The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You✷ The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You Epub ✺ Author John C. Maxwell – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk What would happen if a top expert with than thirty years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life changing principles just for What would happen if a Irrefutable Laws PDF ☆ top expert with than thirty 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 lifeJohn C Maxwell has done exactly that in TheIrrefutable 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. Here they are, all the 21 from Maxwell s book 1 The Law of the Lid Leadership Ability Determines a Person s Level of Effectiveness.2 The Law of Influence The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence Nothing More, Nothing Less.3 The Law of Process Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day.4 The Law of Navigation Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader the Chart the Course.5 The Law of Addition Leaders Add Value by Serving Others.6 The Law of Solid Ground Trust Is the Foundation Here they are, all the 21 from Maxwell s book 1 The Law of the Lid Leadership Ability Determines a Person s Level of Effectiveness.2 The Law of Influence The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence Nothing More, Nothing Less.3 The Law of Process Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day.4 The Law of Navigation Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader the Chart the Course.5 The Law of Addition Leaders Add Value by Serving Others.6 The Law of Solid Ground Trust Is the Foundation of Leadership.7 The Law of Respect People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves.8 The Law of Intuition Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias.9 The Law of Magnetism Who You Are Is Who You Attract.10 The Law of Connection Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand.11 The Law of The Inner Circle A Leader s Potential Is Determined by Those Closest to Him.12 The Law of Empowerment Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others.13 The Law of the Picture People Do What People See.14 The Law of Buy in People Buy into the Leader, Then the Vision.15 The Law of Victory Leaders Find a Way for the Team to Win.16 The Law of the Big Mo Momentum Is a Leader s Best Friend.17 The Law of Priorities Leaders Understand That Activity Is Not Necessarily Accomplishment.18 The Law of Sacrifice A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up.19 The Law of Timing When to Lead Is As Important As What to Do and Where to Go.20 The Law of Explosive Growth To Add Growth, Lead Follower To Multiply, Lead Leaders.21 The Law of Legacy A Leader s Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession It was ok Again I read this book because it is a business book and was recommended by this work thing I was doing The category it notes next to the barcode is business religion not exactly what you want to see on a business book There were lots of references to church and organized church that kind of threw me off from the interesting stories that really took up most of the book The stories in the book are related to mostly historical references of other businesses short stories and for th It was ok Again I read this book because it is a business book and was recommended by this work thing I was doing The category it notes next to the barcode is business religion not exactly what you want to see on a business book There were lots of references to church and organized church that kind of threw me off from the interesting stories that really took up most of the book The stories in the book are related to mostly historical references of other businesses short stories and for the most part it seemed like most of the irrefutable laws were common sense, for most of us As a leader, or if you aspire to be one this book is a must read Here s what s inside I The Law Of the Lid II The Law of Influence III The Law of Process IV The Law of Navigation V The Law of Addition VI The Law of Solid Ground VII The Law of Respect VIII The Law of Intuition IX The Law of Magnetism 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 himXII The Law o As a leader, or if you aspire to be one this book is a must read Here s what s inside I The Law Of the Lid II The Law of Influence III The Law of Process IV The Law of Navigation V The Law of Addition VI The Law of Solid Ground VII The Law of Respect VIII The Law of Intuition IX The Law of Magnetism 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 himXII The Law of Empowerment Only secure leaders give power to othersXIII 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 friedXVII 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 Ugh I think there were important lessons in this book, but they were obfuscated by Maxwell s horn tooting and back slapping Wow, this man LOVES himself, and he thinks he has the most impressive history of EVER.I DID love his descriptions of Harriet Tubman as a female leader, and even Mother Teresa Shortly after these examples though, he lost me I had to quit reading when he talked AT LENGTH about how his wife leads in the home She EXCELS at making sure his clothes match, and at decora Ugh I think there were important lessons in this book, but they were obfuscated by Maxwell s horn tooting and back slapping Wow, this man LOVES himself, and he thinks he has the most impressive history of EVER.I DID love his descriptions of Harriet Tubman as a female leader, and even Mother Teresa Shortly after these examples though, he lost me I had to quit reading when he talked AT LENGTH about how his wife leads in the home She EXCELS at making sure his clothes match, and at decorating and coordinating colors Yup That s it That s HER CONTRIBUTION OMG GAG ME I was gently reminded to regard his point of view as a generational difference, but I m still angry enough to see it as totally sexist and paternalistic Also, the way he manipulated people in the churches he lead was simply that, MANIPULATION, not really leadership Why is this guy so popular Perhaps I ll go back and read the last 9 laws or whatever, but it ll be awhile 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 It s one of the few digestible and practical leadership books available Another great book, Leadership 2.0, does this 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 It s one of the few digestible and practical leadership books available Another great book, Leadership 2.0, does this as well and it includes an online leadership test that tells you where you are as a leader today and what you can do about it Definitely check it out 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 , 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 leadershipVII The Law of Respect People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselvesVIII The Law of Intuition Leaders evaluate everything with a leadership biasIX The Law of Magnetism Who you are is who you attractX 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 himXII The Law of Empowerment Only secure leaders give power to othersXIII 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 friedXVII 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 Hey, it s good work if you can get it, writing self help books for the Christian market This one explains carefully things like how important it is to listen And it chooses the cutest little examples like how the McDonald s founders were nice guys and good salespeople but they really didn t have a leadership perspective so the restaurant never got going until this Ray guy came along.He left out the part about the invention that freeze dried potatoes In fact, any time anything might have Hey, it s good work if you can get it, writing self help books for the Christian market This one explains carefully things like how important it is to listen And it chooses the cutest little examples like how the McDonald s founders were nice guys and good salespeople but they really didn t have a leadership perspective so the restaurant never got going until this Ray guy came along.He left out the part about the invention that freeze dried potatoes In fact, any time anything might have touched on complications to his assertion that one person had it and one person didn t, he just left it out I guess if you think your readers are dumb, you can do that.Fair enough, though I shouldn t have picked up a book designed for older white men in Christian leadership and expected it to apply to me Crimeny I attended a DEC meeting at Toastmasters recently A friend of mine discussed this book during the meeting I liked what she said At this point all I can say is that I enjoyed how I felt about what she said as I do not recall exactly the point she made That is a theory I have been testing lately we rarely can describe the content of what was said but merely react to the how what was said made us feel This is very much the case in this regard.Anyhow, I checked this out of our public library I attended a DEC meeting at Toastmasters recently A friend of mine discussed this book during the meeting I liked what she said At this point all I can say is that I enjoyed how I felt about what she said as I do not recall exactly the point she made That is a theory I have been testing lately we rarely can describe the content of what was said but merely react to the how what was said made us feel This is very much the case in this regard.Anyhow, I checked this out of our public library I am dubious of 21 point plans Isn t that the hit Mitt Romney takes on his 59 point plan It has too many facets We like simple presentations the six principles of, 3 Ways of Improving Your Life, etc.I just read the first irrefutable law The Law of the Lid It is argued that there is a capacity to our leadership and some people s lid is higher than others The McDonald Brothers v Ray Kroc was used Good example I take offense, however, with I also believe that personal success without leadership ability brings only limited effectiveness Limited effectiveness of what I believe I have had success with little organizational leadership What effectiveness am I limited in The second irrefutable law is the law of influence Throughout the chapter I have been musing in my head that this is a tough law for people like me who have no juice because we lack position Position provides influence But Maxwell addresses this well in showing how influence comes without position Mike Shanahan and Elway s relationship outside of Dan Reeves being head coach Then he addresses it directly by highlighting that in volunteer organizations, leadership is all influence since position doesn t provide one the juice it does in the military or in business He quotes Harry Overstreet, The very essence of all power to influence lies in getting the other person to particiapte The third irrefutable law is that of process This law states the obvious one doesn t become a leader overnight It takes preparation Constantly learn so one is ready when his time arrives.The Law of E.F Hutton Who listens Maxwell explains that leaders are the ones listened to Consider meetings you attend Who is listened to That is the leader, not necessarily the one in charge I keep thinking of that ill fated School Improvement Team meeting It was very much like this untilThe law of solid ground is the sixth irrefutable law More simply put, trust in leadership is a must D oh Another self evident leadership exemplar is respect The 21 laws are beginning to sound like common sense I have read seven of them now I would be hard pressed to name those seven without referring to my notes The list will be unwielding before it is finished.Law 8 is the law of intuition Leaders naturally see opportunity Military leaders were examined This book was written in 1998 Another issue was discussed Steve Jobs returning to Apple Maxwell tapped into something that wasn t known when published namely, Jobs would turn around Apple Jobs was a leader It s funny because I recall the scourge Apple was in those years before Jobs returned This law is a bit iffy as it is difficult to describe quantify intuitiveness, but it does appear to be a quality that leaders have.The law of magnetism is another one of the well d oh laws A leader attracts those who are like homself Hitler, a good leader, attracted like minded evil folks Tex Schram of the Dallas Cowboys did similarly This chapter focused heavily on the business side of leadership I approach things from the unconvential leader and or volunteer organization From my perspective, attraction is a little different in those situations as the field is set somewhat and the leader has to work within what s already there Nevertheless, there s something to magnetism to consider.The law of connection is one of my weaknesses but also one area I have been addressing of late I mentioned it above Often, it isn t what you say but how you make others feel that matters I was reared to be serious I excel at that I am quite aware, however, that others perceive that seriousness at a distance I ve known for decades that I am standoffish I recall that when I was a restaurant manager many commented how they perceived me differently before they got to know me I relished that for a long time.These days, however, I realize that is problematic for me I don t make the connections I should My lack of promotions are directly related to this as well I am addressing it Specifically when it comes to speaking, I am trying to incorporate how my approach makes my audience feel I am going for my folksy comfortable themes I think that will help Connecting with audiences is what it is all about otherwise, why speak at all The Law of the Inner Circle is one that most, I think, would agree is important Leaders have a small group close to them with whom they trust That is important to success Again, for those who are non traditional leaders, that circle can be non existent Perhaps I am not a leader I have no inner circle I have no power, but we learned earlier, a leader doesn t need to Does a leader have to have an inner core group Probably not given the non traditional This is definitely a law of organizational leadership.The Law of Empowerment is a facet of leadership I am quite familiar with, albeit from the opposing side I was part of a team once We began to make strides forward Morale was high for we truly believed in our work I grew I recall feeling proud as I accepted some things I had formerly been against because I saw how they would help the cause All was right with the worlduntil I was disempowered That is a heart breaking thing Maxwell nailed it that some leaders have a weak self concept to empower those around her to lead That is what happened with me Cut off at the knees, I was stripped and humiliated to the point where I was battered into lemming mode Here I sit today It s akin to a love that has gone bad and now he refuses to love again For me, my leadership is now directed elsewhere Spiteful, perhaps Conservative, indeed.The lesson is that a leader needs to empower those around him Do not take credit but look to provide credit to others A leader survives through the accomplishments of others.The latest chapter purports that leaders generally are bred by other leaders it takes one to know one mentality That is easy to accept generally, but what about someone like me I am not on a corporate escalation program I am not being bred for anything In some ways, I am institutionally confined Regardless, if one accepts that the law of reproduction is necessary, then folks like me can never be leaders as there are no coattails on which to swing.GE may have generated plenty of leaders as have Bill Walsh and Tom Landry, but there has to be the ability of independently sowed leadership to emerge or the American Dream disappears Paradigm shifts, it seems to me, are created out of leadership that emerges Steve Jobs was not classicly groomed for the job, correct Leaders need to be followed or else there is no one to lead That is where the Law of Buy In comes in Maxwell argues that the people first buy into the leader Once done, then they buy into the leader s vision He used Bill Clinton, Ghandi, and himself as examples I could use athorough fleshing out of this topic to help me This is a sticking point for me as it seems to put charisma above content This is something I have always struggled with as I don t really care much for the Slick Willies of the world I can excuse faux pas when the mission is correct.But there is no denying that Clinton was an effective and still is leader Addressing my failings and working to spruce up the package in which the leadership is presented is something I am trying to do presently That would indicate there is something to the buy in It s distressing in one sense in that time and energy need to be spent in this, thus lessening the efficiency Leadership capacity is increased in the long run so I gather the pay off is worth it Public speaking, reading a teleprompter, etc are all things that help the leader appear to connect, thus helping the people buy into him Then the vision is delivered It seems to me this describes President Obma to a T.Victory We want to win A leader ensures victory This seems a basic tenet of leadership Coaches strive to win Generals focus on victory There was a good description of Winston Churchill here The important thing about victory, and we see this in the military sense these days too, is clearly define what victory is A principal in a school strives for victory, but it will not be the same as the general on the battlefield That was not discussed at all, surprising this reader.The Law of Momentum is merely that it is easier to steer a moving ship than a lethargic one Movement forward is important Going from a resting state to a moving one is hard Physics tells us that the greatest amount of energy is needed to get moving Once moving, less energy is required to continue so Again, did it take a book to point this out The Law of Priorities tells us that leaders focus their efforts on those things that will deliver the most bang for the buck According to Maxwell, a leader should spend 80% of his time on the top 20% of his priorities This all sounds reasonable to me I put this a slightly different way Instead of trying to address everything, a leader must focus his attention on one or two areas This theme is what he can then point everyone to It is a focused approach Using common language, after a while, everyone will be on the same page Again, not earth shattering news here.The Law of Sacrifice seems to be the corollary of the Law of Victory Leaders sacrifice in order to be successful win Iacocca was addressed He sacrificed much to bring Chrysler back Of course, Maxwell merely passed off the bailout as nothing Maxwell argues the higher up you progress, theyou give up Time and family are sacrificed by presidents, for instance Sure, I accept this I quibble, however, with his description of MLK Not so much that MLK sacrificed Oviously, he did But being assassinated isn t sacrificing it s being killed It isn t exactly like a soldier who vounteers to go into battle Battle MLK did, but there should not have been an expectation of death To say so diminishes us, I think It s a semantics thing, but really, it was a stretch to go there.The Law of Timing is another leadership quality It seems to employ much luck Maxwell worked to dispel that notion He discussed Carter s unsuccessful helicopter mission to free captives It was known ahead of time to be a flawed plan The problem with that is there is always a naysayer who will be critical of a plan I am sure there were those who doubted the SEAL mission to get bin Laden, yet that was successful Hindsight is always 20 20 Sometimes being a leader means taking a risk Maxwell also discussed the Civil War and how Gettysburg was lost because of confederate missed timing and how the war progressed another two years because after Gettysburg Meade didn t follow the confederate troops to wipe them out.Okay, so timing is important A leader needs to know when it is time to execute Isn t that an intangible, though The Law of Growth is problematic for me The idea espoused here is that leaders who grow followers only add to their membership Leaders who grow leaders multiply their growth More impact, it is argued, arrives by growing leaders because the organization will grow exponentially Bah I ve often wondered about the constant emphasis upon growth Lack of growth is not an indication of stagnation or failure We see it all the time Papa John s was offered as a company that continues to grow and won t stop until it is the biggest pizza chain Does that mean other chains are lesser I worked for one that was fairly content to be the 1 chain in the market northeast without growing the market.Wawa is huge here I know they are testing Florida, but I doubt they ll go nationwide Look at what happened to Circuit City when it did Starbucks is retreating now from its massive growth Organizations can be healthy without growing.I think of my Toastmasters clubs While a steady influx of new members are needed to maintain, once a club gows to a certain size, it is no longer viable and needs to split While that may be healthy for TI, for the club itself, it may not be I am in two clubs that push 50 members In some respects, not everyone s educational needs are met The counter is seen by a third club that is remarkably smaller Educational goals are easily met, but filling out the agenda for each meeting is a stretch since there are so few members This is a club that needs to grow members, which will in turn grow leaders since we are, Where leaders are made I am also a bit put off that the bulk of the book is about growing members, serving members, etc and now at the end of the book, that is somewhat frowned upon for thelofty goal of growing leaders I smell another book The Law of Legacy is the last of the irrefutable laws It s interesting, but Toastmasters stresses this point leaders provide for their successors That s the point A leader leads for the long view, not for himself We will all leave our leadership at some point death, change of jobs, promotion, retirement, etc If you have led well, the organization will continue to strive This is something I am coming around to seeing My success isn t measured solely by today s bottom line but by whether or not my successor is able to hit the ground running Prepare for your successor I enjoyed thinking about leadership while reading this book I think there were some very good points made I also think there is a lot of that I m Okay, You re Okay self help mentality preached here It s an easy read I don t know if reading this book will make me a better leader, but it has provided me much to consider on the path to becoming a better leader For that, it was a worthwhile read Great leadership book, but a little dated with some of the examples. If you ask 10 people to recommend five books on leadership, one of John Maxwell s books will be on every list Of those books, most people cite The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership as his best work It s certainly his most well known Concise, Maxwell dictates the 21 laws a leader must follow to get others to follow the leader Using numerous examples drawn from a variety of people from Mother Teresa to the founders of McDonalds, Maxwell show how people have either used the laws successfully If you ask 10 people to recommend five books on leadership, one of John Maxwell s books will be on every list Of those books, most people cite The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership as his best work It s certainly his most well known Concise, Maxwell dictates the 21 laws a leader must follow to get others to follow the leader Using numerous examples drawn from a variety of people from Mother Teresa to the founders of McDonalds, Maxwell show how people have either used the laws successfully or ignored the laws and failed Most of the laws are obvious, for example number 14, The Law of Buy In, states that people buy into the leader and only then do they buy into the vision That makes intuitive sense and has a practical application in the real world Early stage technology investors often bet on the jockey, not the horse Some readers have dismissed the book because the laws are easy to understand These critics miss two significant points about the power of the book 1 The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership codifies and reinforces our thinking For example, Law Number 17, The Law of Priorities, cautions against equating activity with achievement Maxwell points out that we must constantly review our priorities to make sure that we are steering the ship in the right direction Law 4, The Law of Navigation Far beyond leaving it there and stating only the obvious, Maxwell adds that we must always evaluate our priorities with the 80 20 rule in mind Focus 80 percent of your time on the 20 percent of your priorities that will provide the largest return He notes that the rule is applies equally to developing strategic sales accounts as does it in developing people 2 The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is a reminder that leadership is a daily commitment As Maxwell notes in Law Number 3, leadership is a process that develops daily, not in a day Reading Maxwell s book reinforces what many of us already know about leadership and reminds us to put those theories into practice every day Many books on leadership are long on theory but don t help the reader understand how to put the theory into practice Maxwell does not fall into that trap At the end of every chapter, he lists three activities you can do to apply the law to your life For example, after Law 13, The Law of the Picture people do what people see , Maxwell asks his readers to 1 Make a list of their own core values and compare them to their actions over that past month, noting which activities clash with their core values 2 Ask a colleague to watch you over a period of time and evaluate where your actions have clashed with your words 3 Make a list of what you wish you people did better and grade yourself on those skills With that self evaluation in hand, commit to improving your skills where your people are weakest and be avisible role model in the areas where you are strongest Not every leader will have a proficiency in all 21 Laws Maxwell admits that a few laws where he does not grade out perfectly.In Appendix A, Maxwell presents a quick leadership test to help you understand your strengths and weakness as they relate to the laws Completing the evaluation will help you understand Skills that you can use to mentor of others, Areas you need to target for growth and Areas where you need to form strategic partnerships to achieve your goals Even you don t read the entire book, filling out the evaluation and understanding your strengths and weaknesses will help you reach your potential as a leader and manager.Because The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is well written and well organized, it can be read in three ways Cover to cover over a period of days Like most well written business books, it s short, and to the point As the book is well organized and each chapter contains a complete thought, the book can be read over a long period of time with no loss of comprehension Finally, if you just want to know the laws, you can skip to Appendix B to read each law and its one sentence explanation Books on leaderships are plentiful, often with competing visions because leadership isof an art than a science But Maxwell notes that as with any art, leadership skills can and should be improved through practice Its evaluation guide in the appendix and chapter endings on applying the laws in your life will help you understand the state of your current skill set and help you plan for growth Despite everything, this book was quite good Maxwell is capable of leaning into the cliches, and he points to some leaders who were painfully incompetent, but who are lauded generally for other reasons, but setting all that aside, the principles outlined in this book were very, very good.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and
  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
  • John C. Maxwell
  • English
  • 08 March 2019
  • 0785274316