Friday, July 8, 2011

Law No. 1 - The Law of the Lid - John C. Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership


Law 1 - The Law of the Lid

John C Maxwell says that, 'Leadership ability determines a person's level of effectiveness'. This leadership lesson is about the fact that people, or organisations will only ever go as far as the leader that is leading them. If the leader only leads at a level of say 4 out of 10, then the people they lead, or the organisation they are the leader of, will only ever get to around 4 out of 10. We see this leadership principle all around us. Think of a school with a mediocre principal, or a festival run by a incompetent coordinator or a military campaign with an ineffective leader; we know the effects of mediocre leadership.

Our aim, is to lift our lid; to lift our lid on our ability to lead. What are some practical ways we can become better leaders?

  • Read a leadership book
  • Have a mentor who is a great leader
  • At the start of each day, think about what your purpose is, and don't be distracted by expectations that do not fulfill your purpose - or rather, don't consume your time with things that do not add value to becoming a better leader.
  • Become well versed in our area of work, e.g. if you are an engineer then know your engineering and physics well, so that you can lead more proficiently.
  • Develop your leadership skills daily - read, reflect, develop yourself.
  • Have a look at www.mindtools.com for a site with leadership and management tips and resources.


Remember Law No. 1 from John C. Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership - The Law of the Lid.

"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" (John C Maxwell).

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