Leadership is the key to everything.It determines the quality of our future.Leadership truly develops from inside out.If you can become the Leader you ought to be on the inside, you will become the Leader you want to be on the outside. There is a wonderful book on leadership by John Maxwell and I feel everyone that desires to be a great Leader should read that book. It's called the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
Excerpts from John Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership
The Law of Lid
Leadership ability determines person’s levels of effectiveness. Brother Dick and Maurice came as close as they could to living the American Dream-without making it. Instead a guy named Ray did it with the company they had founded. It happened because they didn’t know the law of the lid
The Law of Influence
The true measure of leadership influence- nothing more, nothing less.
Her husband had everything: wealth, privilege, position, and a royal title. Yet instead of him, Princess Diana won over the whole world. Why? She understood the law of influence.
The Law of Process
Leadership develops daily, not in a day.
Theodore Roosevelt helped create a world power, won a noble peace prize, and became president of the United States. But today you wouldn’t even know his name if he hadn’t know the law of process.
The Law of Navigation
Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but it Takes a Leader to Chart the Course.
Using a fail-safe compass, Scott led his team of adventures to the end of the earth-and to inglorious deaths. They would have lived if only he, their leader, had known the Law of Navigation.
The Law of E.F.hutton
When the Real Leader Speaks, People Listen.
Young John went into his first board meeting thinking he was in charge. He soon found out who the real leader was and learned the Law of E.F Hutton in the process.
The Law of Solid Ground
Trust is the foundation of leadership.
If only Robert McNamara had known the Law of Solid Ground, the war in Vietnam-and everything that had happened at home because of it might have turned out differently.
The Law of Respect
People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves.
The odds were stacked against her in just about every possible way, but thousands and thousands of people called her their leader. Why? Because they could not escape the power of the Law of Respect.
The Law of Intuition
Leaders evaluate everything with a leadership bias.
How is it that time after time Norman Schwarzkopt was able to sense problems while other leaders around him got blindsided? The answer lies in the factor that separates the great leaders from the merely good ones: the Law of Intuition.
The Law of Magnetism
Who are you is who you attract.
Why are the Dallas Cowboys, once revered as “America’s Team,” now so often reviled and the subject of controversy? The Law of Magnetism makes it clear.
The Law of Connection
Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.
Elizabeth Dole has mastered it. If husband Bob had done the same, he might have become the forty-third president of the United States. It’s called The Law of Connection.
The Law of the Inner Circle
A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him.
John already used time management to the fullest, but he wanted to accomplish more. His priorities were leveraged to the hilt, and there were no more minutes in a day! How did he go to another level? He practiced the Law of Inner Circle.
The Law of Empowerment
Only secure leaders give power to others.
Henry Ford is considered an icon of American business for revolutionizing the automobile industry. So what caused him to stumble so badly that his son feared Ford Motor Company would go out of business? He was held captive by the Law of Empowerment.
The Law of Reproduction
It takes a leader to raise up a leader.
What do the top NFL head coaches have in common? You can trace their leadership ability to just a handful of mentors. That’s also true for hundreds of CEOs. More than 80 percent of all leaders are the result of the The Law of Reproduction.
The Law of Buy-in
People buy into the leader, then the vision.
The first time Judy Estrim started up a company, it took her six months to find the money. The second time it took her about six minutes. What made the difference? The Law of Buy-in
The Law of Victory
Leaders find a way for the team to win.
What saved England from the Blitz, broke apartheid’s back in South Africa, and won the Chicago Bulls multiple world championships? In all three cases the answer is the same. Their leaders lived by the Law of Victory.
The Law of the big MO
Momentum is a leader’s best friend.
Jaime Escalate has been called the best teacher in America. But his teaching ability is only half the story. His and Garfield High School’s success came because of the Law of the big Mo
The Law of Priorities
Leaders understand that Activity is not unnecessarily Accomplishment.
Jack Welch took a company that was already high and rocketed it into the stratosphere? What did he use as the launching pad? The law of Priorities, of course
The Law of Sacrifice
A Leader must give up to go up.
He was one of the nation’s most vocal critics on government interference in business. So why did Lee Lococca go before the Congress with his hat in his hand for loan guarantees? He did it because he understood the Law of Sacrifice
The Law of Timing
When to lead is as important as what to do and where to go.
It got him elected president of the United States. It also cost him the presidency. What is it? Something that may stand between you and your ability to lead effectively. It’s called the Law of Timing.
The Law of Explosive Growth
To add growth, lead followers to multiply, lead leaders.
How did a man in a developing country take his organization from 700 people to more than 14,000 in only seven years? He did it using Leader’s math. That’s the secret of the Law of Explosive Growth.
The Law of Legacy
A Leader’s lasting value is measured by succession.
When many companies lose their CEO, they go into tailspin but when Roberto Goizueta died Coca-Cola didn’t even hiccup. Why? Before his death, Goizuetta lived by the Law of Legacy.
Take care and have a lovely week.