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21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

December 4, 2011

This book by John Maxwell is a lesson in leadership rules and will, no doubt, be helpful to me just as every other book in my professional development has taught me something to take away for my future!


For the sake of not ruining the book and getting boring, I am only going to highlight the rules here. If you are interested in a more in-depth understanding, you will have to read the book! It is a quick read if you have a few hours to kill.

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell:

“Each law is like a tool” Page XXI.

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 Takes a Leader to Chart the Course.

5. The Law of E. F. Hutton: When the Real Leader Speaks, People Listen.

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 What 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 Reproduction: It Takes a Leader to Raise Up a Leader.

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 Accomplishment.

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.


This book hosts many square graphs and lists of traits, situations, and requirements which are very useful in remembering how and when to use some of these laws. This book was, in fact, a dry read; so, I began speed-reading, but I did finish the book. Most of these laws are self-explanatory if you know anything about the subtitles. One read-through should be quite revealing and these laws are going to be useful in understanding where I fail in life as obstacles occur, and also where I have succeeded and why I did.

I have many other books from the library on campus to read and report on, but I also want to work on my research pages, as well. I have been asked to guest blog on someone’s page, so I will also be working on that over the winter break from school.


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