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21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

November 25th, 2009

1. The Law of the Lid
Your leadership ability creates a lid on your effectiveness. You cannot be more effective than the level of your leadership will allow.

2. The Law of Influence
Leadership = Influence. It is as simple as that. The person who has the most influence in an organization is the true leader, whether his title says that or not.

3. The Law of Process
Becoming a good leader is a process. It is much like investing, if you expect to get rich quick you are going to fail. If you think you can just be a great leader tomorrow because you want to, think again. You have to work at it for a long period of time.

4. The Law of Navigation
The law of navigation comes down to this simple acrostic - PLAN AHEAD;

Predetermine a Course of Action
Lay Out Your Goals
Adjust Your Priorities
Notify Key Personnel

Allow Time for Acceptance
Head into Action
Except Problems
Always Point to the Successes
Daily Review Your Plan

5. The Law of E.F. Hutton
When the real leader speaks, people listen. The person in the leadership position has to realize that someone else may be the real leader.

6. The Law of Solid Ground

No leader can break trust with his people and expect to keep influencing them. Trust is the foundation of leadership. Violate the Law of Solid Ground, and you’re through as a leader.

7. The Law of Respect
Followers are attracted to better leaders than themselves. On a scale from 1-10, an 8 isn’t normally going to follow a 6. He is generally going to seek out a 9 or a 10.

8. The Law of Intuition
Leaders read their situation, read trends, and read their resources.
Situation - Leaders capture details that others don’t see. They know how figure out what is going on by reading their surroundings.

Trends - Things happen in the context of a bigger picture. Leaders can see where they are and where they are headed.

Resources - Successful individuals think in terms of what they can do. Successful leaders see things in terms of their resources and use the best tool for their job.

9. The Law of Magnetism
You will only be able to attract people who are like yourself.

10. The Law of Connection
You have to make a connection with a person before you can ask them for the help you need.

11. The Law of the Inner Circle
Every leader’s potential is determined by the people that are closest to him. A good leader with a weak organization won’t be able to accomplish as much as he otherwise would.

12. The Law of Empowerment
Leaders have to be able to give power to others so that they will be able to achieve more than they could alone.

13. The Law of Reproduction
It takes a leader to make a leader. Many great leaders have gotten to where they are because they learned from the best.

14. The Law of Buy-In
If your followers buy-in to you as a leader, they will buy-in to your vision as well.

15. The Law of Victory
Victorious leaders have an inability to accept defeat. They put winning above personal pride and find a way to get the job done.

16. The Law of the Big Mo
It takes a leader to create momentum, but after it gets going it’s much easier to steer and accomplish great things.

17. the Law of Priorities
Activities aren’t always productive. Doing something just for the sake of doing won’t take you very far. Leaders are able to prioritize the most important things that need accomplished.

18. The Law of Sacrifice
Responsibilities increase and rights decrease as you rise in leadership. You have to accept sacrifice if you want to become a great leader.

19. The Law of Timing
Only the right action at the right time will result in success. A good leader will not only know what to do but when to do it.

20. The Law of Explosive Growth
To add growth, lead followers. To multiply growth, lead leaders. If you want explosive growth you have to bring leaders into your organization that can get others to follow them.

21. The Law of Legacy
Good leaders are able to have success even after they move on because of they legacy they leave. They build strong organizations and they train effective leaders that are able to take the over the reins after they leave.

Right now there are not many good leaders in Washington. We are desperate for a great leader and unfortunately there aren’t many in sight. Let me know if you see anybody on the horizon with these qualities.

The The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership(aff) by John Maxwell was a great book that anyone aspiring to be a leader should read. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

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