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.


“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 […]

Forging an Attitude of Gratitude

As I was studying my favorite book again this week, I was reminded of an incredible leader, Paul, who had been imprisoned, shackled, and facing severe persecution. Yet, he still encouraged his followers to rejoice no matter the circumstances. We can learn a lot from Paul… especially as we approach Thanksgiving during COVID-19, a pandemic […]

Choose Wisely

As I was studying my favorite book this weekend, these two words stood out, choose wisely. Although they are not explicitly written, they are implicitly understood. An organization was experiencing rapid growth. They were growing so fast that several needs were left unmet. A certain group of people felt as though they were excluded or […]