Message from John Maxwell
Welcome to the iChoose leadership values program! Every day, people ask me how they can make their world better. They want to know what they need to do to improve their lives, their career, their family, their business, their neighborhood or community, and even their country. No matter the environment, my answer is always the same: start by improving yourself! How? By making good choices. If we want the world to be a better place, we need to become better people. We need to be the change we want to see. We do this by becoming intentional about our choices. When we do that, we put ourselves in a place where we can add value to ourselves and others.
I personally want to invite you to join this exciting process. You are being welcomed to facilitate an environment that can dramatically impact the lives of teenagers for the better. This will occur over the next several weeks in small groups of students that you will serve and guide. During this time, you will oversee, listen, and encourage your students while they learn, share, and apply the 16 leadership values that will help them to become better people.
One of the most significant discoveries of my life was realizing that wise choices today put “change in the pocket” for future choices. You can’t change yesterday. You can’t count on tomorrow. But you can choose what you do today.
Every day, students will be faced with choices in one or more of these 16 areas. The decisions they choose to make in those moments may seem small at the time, but when added together, they create a course for their lives.
As you embark on this small group process, you will discover students learning and leading one another. It may be a little messy at first, but I encourage you to dive into the messiness, and watch your students find rhythm with each other as the lessons move on.
Thank you for your support of the iChoose program and for making an investment in your youth — the future leaders of our world.
John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world's most influential leadership expert by Inc. in 2014. His organizations — The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation — have trained millions of leaders touching every nation.