John Maxwell (2007) writes that there are four ideas to his 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. These ideas are:

  1. The laws can be learned. This statement suggests some laws are easier to understand and apply to leadership than other laws. All laws are acquirable.
  2. The laws can stand alone. Maxwell indicated each law complements all other laws. Some laws you do not need in order to learn another law.
  3. The laws carry consequences# with them. This statement means that when leaders apply the laws, people will follow. If leaders violate or ignore the laws, leaders cannot lead others.
  4. # These laws are the foundation of leadership. Once a leader learns the principles, leaders have to practice them and apply them to their lives.

Maxwell states the 21 Laws of Irrefutable Leadership are:

  1. The Law of Lid
  2. The Law of Influence
  3. The Law of Process
  4. The Law of Navigation
  5. The Law of Addition
  6. The Law of Solid Ground
  7. The Law of Respect
  8. The Law of Intuition
  9. The Law of Magnetism
  10. The Law of Connection
  11. The Law of The Inner Circle
  12. The Law of Empowerment
  13. The Law of Picture
  14. The Law of Buy-In
  15. The Law of Victory
  16. The Law of Big Mo
  17. The Law of Priorities
  18. The Law of Sacrifice
  19. The Law of Timing
  20. The Law of Explosive Growth
  21. The Law of Legacy

Maxwell ends his book by saying, “Strive for excellence. Become the person you were created to be. And accomplish all that you were put on this earth to do. Leadership will help you to do that. Learn to lead — not just for yourself, but for the people who follow you. And as you reach the highest levels, don’t forget to take others with you to be the leaders of tomorrow” (Maxwell, 2007, p. 268).

Maxwell, J.C. (2007). The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership. Harper Collins.


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