“Whether you are a follower who is just beginning to discover the impact of leadership or a natural leader who already has followers, you can become a better leader. As you read about the laws, you may recognize that you already practice some of them very effectively. Other laws may expose weaknesses you didn’t know you had. Use your review as a learning experience. …
No matter where you are in the leadership process, know this: the greater the number of laws you learn, the better leader you will become. Each law is like a tool, ready to be picked up and used to help you achieve your dreams and add value to other people. Pick up even one, and you will become a better leader. Learn them all, and people will gladly follow you.
Now, let’s open the toolbox together.”
~ John C. Maxwell from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
John Maxwell is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership.
He’s trained millions (literally) of leaders and has written over 50 (!) books that have sold over 13 million copies—this one alone has sold over 3 million copies. (Check out our Notes on another one of my favorites: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.)
As the title of the book suggests, Maxwell walks us through his 21 “irrefutable” laws of leadership—sharing personal stories along with biographical sketches of some of history’s greatest leaders to bring the wisdom home. Although no one does all 21 laws well, getting better at any (or all) of them will make us better leaders. (Get the book here.)
I really enjoyed reading this book in preparation for our Leadership 101 class and I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!
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