On The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership

I recently finished reading John C. Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership – Follow Them and People Will Follow You. As the title indicates, John presents in this book 21 fundamental laws of leadership. The laws are prefaced by four core concepts:

“1) The laws can be learned

2) The laws can stand alone

3) The laws carry consequences with them

4) These laws are the foundation of leadership”

The author then goes on to present the 21 laws, in greater detail filled with examples from both his personal experience and experiences of other great leaders. The laws are summarized below:

“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 take a leader to 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 accomplishement

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”

A book filled with leadership wisdom and lessons. The examples provided help one grasp the concepts and understand how they can be applied in every day situations. A great complement to another great book by the same author – The 360 degree leader.  Both are highly recommended reads in the area of leadership/personal development.

Below are some excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1) “The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be.”

2) “Personal and organizational effectiveness is proportionate to the strength of leadership.”

3) “If you don’t have influence, you will never be able to lead others.”

4) “Leadership is…Character – Who They Are, Relationships – Who They Know, Knowledge – What They Know, Intuition – What They Feel, Experience – Where They’ve Been, Past Success – What They’ve Done, Ability – What They Can Do.”

5) Bennis and Nanus: “It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers.”

6) “The bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others.”

7) “When it comes to leadership, you just can’t take shortcuts, no matter how long you’ve been leading your people.”

8) “The more leadership ability a person has, the more quickly he recognizes leadership – or its lack – in others.”

9) “A leader has to read the situation and know instinctively what play to call.”

10) “You can’t move people to action unless you first move them with emotion…The heart comes before the head.”

11) “Theodore Roosevelt: “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

12) “Great leaders always seem to embody two seemingly disparate qualities. They are both highly visionary and highly practical.”

13) “The leader finds the dream and then the people. The people find the leader and then the dream.”

14) “When the pressure is on, great leaders are at their best. Whatever is inside them comes to the surface.”

15) “Three components of victory: 1) unity of vision 2) diversity of skills 3) a leader dedicate to victory and raising players to their potential”

16) “Leaders should get out of their comfort zone but stay in their strength zone.”

17) “Everything rises and falls on leadership: 1) Personnel determine the potential of the organization. 2) Relationships determine the morale of the organization. 3) Structure determines the size of the organization. 4) Vision determines the direction of the organization. 5) Leadership determines the success of the organization.”


Omar Halabieh

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership


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