The 21 Laws of Leadership
By John C. Maxwell
Theses are three of the laws that stood out to me the most. They encompass humility, selflessness, and patience.
3. The Law of Process
Patience is the key. Be a learner first and be willing to say “I don’t know, please help me.” That takes humility. As simple as that sounds, the human ego stops people from having a willingness to learn. Being put in charge is not the same as being a leader.
“To be Conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.”
In other words, being a leader isn’t about being born with leadership skills. It’s about learning all you can in order to become a leader.
“Champions don’t become champions in the ring, they are merely recognized there.”
Being a “born leader” is a flawed statement. Leadership is a process. It takes time and patience to develop the skills and knowledge to become a great leader.
12. The Law of Empowerment
A leader who is insecure makes it impossible for his or her people to give power to others. To keep others down, you’ll have to go down with them. These weak leaders think that delegating power and training others up means that they themselves become powerless. It boils down to the fear of losing power.
“You can’t lead a cavalry if you think you look funny on a horse.”
To be self-conscious means that your thoughts are only of yourself. Believing in the power of people below you shows that you are a great leader.
“For everything you have missed, you have gained in something else; and for everything you have gained, you lose something.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is no success without sacrifice. You must put your team ahead of yourself to become a leader. Constantly improve and continue to grow. Keep fighting and be willing to fail. I’d rather try and fail than watch from the sidelines and never even try at all.
Just like Martin Luther King gave up a comfortable lifestyle to fight for freedom for others, great leaders think of the needs of others first.
21. The Law of Legacy
“Legacy is created only when a person puts his organization into the position to do great things without him.”
Leaders know that actions have reactions. And their decisions today have an effect on people tomorrow. Giving your knowledge to others, making sacrifices for those below you, and putting others in positions to do great things.
Too often, I’ve been subordinate to poor leaders who lacked the humility to focus on the needs of their own people. It’s easy to spot insecure leaders. So, remember to build others up and drop the damn ego.
“If he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”