Analysis Of John Maxwell's The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership

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Developing Potential It is undeniable, in an honest examination of the world, to deny that leadership will determine the success, or lack of success in almost every endeavor. This holds true for small group projects through the largest possible business venture, and beyond. John Maxwell discusses principles followed by great leaders and utilized by others to increase their own talents. His book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, is a valuable resource to those who seek to improve individual leadership abilities. The Law of the Lid The first in the list of twenty-one; it simply states, “Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness.” This is an important point; Maxwell explains that on a scale of…show more content…
Managers placed in this manner, typically only maintain systems, processes, and direction. Leadership is necessary to change direction. “The only thing a title can buy is a little more time – either to increase your level of influence with others or to undermine it.” The Law of Process Great leadership is not achieved over night, and it is not something that one achieves and stops. Great leaders spend entire lives building and growing their leadership skills. It is not likely that a leader will one day wake up with all of the vision, influence, knowledge, respect, and momentum necessary to be great; these take time to develop. “It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers.” The Law of Navigation Regardless of one’s leadership level, it is impossible to know all and have all the answers. It is necessary to listen to many sources including your leadership team and people within the organization to know what is going on at all levels. Leaders know to rely on a team; they do not attempt to navigate the course alone. The Law of…show more content…
The premise is that you cannot teach or expect what you do not show yourself to be. A leader will find that his followers are not honest, punctual, nor enthusiastic if he or she does not demonstrate these traits. If people are not following, the example set by a leader, it is not that leader, they are following. The Law of Priorities “Busyness does not equal productivity. Activity is not necessarily accomplishment.” It is because of this that leaders must prioritize; they must always think ahead and know how everything relates to the overall vision. A leader must be able to recognize when it is necessary to reprioritize as situations shift and change. The Law of Sacrifice “There is no success without sacrifice.” Sacrifices of, time and money seeking knowledge, time and perspiration seeking high levels of physical performance. These efforts to succeed cost, money, time away from loved-ones, and many other possible losses. “Leaders are often asked to give up more than others.” This principle is driven home in the Marine Corps; a leader at any level in the Marines is expected to take care of those he or she leads before themselves. This is demonstrated most visually when Marines eat; when a platoon forms for chow it is by rank. The lowest will always receive food before the senior ranking of the group. It is through this that Marines, are continually reminded, to take care of those in their charge before themselves. Success

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