Summary: Law 6-10 Irrefutable Laws of leadership by John C. Maxwell
6. The Law of Solid Ground: Trust Is the Foundation of Leadership
- Build trust by displaying competence, connection, and character
- A leader must embraces changes, but his character must remain consistent
- Character communicates respect and potential. Three main areas of characters: Integrity, Authenticity, and Discipline
- Apologize if you broke trust, then make amends if possible
7. The Law of Respect: People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves
- Leaders have respect for other, and they understand that all leadership is voluntary
- They have courage, which then gives followers hope.
- A leader is successful. People respect the accomplishments of others and are drawn to success.
- Leaders are loyal.
- Leaders add value to others
8. The Law of Intuition: Leaders Evaluate Everything With A Leadership Bias
- Leaders are readers of trends by looking years or even decades ahead.
- They see where the organization is headed.
- Their intuition informs them that trouble, changing conditions, or opportunity of the future is coming
- Law of intuition can be applied by: keeping track of when you know something is right or wrong before you have all the facts; work on improving the ability to read people by reading books on relationships, engaging more people in conversation, and becoming a people watcher
9. The Law of Magnetism: Who You Are Is Who You Attract
- Whom a leader attracts is not determined by what you “want”, but by who you are. You must have the same qualities as the people you are seeking.
- People are drawn to those who share qualities with them.
- Positive people tend to attract people with a positive attitude because attitude is one of the most contagious qualities a human being can possess.
- Use the Law of Process (Law #3) to increase your leadership skill.
- To apply this law: write down a list of the qualities you desire in your followers, then checkmark which quality you share or those you think are your weaknesses; find mentors to help you grow in each area of deficit, and ideally that mentor should work in a similar field but be several steps of you in his or her career.
10. The Law of Connection: Leaders Touch A Heart Before They Ask For A Hand
- You can’t move people to action unless you first move them with emotion.
- To apply this law: you must first connect with yourself because you must know who you are and have confidence in yourself if you desire to connect with others; then communicate with openness and sincerity because people can tell when someone is disingenuous (BE AUTHENTIC); then know your audience by speaking what they care about, not just what you care about; then Live your message by practice what you preach; then go where they are by attuned to others’ culture, background, and education, and adapt to others instead of forcing others to adapt to you.
- Focus on people, have belief in them and offer them direction and hope