The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership!

I found myself glued to this book in no time for this was based on one of my topics of interest – Leadership. To add on, nonfiction is something that appeals me faster than a work of fiction.

John Maxwell illustrates lucidly his observations about leadership over the years through ample of relatable instances. This helps the reader get connected with his writing intentions and carry on with the flow. The reader would be left with the view of how leadership is always more of an observable experience that makes way for the learning to happen. Some traits are inborn, some are developed over time and need.

Below is the way I summarize the takeaways from this thought-provoking book.

  • Rule # 1 – The Law of Effectiveness

The author conveys with the example of how McDonald’s rose to fame that leadership is about effectiveness. He says the more effective the leadership is, the more is the outcome and the success rate keeping dedication same.

  • Rule # 2 – The Law of Influence 

The author says one cannot lead if one cannot influence. That’s how the impact is felt around.

  • Rule # 3 – The Law of Process 

Leadership is a continuous process of learning and growth. It is the consistency that should drive an individual and the result(s) would show up eventually.

  • Rule # 4 – The Law of Navigation

Charting out the course in a planned manner helps in tackling with unforeseen circumstances. And, preparation is the key.

  • Rule # 5 – The Law of E F Hutton

When a true leader speaks, the world listens.

  • Rule # 6 – The Law of Solid Ground 

The foundation of leadership is trust that renders a solid ground.

  • Rule # 7 – The Law of Respect 

People respect and follow leaders who are stronger than they are.

  • Rule # 8 – The Law of Intuition 

True leaders evaluate with their inherent instincts and other intangible factors. They use this to solve real world problems.

  • Rule # 9 – The Law of Magnetism 

Leaders attract people with similar personalities.

  • Rule # 10 – The Law of Connection

Leaders tend to first connect with people through heart and then ask for the hand.

  • Rule # 11 – The Law of Inner Circle 

A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him/her. The strength of the people falling in the inner circle directly/indirectly impact the overall execution of the leader.

  • Rule # 12 – The Law of Empowerment 

Only secure leaders give power to others. Becoming dispensable makes a true leader indispensable. It’s the practice of uplifting others that show the real potential of a leader.

  • Rule # 13 – The Law of Reproduction 

It takes a leader to raise up a leader. It takes one to know one, show one, and grow one.

  • Rule # 14 – The Law of Buy-in 

People buy into the leader and then the vision.

  • Rule # 15 – The Law of Victory 

Leaders find a way for their team to win. Leaders who practice the Law of Victory believe that anything less than success is unacceptable. And they have no Plan B. That keeps them fighting.

  • Rule # 16 – The Law of Big Mo 

Momentum is a leader’s best friend. If your desire is to do great things with your organization, never overlook the power of momentum. It truly is the leader’s best friend. If you can develop it, you can do almost anything.

  • Rule # 17 – The Law of Priorities 

Leaders understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment. Prioritize based on what gets most of the work done.

  • Rule # 18 – The Law of Sacrifice 

A leader must give up to go up.

  • Rule # 19 – The Law of Timing 

When to lead is as important as what to do and where to go. Only the right action at the right time will bring success. Anything else exacts a high price.

  • Rule # 20 – The Law of Explosive Growth 

To add growth, lead followers. To multiply, lead leaders.

  • Rule # 21 – The Law of Legacy 

A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession. A leader’s lasting value will be measured by succession.

 Some of the lines from the book that caught my attention;

“Character makes trust possible. And trust makes leadership possible.” 

“When the right leader and the right timing come together, incredible things happen.” 

The concepts in the book are definitely worth trying out over and over. This is one of the most interesting reads I ever had on leadership. Worth reading all over!


Still Holding On!

In my world of emptiness, 

You were the gleam of happiness, 

Those rays of hope, 

Were all I ever craved for. 


Receding my growing feelings, 

That never got to get kindled, 

How do I express the pain, 

Of this excruciating slain ?! 


Turning me numb, 

Making me lifeless, 

I struggle to get back, 

To my actual senses. 


Even before the sun rose, 

The night never really dawned, 

Behind the smile and composure, 

I carry dabbed tears alike. 


Wandering away from every thought, 

Reminiscing the minutest moment, 

You still somewhere lurk around, 

When moving on is the only ground. 


There are still questions abound, 

Spending days pondering around, 

Pacifying and looking for answers to, 

Why do I still hold on to you ?

The Leap of Faith!

The beautiful gift which I prefer to call as ‘Life’ would definitely not be the same if it were predictable and worked the way we want. Predictability would have come from having things getting carved out the way we plan for our lives ahead. When this is what we often desire for and eagerly look forward to, which is when we overlook this wonderful facet of life which gives it its inherent beauty and its inherent meaning.  


In this voyage, there are often times when we humans get entangled at the hands of destiny and our sought-after circumstances and it is an abrupt tendency to avoid facing the reality. There would be such trying times when we would hardly be wary of where we are heading to and what outcome an action of ours would bring about. There would be situations in which we are clueless and as such rendered helpless.   

When we find ourselves in situation(s) in which we no longer have any control of and it becomes too difficult to decipher which way to step ahead, the leap of faith comes into picture. The faith that things would ease out to the best of self not exactly knowing how they would, should be the core essence of our actions. Keeping ourselves moving in the right direction and in the righteous path is all we need to do. Keep holding on and do not yield easily. This is perhaps the time when we discover our true selves for our character that builds up during this time. It takes a great deal of courage and mindset to overcome our fears, which might pave a way to amazing thing(s) taking shape in life.  

If not positive, the result(s) would definitely be ‘peaceful’. After all, peace is such a rarity in this busy world we have built around ourselves. And who knows, happiness might just be at the doorstep!  ❤