ministries, which is an Atlanta-based church with more than 30 facilities.  His podcast is a staple of mine. His common-sense approach to mentoring and relationships is spot on, and I encourage you to check out his material.

Ty Bennett
Ty Bennett built a very successful business at a young age, and since then has been speaking and writing about various leadership topics.  I had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Bennett speak at the 2014 Day of Excellence in Rapid City, SD. He taught us to be “interested, not interesting” which is a fantastic approach to conversations.  Check out his book The Power of Influence which is a great resource on building relationships.

Jim Collins
Mr. Collins is well known for his landmark book Good to Great, which analyzes several companies and identifies which factors separated the great from the good.  The book is fantastic in itself, but more so you’ll find yourself trying to identify these same factors in your daily job. Knowing the difference between good and great in anything we do empowers us to be the best we can.

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