21 Leadership Laws

  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 to chart the course.
  5. THE LAW OF E.F. HUTTON — When the real leader speaks, people listen.
  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 REPRODUCTION — It takes a leader to raise up a leader.
  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 followers. To multiply, lead leaders.
  21. THE LAW OF LEGACY — A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession.

These laws are from John Maxwell’s book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. I agree with most of them, but have a little disagreement with 18. Still thinking about that one, because sacrifice is a mindset and is thought of differently by different people. I can see his point, I’m just not totally buying it right this minute. Partial buy-in, yes.

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