The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

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If you’ve never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you’ve been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you’ll love this new expanded and updated one.

Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller...

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Overview

If you’ve never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you’ve been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you’ll love this new expanded and updated one.

Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better:

  • Every Law of Leadership has been sharpened and updated
  • Seventeen new leadership stories are included
  • Two new Laws of Leadership are introduced
  • New evaluation tool will reveal your leadership strengths—and weaknesses
  • New application exercises in every chapter will help you grow

Why would Dr. Maxwell make changes to his best-selling book?

“A book is a conversation between the author and reader,” says Maxwell. “It’s been ten years since I wrote The 21 Laws of Leadership. I’ve grown a lot since then. I’ve taught these laws in dozens of countries around the world. This new edition gives me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned.”

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"Our nation and its institutions are crying out for leaders. John Maxwell . . . shows us the true path to leadership through the application of timeless principles supported by the bedrock of personal character."

Edward C. Emma, President & COO, Jockey International, Inc.

"An irrefutable must-read on leadership that is a simple and powerful list of guidelines to help build leadership in many arenas."
--S. Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman, Chick-Fil-A, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785288374
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/18/2007
  • Series: John C. Maxwell's Laws Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 774
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1New York Timesbestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Maxwell was identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. He is the founder of the
John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP. He can be followed atTwitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information visitJohnMaxwell.com.

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INTRODUCTION

I have the privilege of teaching leadership across the country and around the globe, and I often get the opportunity to talk with people who are attending one of my conferences for a second, third,
or even fourth time. At a recent conference here in the United States,
a man in his late fifties whom I had met several years before came up and spoke to me during a break. He grabbed my hand and shook it vigorously. "Learning leadership has changed my life," he said. "But
I sure wish I had heard you twenty years ago."

"No, you don't," I answered with a chuckle.

"What do you mean?" he said. "I would have achieved so much more! If I had known these leadership principles twenty years ago,
I'd be in a totally different place in life. Your leadership laws have fueled my vision. They've given me the desire to learn more about leadership and accomplish my goals. If I'd learned this twenty years ago, I could have done some things that I had never even dreamed possible."

"Maybe you would have," I answered. "But twenty years ago, I
wouldn't have been able to teach them to you. It has taken me my entire lifetime to learn and apply the laws of leadership to my life."

As I write this, I am fifty-one years old. I've spent more than thirty years in professional leadership positions. I've founded four companies.
And I focus my time and energy on doing what makes a positive impact in the lives of people. But I've also made a lot of mistakes along way—more than most people I know. Every success and every failure has been an invaluable lesson in what it means to lead.

As I travel and speak to organizations and individuals, people frequently ask me to define the essentials of leadership. "If you were to take everything you've learned about leadership over the years and boil it down into a short list," they ask, "what would it be?"

This book is my answer to that often-asked question. It has taken me a lifetime to learn these 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. My desire is to communicate them to you as simply and clearly as possible.
And it sure won't hurt if we have some fun along the way.

One of the most important truths I've learned over the years is this: Leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do. Times change. Technology marches forward. Cultures vary from place to place. But the true principles of leadership are constant—whether you're looking at the citizens of ancient Greece, the
Hebrews in the Old Testament, the armies of the last two hundred years, the rulers of modern Europe, the pastors in local churches, or the businesspeople of today's global economy. Leadership principles stand the test of time. They are irrefutable.

As you read the following chapters, I'd like you to keep in mind four ideas:

  1. The laws can be learned. Some are easier to understand and apply than others, but every one of them can be acquired.
  2. The laws can stand alone. Each law complements all the others,
    but you don't need one in order to learn another.
  3. The laws carry consequences with them. Apply the laws, and people will follow you. Violate or ignore them, and you will not be able to lead others.
  4. These laws are the foundation of leadership. Once you learn the principles, you have to practice them and apply them to your life.

Whether you are a follower who is just beginning to discover the impact of leadership or a natural leader who already has followers,
you can become a better leader. As you read about the laws, you'll recognize that you may already practice some of them effectively. Other laws will expose weaknesses you didn't know you had. But the greater the number of laws you learn, the better leader you will become. Each law is like a tool, ready to be picked up and used to help you achieve your dreams and add value to other people. Pick up even one, and you will become a better leader. Learn them all, and people will gladly follow you.

Now, let's open the toolbox together.

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Table of Contents

Session 1:
The Law of the Lid
The Law of Influence
The Law of Process
The Law of Navigation
Session 2:
The Law of E. F. Hutton
The Law of Solid Ground
The Law of Respect
The Law of Intuition
Session 3:
The Law of Magnetism
The Law of Connection
The Law of the Inner Circle
The Law of Empowerment
Session 4:
The Law of Reproduction
The Law of Buy-In
The Law of the Victory
The Law of the Big Mo
Session 5:
The Law of Priorities
The Law of Sacrifice
The Law of Timing
The Law of Explosive Growth
The Law of Legacy
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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a book all leaders, born or made, should read. Maxwell's

    This is a book all leaders, born or made, should read. Maxwell's leadership laws are succinct and highly useful. He supports the laws with real business stories and leadership anecdotes, then he shows you how to apply these laws (each chapter ends with practical strategies and activities to help you reflect and grow your leadership abilities). Honestly, I couldn't stop reading.

    But here are the main points from each chapter/law of "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership":

    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.

    A great book and the most digestible, practical, and actionable leadership book I've come across other than Leadership 2.0 which I also recommend.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    Simply Brilliant

    When it comes to leadership. This book is number 1. Now with the updated version, there is a part at the end of each chapter which instructs you in the ways where you can apply what has just been tought to you. If this book is used to it's fullest pottential, you will become a leaders leader. The type of person anyone would want to follow. Not to mention, this book is extremely easy to understand. I didn't have to read a paragraph a second time to make sure I interpreted the words correctly. A highly recommended read for anyone who wants to develop themselves into a successful leader in any organization.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    It helps to read the book!

    David Marquet - Practicum obviously failed to follow the basic rule of book reviewers - he failed to read the book. Everything he says is contray to the teachings of John Maxwell.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

    Outstanding work by matthews

    this may be the best book i have read. It is easy reading and very insightful on perspectives of life. I would recomend this to all readers. it is life changing.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

    best book on leadership

    the 21 principles displayed in this book can help any individual lead any organization through thick and thin, and in the end win. the characteristic traits this book helps you acquire can be used in any business and can develop a long lasting solid foundation that can pay throughout time.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

    The Leader-Follower Model is so Last Century!

    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John Maxwell.

    My name is David Marquet, from Practicum, Inc and we help our customers structure their organizations to maximize the potential of their people. We call this leadership. One of the basic tenants we have found is that thinking about your people as "followers" limits their enthusiasm, energy, and commitment. The result is the need to empower them. Better is the organization that refuses to dis-empower them in the first place!

    Unfortunately, it is through this centuries old leadership model that breaks the world into "leaders" and "followers" that Maxwell views the world. As such, the book has limited value for those moving to post-industrial age leadership models.

    3 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    Great Laws, Great Read

    The laws are good to follow and reading through the book I took note of ones that I needed to improve on and implement. I do think it is a little repetitive and some laws could be combined but overall a great leadership book, especially with the evaluations at the end of each chapter!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Great Leadership Book

    This is the second book that I have read by John C. Maxwell. Very informative and gave a lot of insight into molding your leadership ability.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Grwat Great book

    A+

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Maxwell is the leader of leaders!

    This is my all time favorite book on leadership. Must reading for anyone in leadership, wanting to get into leadership, or wanting to see just how ineffective their leaders (if they are leaders) really are. Don't miss an opportunity to learn from John C. Maxwell's work or hear him speak!

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended!!!

    John C Maxwell is a time-tested leadership "guru." He's been communicating leadership principles for a long time, and it shows in this book. We read this book during my last semester of undergraduate studies. At the time, it was all about trying to ensure that I got an "A" out of the Business Seminar, but I re-read it recently and can see these laws and principles very clearly on projects and personal ventures. Definitely worth putting in your library.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    The Simple Truth

    This book is beneficial to me as a leader in my company and I believe that you can benefit from it as well or I wouldn't waste time writing a review. I highly recommend reading this book. You may already know several of the laws of leadership but even if you learn only four new ideas then you've become that much more knowledgeable as a leader. My team is worth it and it was worth my time invested. Is it worth your time? You decide.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Excellent read for developing leadership skills

    Well written and provides practical insigts into developing leadership skills to meet today's challenges in leading diverse teams

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2011

    A Must if you lead people.

    I do not lead people in the workplace, this book goes beyond the workplace and into leadership principals that can be practiced into everyday life, family and friendship. When you read it, think about the people that you do work for.....you will sooooo badly want to give them a copy with a grin on your face, but when they were finished reading it, you will just have comitted political sucide. Or, the person that reads it may just implement these principals and make your existence in the work place tolerable. I know a few people at Airgas that should read this!

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    Outstanding

    I've listened to these CDs several times over the last couple of weeks. As a senior manager in a court-related agency, leadership skills continuously need honing. As Maxwell himself asserts, leadership is not learned in a day or a week or a month - it is a lifetime of learning. About the 21 Laws - some are "no-brainers" while others really make one stop and think, finding areas where they can be applied. Whether simple or more complex, listening to The Laws inspires and motivates one to be the best possible leader he or she can be.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

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    Great Read even better put into action.

    Helpful and inciteful. Leadership has many venues, even as a parent, a teacher, and more...a good read but better when put into action. Results are just that. Results!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    Maxwell's succeeds with a best seller

    Maxwell's book is very entertaining and interesting to read. It was an easy read which makes it the best kind of book because individuals are simply given the facts of the book. I loved the application sections at the ends of each chapter because it allows you to be able to place the law of the leadership you have just read about and apply it to real life situations. Coming from a college student's point of view, not having much time to read a book, this book is great to make time for. I found this book very helpful to improving certain leadership skills before entering the work force.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

    Great book to read

    helps me in life on how to lead others I learnt that I must get the timing correct before do it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    Short and sweet: 21 principles of leadership

    Frequent motivational author John C. Maxwell, a former pastor, squarely based these 21 laws of leadership on enduring values. These guidelines are meant to inspire, not innovate, as they offer techniques to make leading by principle a practical reality. Maxwell¿s straightforward, insightful rules are well worth the time you will spend reading them. We recommend this gem of simplicity as a game book for building stronger teams and becoming a better leader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2006

    Learn leadership from a man who is a leader...

    If you care anything at all about being an effective leader, you should get this book. From page 1 all the way through 226 of the book you will discover ways to improve your leadership ability in order to get greater results in your business affairs and your life. You need to read about the 5 myths of leadership. You need to know about the PLAN AHEAD acronym on page 40 You need to read about 'real leaders' on page 50. You need to read about how leaders think. You need to read about how leaders connect... You need to read about how to get people to buy in... The results that this book can produce in you is well worth its small price.

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