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The power of mentorship cannot be underestimated. Through this I have learnt that what I do more often than not affects people in places far and wide. As many of you are aware, I have been an ardent reader and follower of John Maxwell. In fact, many of his books guide what I do as a person and I have endeavored to share the same with those whose lives I have impacted.

It was therefore a heartwarming idea to hear that the John Maxwell would be in Nairobi albeit for a short while. My wife and I were delighted at the prospect of having a chance to meet this great man who in many ways continues to inspire generations not just in leadership but including spiritual growth and empowerment.

The opportune meeting at a Nairobi hotel also provided a great chance to meet up with various leaders many of whom have left their footprint in society. The soft spoken Bishop Phillip Kitoto who was recently appointed the General Secretary of the Kenya Assemblies of God continued to inspire me as a down to earth leader.

johnmaxwellHe had opened the space not just for those who go to his church which is the ICC Ministries, but the wider majority including the Reverend Judy Mbugua of the Homecare Spiritual Fellowship and Rev. Ambrose Nyangao the Senior Pastor at Parklands Baptist Church, just to name but a few.

Looking across the room, I saw people who through what they do daily, have the capacity to transform individuals, families, the society, the nation anand even the entire world. Then the man of the moment finally stood up to speak and at first one imagines that with all the impact he has had on society over the years, he would be imposing and obnoxious! But Maxwell is nothing like the magnet that he is.

have read at least 10 of John Maxwell’s books and for sure they have transformed my life. It would not be fair to know something that empowers as is the case with the wisdom I have got from his books. This is what advised our decision to also share the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership at which Maxwell is at the center of because his book with the same title has sold over 1 million copies and still selling.

Of course I have also chosen a great mantra to live by that is on the most part guided by the leadership principles of John Maxwell. As you may have seen from my profile I intend to also move the mountain by authoring at least 45 books in my lifetime. A small fete, once achieved, if I am to compare myself with Maxwell who has written many books – his first being authored in 1979 titled, ‘Think of These Things’.

For a man as humble as Maxwell, it is hard to believe that he has achieved so much in his 71 years of life! A quick preview of some of his greatest achievements include the fact that he speaks annually to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Football League.

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, he was one of 25 authors named to’s 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. Maxwell serves on the Board of Trustees at Indiana Wesleyan University and has a building named after him there, the Maxwell Center for Business and Leadership. In May 2014, Maxwell was named the No. 1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine.

George Wachiuri is an Entrepreneur, a Philanthropist, a Motivational Speaker and the CEO, Optiven Group. To get more details on how you can invest with Optiven Ltd. Kindly talk to us via

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