What would happen if a top expert with more than 40 years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your life.
John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He has combined insights learned from his thirty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. The result is a revealing study of leadership delivered as only a communicator like Maxwell can.
This is a book all leaders, born or made, should read. Maxwell’s leadership laws are succinct and highly useful. He supports the laws with real business stories and leadership anecdotes, then he shows you how to apply these laws (each chapter ends with practical strategies and activities to help you reflect and grow your leadership abilities). Honestly, I couldn’t stop reading.
But here are the main points from each chapter/law of “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”:
I. The Law Of the Lid: Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness.
II. The Law of Influence: The true measure of leadership is influence–nothing more, nothing less.
III. The Law of Process: Leadership develops daily, not in a day.
IV. The Law of Navigation: Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.
V. The Law of Addition: Leaders add value by serving others.
VI. The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the foundation of leadership
VII. The Law of Respect: People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves
VIII. The Law of Intuition: Leaders evaluate everything with a leadership bias
IX. The Law of Magnetism: Who you are is who you attract
X. The Law of Connection: Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.
XI. The Law of the Inner Circle: A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him
XII. The Law of Empowerment: Only secure leaders give power to others
XIII. The Law of the Picture: People do what people see.
XIV. The Law of Buy-in: People buy into the leader, then the vision.
XV. The Law of Victory: Leaders find a way for the team to win.
XVI. The Law of the Big Mo: Momentum is a leader’s best fried
XVII. The Law of Priorities: Leaders understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment.
XVIII. The Law of Sacrifice: A leader must give up to go up.
XIX. The Law of Timing: When to lead is as important as what to do and where to go.
XX. The Law of Explosive Growth: To add growth, lead followers–to multiply, lead leaders.
XXI. The Law of Legacy: A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession.