If you are looking to increase your influence and leadership skills, John C. Maxwell has published the perfect book for you! The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is a must-read for any leader. This book will teach leaders to embrace their purpose, build a strong inner team, and work together to maximize effectiveness in leadership situations.
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Who is John C Maxwell?
John C. Maxwell is a leadership expert with more than 34 years of experience in the field. He has written over 50 different books, translated into 40 languages worldwide. His most popular titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success.
At the foundation of most of John’s books is the understanding that leadership is a learned skill. This means that any person can become an effective leader with enough knowledge and time spent developing their skillset.
Do you think leadership is a learned skill?
Synopsis of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Throughout the book, John talks about the 21 laws he believes are critical to success but admits that you can’t be good at all of them. In this book, John stresses the importance of having a strong inner circle, or ‘support team.’ Leaders should fully invest in cultivating relationships with those who will support them on their journey to success.
Here are the “Laws” that resonated with me the most.
The Law of Influence
The Law of Influence is really all about how we as leaders have the ability to influence those around us. By influencing others, they become your followers who can help you gain momentum and build upon your leadership skills to create even more influence.
For any leader to be effective, they must understand how their actions are shaping others’ thoughts. The Law of Influence reminds leaders that what they say and do will ultimately impact someone else’s perspective on the world.
The Law of Priorities
If you have been around here for more than a hot minute, I think people do not spend enough time focusing on their core priorities. Or they spend too much time apologizing for what everyone else has prioritized for them because they were working on their own priority list.
This Law is really asking, “What are the most important things I can be doing RIGHT NOW to make my life better and more fulfilled?”
Figuring out what tasks are actually priorities will help you manage your time most effectively. This is harder than it sounds. That is why I’ve created a workbook to help you figure this all out. Let’s get your actual business and life priorities straightened out.
For any leader, this question becomes even more critical. As a whole, we need to know what our priorities are to guide those around us on how they should prioritize their time as well. We all have finite resources of energy and attention – it’s just about figuring out where these limited resources will produce the greatest payoff for you personally.
If you haven’t ever considered the 80/20 principle, now is the time to research and see what you can 80/20 in your life.
The Law of Connection
When you can connect with people and build a network of supporters, the odds of success go up exponentially. Understanding and supporting those around you help you make connections that will support and influence you in the future. These connections are important.
The Law of Connection reminds us that it is our responsibility as leaders to create relationships with other people for them to trust and follow you. It’s not enough to work hard alone – if we want others to join us on our journey, they need a reason and understanding why what we are doing matters.
Laws of Leadership Summary
If you are looking for a book on leadership skills, this is no doubt a winning book. I have been reading both The Laws of Leadership and John C Maxwell’s other books since college (we won’t talk about how long this has been). His insights into human psychology never cease to amaze me because he always seems so spot-on about everything going on inside my head.
I believe that we don’t spend enough time working on personal development and growth. The Laws of Leadership show how important every person is in a leadership role, even if they don’t have an official title or job position. Everyone has something to offer and should be investing in themselves as often as possible so they can bring their best selves into everything else they do (and hopefully inspire others alongside them on this journey).