John Maxwell is a New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker often called the country’s No. 1 leadership authority. He was identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014 and has been voted the top leadership professional six years in a row on

Three of Maxwell’s books — “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” “Developing the Leader Within You” and “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader” — have each sold over 1 million copies.

After growing up in Michigan, Maxwell attended Ohio Christian University and then received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. He was a pastor for more than 30 years before devoting himself full time to speaking and writing.