John Maxwell is a self confessed expert leader, however his ideas and opinions have been appreciated, emulated and taught by executives in boardrooms all over the corporate world. While some believe that leadership is an inherent value, it is also debated that leadership skills can be acquired along the way if one intends to lead a team and succeed in every aspect of life. The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership is a great read and can teach one a thing or two about what a good leader should carry in his mind, heart, soul and most importantly actions.
The Law of the Lid
The first law discusses how one’s leadership is like the roof of a building or a lid. If the building needs to grow it will grow only to the level your leadership and the proverbial lid allows it. If your leadership does not allow the employees and the organization to grow the lid may have to be destroyed for growth.
The Law of Influence
He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk. This law explores the concept of positional leadership and talks about leaders who are leaders only because of the position they occupy. It is the job responsibility of a leader to influence the people who work with them and participate in the process of positive change for the organization. If a leader is not able to bring about positive change, he is not doing his job.
The Law of Process
The law of processes suggests that no one is born a leader, while some people may inherently possess the skills, it can be inculcated over a period of time as well. What one must have in order to be a good leader is the willingness to learn and follow processes that will actually one to perform the way a good leader should.
The Law of Navigation
Only experience can make you a leader. The leader should have vision, should be able to envision, problems as well as solutions and should have the entire journey mapped out before the start of a journey, any journey. Anyone can steer a ship through a course that has been chartered by a good leader.
The Law of E.F. Hutton
E.F Hutton was one of America’s most influential stock market analysts. He had an uncanny ability to send people into a trance and captivate their attention. When a leader talks, people listen, that’s the ability a real leader should have, he should be able to get people to listen.
The Law of Solid Ground
Only a strong foundation that is built on trust, competence, character, and a strong connection can pave the way for leadership that commands followers.
The Law of Respect
It is natural for most people to follow others who are stronger than themselves both in terms of ideas and in action. A good leader should work towards garnering the respect of his followers by constantly proving himself.
The Law of Intuition
Leaders should have a sense of intuition. They should have the ability not just to understand the people who follow them by listening to them, but also understand their behaviour and predict actions. The same goes with understanding and predicting trends, problems and providing solutions for them.
The Law of Magnetism
The law of magnetism suggests that leaders will attracts leaders, followers who should be trained and nurtured to become leaders. A good leader will train followers to become leaders of the future by attracting the right attributes that can command a leadership position.
The Law of Connection
It’s not personal, it’s just business, is not the right way to lead a team who is looking on you for support and leadership. In order to be a powerful leader, one has to learn how to work on an emotional level to first establish a personal connection with their followers.
The Law of the Inner Circle
The people that surround you can make you or break you. A good leader will have the capacity to identify talent and keep them close, so as to develop future leaders that can bring success to the organization.
The Law of Empowerment
Leaders are not worried about who gets the credit for getting things done. They drive a team and give due credit where it is due. The key to good leadership is empowering one’s followers to do great things.
The Law of Reproduction
An organization will not grow, if it does not have a tank full of leaders that can lead a team to success. Leaders who can make leaders are great leaders.
The Law of Buy-In
Relationships and development of a personal connection are key in order to get a buy-in from one’s followers. If the leader is not liked by the team, his ideas will be dismissed, if the leader is like, ideas will gain larger acceptance.
The Law of Victory
The law of victory suggests that a leader alone cannot steer a team to victory, what is required is a mutual desire for winning along with a approach that is driven by a diverse set of skills and unity.
The Law of Momentum
A leader should be responsible for keeping the team up to speed and building momentum along the way, when he feels that team members are lagging behind.
The Law of Priorities
A leader carries the judgement of every decision on his shoulders. A good leader should keep in mind the three R’s to keep a sense of prioritization in check at all time: a) What is required? b) What can give the highest return? c) What will bring the greatest reward?
The Law of Sacrifice
There is gain without pain and a leader has to inherently have a sense of sacrifice within him for overall growth of the organization.
The Law of Timing
Great leaders know when to do the right thing. Timing is everything, know when to tighten the reins and know when to let go. Charter the course and give your followers the freedom to steer the ship.
The Law of Explosive Growth
The law of empowerment gives way to the law of explosive growth, only leaders who can lead leaders and not followers can lead a company to unparalleled success.
The Law of Legacy
Only a good leader can leave behind a legacy that can be measured by another good leader. And if this basic criteria has been met with and the law of legacy has been applied, you know you are witness to greatness.
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