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!