Applying 21 Laws to the Five Levels of Leadership

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21 Laws refer to The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, one of John C Maxwell’s must-read leadership book. As you learn about the 5 levels of leadership, you probably wonder which laws to practice on each level. The truth is that every law can be practiced on every level. However, certain laws are best learned as you move up the 5 levels of leadership so the following table gives you a reference for your growth process.

How to apply 21 laws of leadership on each level?

1. POSITION (RIGHTS)

People follow you because they have to

Law No. 1 – The Law of the Lid: Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness. Every person has a lid on his or her leadership potential. The challenge we all face is growing and developing to our full leadership potential, thereby raising the lid on our actual leadership ability.

Law No. 3 – The Law of Process: Leadership develops daily, not in a day. A leadership position can be received in a day, but leadership development is a lifelong process. By embracing the Law of process, we understand that leadership appointment is only a starting point.

Law No. 4 – The Law of Navigation: Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. When you receive a leadership position, it’s wise to recognize how early you are in the leadership journey and how much you still have to learn.

2. PERMISSION (RELATIONSHIPS)

People follow you because they want to

Law No. 2 – The Law of Influence: The true measure of leadership is influence – Nothing more, nothing less. If you boil leadership down to its essence, it is influence. Leaders help people work together to accomplish goals that benefit everyone involved.

Law No. 5 – The Law of Addition: Leaders add value by serving others. Many times leaders begin their careers with selfish motives. To move up to Level 2, leaders need to practice the Law of Addition. They lead in order to help people and add value to them.

Law No. 6 – The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the foundation of Leadership. You cannot influence people who don’t trust you. Trust is the glue that hold people together. Trust begins at Level 2 and it grows as you climb to the highest level.

Law No. 10 – The Law of Connection: Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand. Connecting is the having the ability to identify with and relate to people in such a way that increases your influence with them.

3. PRODUCTION (RESULTS)

People follow because of what you have done for the organization

Law No. 13 – The Law of the Picture: People do what people see. When people see results from their leaders, they know results are expected from them. Whenever results are an expectation, greater productivity happens.

Law No. 15 – The Law of Victory: Leaders find a way for the Team to win. Leaders at level 3 always find ways to win. And they do this on a regular basis, regardless of the odds, obstacles, or circumstances.

Law No. 16 – The Law of the Big Mo: Momentum is a leader’s best friend. Level 3 leadership is where momentum kicks in. Good results create momentum. Production creates a positive cycle that can continue to roll on and on.

Law No. 17 – The Law of Priorities: Leaders understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment. It’s very easy for us to work hard all day every day, and still never get done the important things that make us and our team productive. So the key here is prioritizing.

4. PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT (REPRODUCTION)

People follow because of what you have done for them

Law No. 11 – The Law of the Inner Circle: Leaders’ potential is determined by those closest to them. If you are a leader with a big vision, you won’t be able to achieve it without a team of leaders – an inner circle. They help you achieve and are almost like an extended family.

Law No. 12 – The Law of Empowerment: Only secure leaders give power to others. You cannot reach Level 4 unless you are willing to empower people, promote them and release them to lead. This takes a strong sense of security and an abundance mind-set.

Law No. 14 – The Law of Buy-in: People buy into the leader, then the vision. Few things are more inspiring and energizing than leaders who seek to serve their people and see them rise up to their potential and become leaders themselves.

5. PINNACLE (RESPECT)

People follow because of who you are and what you represent

Law No. 20 – The Law of Explosive Growth: To add growth, lead followers – to multiply, lead leaders. Every time you develop a potential leader to Level 4, you change your organization for the better and increase its potential. The reason is when you develop a leader, you gain not only a leader but also all his or her followers.

Law No. 21 – The Law of Legacy: A Leaders’ lasting value is measured by succession. The goal in life is to create something that lives forever. The best way to do that as a Level 5 leader is to invest what you have in the lives of others.

Excerpt from “The 5 Levels of Leadershipby John C. Maxwell.

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How can leaders inspire their team members?

If people see their work they are currently doing as nothing more than a job for a pay-check, they will become frustrated overtime. To be successful, to inspire, we need to keep growing, learning, and expanding our potential.

If the people in your team have settled into their role or position, whether it’s because they are in a comfort zone or because they see their work just as a job, it’s your job as a leader to inspire and help them open their eyes and think beyond today. Help them to realize that a job is never big enough for a human being. Offer them something beyond their job by doing the following:

1. Share your passion: If you have a passion for what you do, you need to share it with your people. A leader’s passion is contagious. It can attract other passionate people and it can spark a flame in people who might not otherwise be passionate. If they can understand and connect with the vision you have and the passion you feel, there is a good chance that they will catch it and become passionate too.

2. Paint a picture of a better future: People often want to make a difference. One of your job as a leader is to paint a picture of their future that inspires them to work harder today. Tell them who they can become. Show them what they could someday be doing. This must be done with integrity, because as leaders, we never want to manipulate people. We just want to help them envision the future.

3. Show how their role makes a difference: Too often people don’t understand how the tasks they do contribute to the bigger picture. Good leaders help team members understand their role. They help them see how their contribution is making a difference. This gives team members a sense of ownership over the mission, and inspires them to do better work.

4. Challenge them to keep growing: H Nelson Jackson said: “I do not believe you can do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.” That’s why we need to help people see the value of growing. It is essential not only for the organization’s viability, but also for the individual’s future. People who make growth their goal – instead of title, position, salary, or other external target – always have a future.

All the above is only effective if, as a leader, you are yourself passionate about your own work. That is essential. People cannot catch fire from a leader who has grown cold. If you aren’t fired up, you are a big part of the problem, and the first person you must address is yourself.

Excerpt from “Good leaders ask great questions” by John C. Maxwell.

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Best leaders know how to retain talents

We already explore the four types of leaders who cause employees to leave. However, the truth is, no matter how good we are as leaders, employees still leave. What we can do is to improve and put our effort in becoming a leader that employees always want to follow. The below actions and behaviors will more or less remind us to become a more effective leader.

1. Take responsibility to build strong relationship with employees: If something is causing the relationship to go bad, take the initiative to amend.

2. Perform exit interviews when employees quit: Similar to job interviews, exit interviews with leaving employees are to find the true reasons why they want to quit the job. If we are the reason, offer them our apology and ask them whether it is too late for them to change their mind.

3. Highly value employees: If employees trust us in the leadership role, that’s a good thing. But it will be better if we also truly believe in them.

4. Consider the trust of employees as the most important thing: Maybe we are not excellent in every aspect, but we must show for our employees to see that we are trustworthy in any situation, at any time.

5. Keep our spiritual health to create a harmonious work environment: Always try to maintain a positive mindset and right behaviors toward employees so that they feel safe to work with us.

6. Cultivate a learning and growing spirit: Keep on learning and growing your leadership ability. When we’re truly confident and mature, we’re no longer afraid that our subordinates will replace us. We will become the leverage for them to reach their full potential, not the rope that ties them down. Do not forget that the ultimate purpose of a great leader with influence is to add values to others.

One of the worst things that can happen for a company is losing its talents. If that happens, do not blame your competitors or employees or any other external factors. The first person to blame is the leaders. To help the company retain talents to achieve the goals and mission, the first thing we must do is to develop ourselves to become more effective leaders.

Adapted from “Leadership Gold” by John C. Maxwell.

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It all begins with an intention

The first week of 2017 has passed. What have you done so far? Maybe you have looked at the journey you’ve been through in 2016 to mine the golden lessons. Maybe you know exactly what you want to do in 2017. Maybe you’ve figured out your goals for the next 12 months.

Almost everyone has big goals when the New Year begins, but near the end of the year, nearly 90% of the goals don’t get achieved. Why?

1. Because you want to have the achievements immediately with strong will, but you can only maintain that will in a short time because we all have limited will power. The truth is, everything needs time to mature.

2. Because you want to do too many things at the same time, so you have to jump from one thing to another. Our biggest problem is the lack of focus, so we can only finish things half-way.

3. Because you spend too much time on planning, but not taking early actions. Plans are just plans, because when we start to do, the plans will change. The better way is to just act, then the most feasible plans will appear.

4. Because you want to have the results but don’t want to follow through the process. Only the whole process will determine the quality of the results. And sometimes, what people see is only the last 5% of the whole journey of effort.

5. Because you want to change yourself too much, creating stress for yourself, but your mind and body don’t accept. We all have many bad habits, preventing us from changing. If the change is enforced too strongly and quickly, our negative emotions will make our effort seem counter-productive.

6. Because you don’t follow through and check our progress, and you don’t have ways to measure it. Only by measuring our progress, we can know how to improve.

7. Because you don’t have a partner to support you with the same goals. The partner will help us maintain our energy and motivation when needed, and will be the one to check our commitment and discipline.

8. And most importantly, because you don’t know why you need to achieve those goals. Only strong reason is enough for us to keep our focus on one direction and not to be distracted by the seductive surrounding.

No matter which reason you’re facing, you need an important key to begin and maintain your good habits, so that you can take little steps to achieve your goals. That key is “intentionality”. In his book “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”, John Maxwell put intentionality as the beginning of growth. He said, growth doesn’t accidentally happen, to grow we must be intentional on growing.

Being intentional means knowing exactly what we want to achieve and take actions every day toward that, no matter how small the actions are.

Being intentional means imagining how far we can go, and take little steps toward that.

Being intentional means taking actions now, don’t wait, don’t procrastinate.

And being intentional means overcoming our own fears by good preparation, and always being ready to take the opportunities.

All great things begin with a desire, and start with small steps. You will need the support from your growing partners. The Mastermind Group program is a new model of learning, which will help you achieve your goals with the support from other members from different experience and background, with the spirit of harmony and effort. Moreover, the Mastermind Group program will be conducted by Stephen Khor from ELTD Leadership Training Company. Mr. Khor is certified John Maxwell trainer, coach, speaker of John Maxwell Team – with more than 10,000 members worldwide – and Six Seconds’ certified practitioner.

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