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

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

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by John C. Maxwell
     
 

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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

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781418508265
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2007
Series:
John C. Maxwell's Laws Series
Sold by:
THOMAS NELSON
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
14,972
File size:
926 KB

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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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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

"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.

Meet the Author

John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold 25 million books, is called America’s #1 leadership authority. In 2014, Maxwell received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, and was named the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. and Business Insider. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained more than 5 million leaders in 188 countries. For more information visit JohnMaxwell.com.

 

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karina_hohler More than 1 year ago
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.
Nightshade_XS More than 1 year ago
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.
review_the_reviewer More than 1 year ago
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.
Coach_Bert More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
kadkins More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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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!