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About Mike Nwankwo

As Founder & CEO of Apogee Leadership Group, LLC and an Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team, Mike is certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, he is equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability.

Know Your Purpose and Live It

Many very successful people know what they were born to do (personal mission) and why they were called to do it (personal purpose). I wrote about developing your own personal mission statement. Now I shall share a few thoughts about discovering your purpose and living purposefully. It answers the question, “Why am I here?” In […]


“Leadership has less to do with position than it does disposition.” – John Maxwell What kind of disposition/personality traits do you look for in a good leader? Remember the adage, “Your attitude determines your altitude”. Similarly, a team’s or organization’s collective attitude can negatively or positively affect its altitude. As a leader, what do others […]


“A leader is great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John Maxwell Name a time that you were able to convince someone that they were capable of doing something they might have thought they were incapable of before. Good leaders lift others up. They empower others. Bad […]


“If you want to be a leader, the good new is that you can do it. Everyone has the potential, but is isn’t accomplished overnight. It requires perseverance.” – John Maxwell Leadership is about more than just charisma – it’s about listening, connecting, and inspiring, too.  

Privilege at Work

Considering Your Privilege Makes You a Better Colleague Another great tip from Harvard Business Review (read the entire article at https://hbr.org/2021/08/talk-about-privilege-at-work). We all benefit from some degree of privilege — whether it’s related to your race, gender, abilities, class, or other factors. These facets of our identity are part of our professional lives, whether we […]

Leveraging Resources

“Leaders see everything with a leadership bias. Their focus is on mobilizing people and leveraging resources to achieve their goals. Leaders who want to succeed maximize every asset and resource they have for the benefit of their organization. For that reason, They are continually aware of what they have at their disposal.” – John Maxwell. […]

Adopt a More Systematic Approach to D&I

Diversity and inclusion have risen to the top of many companies’ priorities in the past year. But progress has been slow. To deliver on the promises made, leaders need to adopt a more systematic, coherent approach to D&I. Here are five strategies that can help you see real outcomes. 1. Ensure the CEO positions themselves […]

How Do I Motivate Others?

As many organizations struggle with motivating employees and volunteers, a common question continues to surface. How do I motivate others? Briefly, I will share four tips from John Maxwell’s perspective. 1. Start with Motivated People. The best way to create a culture of motivation is to start with those who are already motivated. If you […]

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