The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership … Challenge

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

If you’re like me, you’ve flipped through a few books on leadership and business. Well, when it comes to leadership, there’s only one book I couldn’t not buy. And that’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell.

It’s a great book and the things John teaches should be practiced.

So I’ve put together a 21 day leadership challenge. Each day for the next 21 days, make it your mission to practice one of the laws of leadership. Someway, somehow, any way you can …

The 21 Day Leadership Challenge

  1. The law of the lid. Every leader has a ceiling. Maybe you’re destined to be the supreme master of the universe or maybe you can’t even get your dog to come when you call him. Think about your leadership lid and what you can do to push it higher.
  2. The law of influence. Leadership is not about your title or position. It’s about leading. Can you lead in a situation where your title or position don’t matter? Practice some anonymous leading.
  3. The law of process. Leaders use a process whenever they build something. It makes your ventures repeatable and scalable. Build a step-by-step process for doing something.
  4. The law of navigation. Setting goals is important. Navigation takes it one step further because you’re plotting a course of actions that take you to the goal. Define a goal for yourself and plot a course to reach it.
  5. The law of E. F. Hutton. This law is taken from the old commercials “When E. F. Hutton speaks, people listen”. Find someone who’s a stronger leader than you are. Now just listen.
  6. The law of solid ground. Leaders build trust. Spend some time today building or strengthening the trust that someone has in you.
  7. The law of respect. Loyalty and respect take trust a step further. Think about who you would follow no matter where they wanted to go. And why.
  8. The law of intuition. With experience, you’ll build great instincts. Leaders go with their gut many times because they need to make quick decisions. Practice making quick decisions using your intuition.
  9. The law of magnetism. Leaders attract people like a magnet. And good leaders always attract the right people to get the job done. What kind of people do you need to attract? Figure out how you can do that.
  10. The law of connection. Remember, without people there’s nothing there. Network and really connect with someone today.
  11. The law of the inner circle. Every leader has an inner circle of people they trust and rely on. Inner circle people have great talents and vision of their own. Better than yours in some things. Start building your inner circle.
  12. The law of empowerment. To build a team, you have to give other people ownership of what they’re doing. You have to let them lead. Empower someone else and let them lead.
  13. The law of reproduction. Leaders create followers. Great leaders create other leaders. Start being a leadership mentor to someone today.
  14. The law of buy-in. You believe in someone’s ideas after you already believe in the person. Practice selling YOU instead of just your ideas.
  15. The law of victory. When something doesn’t work out, you learn something new. But it’s important not to start with that idea or else you might give in to it. Strive for nothing less than total victory today.
  16. The law of the big mo. Momentum is capital. With every success, you build momentum that makes the next success easier. Take something small and use its success to do something bigger.
  17. The law of priorities. Leaders are busy. And some things are more important than other things. Put together a list of everything you have to do and prioritize it from most important to least.
  18. The law of sacrifice. You have more responsibilities to other people and other things as a leader. Sometimes, you have to give something up to take care of those responsibilities. Sacrifice something you care about for someone else today.
  19. The law of timing. Opportunities are everywhere. One of the big things that makes something a good opportunity is timing. Recognize an opportunity and pounce on it right away.
  20. The law of explosive growth. To grow, you need to lead everyone in the right direction. To create explosive growth, you need to lead other leaders in the right direction. Reach out and start leading other leaders today.
  21. The law of legacy. Eventually, someone else will do what you’re doing right now. More than building other leaders, more than being a mentor, you have to build the leader that can take care of and do everything you can do. Start building a leader you can pass the baton to.

It’s a big challenge. Have some fun with it.

16 thoughts on “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership … Challenge”

  1. Hi Gyanish,

    Welcome to Zoomstart. Glad you liked the post. Take on the challenge … it’ll make sure you’re on the right track, and get you moving faster along it.

  2. Incredible challenge! Unfortunately I can’t take it on as I work alone…
    (I realise that some can apply to social leadership but not all)

  3. Hey Andy,

    You can absolutely take the challenge! Some of the things, you can do in your online travels or outside of work in everyday situations. Others (process, priorities) don’t require someone else to be around.

    The key is “Someway, somehow, any way you can …”

  4. I shall definitely take a look into those! I might even have to buy the book 😀

    I’ve been meaning to read 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. I started it a while back, but never finished it!

  5. Hey Gregg,

    It’s a great book and an easy read. It’s filled with great stories and anecdotes, (some of them very famous) that really illustrate how leadership works.

    The 48 Laws of Power is a big book. I’ve flipped through it, and it came across as using more adversarial methods of leadership … leading through power and force does work … but only for a while. It’s a difficult way to lead that’s always ripe for revolution.

  6. A friend of mine turned me onto your blog site and I’m glad she did. I have always been a big fan of John Maxwell’s and I am hearing nothing but good things about this book. After reading your post, I’ll have to get it at my next opportunity. Thank you again.

  7. Michael,

    Glad you like the site. Thank your friend for me! If you’re a fan of John Maxwell’s, then you’ll definitely enjoy and get a lot of value out of this book.

  8. I ran into the 21 laws here from another link. It helped identify several areas about leadership I did not consider. I just ordered the book and look forward to get more insight on these areas. Thanks for the write up!

  9. Thank you for the great information you share. I’m studying to be a Pastor. One of the books that is a requirement in my class is (this one) 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. John Maxwell is an outstanding author who shares a lot of great information to his readers (in all of his books, actually). Currently I’m searching the net to find other “interpretations” of these laws to combine them all together. This way I can learn how to be a successful leader. I recommend this book to everyone who plays a role in leadership. Thank you again,

  10. It was nice to see what I believe in compiled together for all to read and understand. OUTSTANDING!! I know this article will impact so many in their careers; spreading some SHINE.

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