John Maxwell is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Leadership. John has trained millions of people and written over 50 books. Like many other authorities on Leadership, John would agree that Leadership is about Setting Direction, Aligning People, Motivating and Inspiring. However, in his book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” published in 2007, John breaks down leadership even further. Jon Sarver gives his own unique summery of the laws and then an updated business and sports related perspective component.
Influence is the power or capacity to produce a desired result. Simply stated is says that the true measure of leadership is influence- nothing more, nothing less.
Leaders are learners and their capacity to develop and improve their skills distinguishes leaders from their followers.
Anyone can steer a ship but it takes a leader to chart the course, carefully, seeing where they want to go and charting the most effective course to get there.
The law of addition focuses on advancing others, not ourselves.
The solid ground is solid character, living with integrity, authenticity and discipline.
We must be strong and worthy of respect if we want people to respect us, to have a high opinion of us and be willing to follow our lead, because people naturally follow people with leadership skills and traits stronger than they possess.
Great leaders have intuition, the sense they should head in a certain direction.
Maxwell describes leaders as magnets. They are constantly attracting followers and often attracting new leaders to themselves.
Connection is to bring or to join one thing to another, to hit it off, to be on the same wavelength. Establishing a connection with another person is vital in leadership.
It states that those closest to us will determine our potential as a leader.
So many of us are limited by our unwillingness to give up something either because of wanting to hoard knowledge and skills to ensure job security, resistance to change, or lack of self-worth or low self-esteem.
People do not do what people hear, they do what they see. Leaders lead by example.
Getting support for our ideas, vision and strategy requires others to buy-in to us first before deciding to support our ideas, vision and strategy.
Leaders find a way for the team to win. True leaders have a passion for victory.
If we’ve got all the passion, tools and people we need to win, we’re in trouble if we can’t get things going. Big Mo is “Momentum” and momentum is a close friend of effective leaders.
Many people are so busy that they can’t get anything important done. They are unfocused and this can only lead to failure. Focusing on what is most important is so much more effective than being busy.
Leaders trade freedom for responsibility. In any organization of more than one person, the larger the organization gets and higher we go, the more we need to be willing to give up.
When to lead is as important as what to do and where to go.
A strong leader recognizes that developing leaders around him/her will exponentially create a larger group of leaders.
Leaders who leave a lasting legacy leave an indelible imprint on our hearts because they chose to make an impact on the world.