The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of a man. This is true. What a man is survives him. It can never be buried… ” -J. R. MILLER

I just finished reading The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership By John C. Maxwell. This book was pretty good and I could relate on so many levels from either being the subordinate in some situations, or the leader in others. The only law I thought that I did not relate to originally, was the “Law of Intuition”, but that changed halfway through the chapter. Each chapter breaks down how the laws work, and proceeds to provide real life applications of the process. The chapter end with a self evaluation for the reader to asses themselves, and see where the stand. It helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses so that you can become a stronger leader, and build a stronger leadership team.

Below you will find the 21 “Laws” to leadership, which are stated as such because it is a universally true concept no matter where you lead and is applicable across all cultures. 

I. The Law Of the Lid: Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness.

II. The Law of Influence: The true measure of leadership is influence–nothing more, nothing less.

III. The Law of Process: Leadership develops daily, not in a day.

IV. The Law of Navigation: Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.

V. The Law of Addition: Leaders add value by serving others.

VI. The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the foundation of leadership

VII. The Law of Respect: People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves

VIII. The Law of Intuition: Leaders evaluate everything with a leadership bias

IX. The Law of Magnetism: Who you are is who you attract

X. The Law of Connection: Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.

XI. The Law of the Inner Circle: A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him

XII. The Law of Empowerment: Only secure leaders give power to others

XIII. The Law of the Picture: People do what people see.

XIV. The Law of Buy-in: People buy into the leader, then the vision.

XV. The Law of Victory: Leaders find a way for the team to win.

XVI. The Law of the Big Mo: Momentum is a leader’s best fried

XVII. The Law of Priorities: Leaders understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment.

XVIII. The Law of Sacrifice: A leader must give up to go up.

XIX. The Law of Timing: When to lead is as important as what to do and where to go.

XX. The Law of Explosive Growth: To add growth, lead followers–to multiply, lead leaders.

XXI. The Law of Legacy: A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession.


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