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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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