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In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell shares what he’s learned from his lifelong study of leadership. There’s more to leadership than being in charge or having a title, and the 21 laws cover requirements such as influence, trust, and the importance of serving others. For a leader, success means achieving your vision. Following the laws will help you develop into the kind of person who can get things done.

The laws of leadership are broadly applicable. You can use them in any context, whether professional or personal.

There are several important things to consider when studying the laws:

  • You can learn all of the laws. You may be naturally more comfortable with some than others, and some are easier or harder to learn, but they’re all attainable.
  • To be an effective leader, you must apply all of the laws.
  • That said, no one’s going to be perfect at all 21.
    • You don’t need to learn all the laws at once. They complement each other, but learning even one makes you a better leader.
    • Create a leadership team of people who have diverse and complementary skills. Choose people who are good at the laws you’re not.
  • You can’t ignore the laws. Choosing to apply them (or not) comes with consequences. Applying the laws will give positive results, ignoring or disobeying them will create problems.
  • Learning the laws is only the first step to becoming a better leader. All of the laws require practice.

Here are the 21 irrefutable laws. (Shortform note: For the sake of clarity, we’ve grouped the laws by theme. Because each is independent, you don’t need to follow them in order.)

Laws of Human Nature

These laws describe universal truths about the way the world works.

Law #1: Leaders Are Capped by Their Leadership Ability. If you’re not a good leader, no matter how good you are at anything else, you’ll never reach your full potential.

Law #7: Leaders Are Respected, and People Follow the Strongest and Most Respected Leader. By nature, people follow those who they respect, and those who are stronger than themselves. If there is more than one leader vying for followers, the followers (and weaker leaders) will flock to the strongest leader.

Law #9: Leaders Attract People Similar to Themselves. People are drawn to people who are similar to themselves. Therefore, leaders attract other leaders.

Law #13: Leaders Lead by Example. By nature, followers copy the behavior and values of their leaders. Leaders demonstrate the path to success, and followers imitate because they want to be part of the success too.

Law #14: Leaders Are Followed, Visions Aren’t. People follow leaders, not ideas. A person with a compelling vision is just a person. A leader is someone who can get others to an end (and followers may not even care specifically what that end is).

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Law #9: Leaders Attract People Similar to Themselves: During the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt recruited an all-volunteer cavalry company. It...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Introduction

Everything that you do in life involves other people, whether it's running a business, playing a sport, pursuing a hobby, or simply being with your family. To most effectively interact with others, you need leadership skills. In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell outlines rules to follow to increase your leadership abilities.

To be most effective, you must apply all 21 laws when acting as a leader. However, no one is good at everything. (Even John C. Maxwell says that there are five he hasn’t mastered.) Assemble a leadership team (Law #11)...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #1: Leaders Are Capped by Their Leadership Ability

Your ability to be effective at anything is capped by your leadership ability. This is because anything you do that involves people involves leadership, and nearly every endeavor in life involves people. Think of the importance of leadership in a sport like basketball. If your dribbling skills are level 6, but your leadership ability is level 1, you’re never going to become great. You might be very good at dribbling, but the game also involves teamwork and interacting with others.

Leadership abilities limit organizations just as much as they limit individuals. That’s why, when an organization is doing poorly, often the first step is to change the leader. For example, when a professional sports team is struggling, the coaches are often fired.

How do you improve your effectiveness or the effectiveness of your organization? There are two main factors, and, as we’ll see, the second is far more important:

Factor #1: Dedication to Success

You can increase your dedication to success by learning to excel in your field. For example, if you’re running a restaurant business, you can work on the menu, the speed of service, the schtick, and so on.

**Of the...

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Effectiveness is made up of two factors—dedication to success and leadership ability.


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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #2: Leaders Influence Others

Influence is one of the most critical qualities in a leader. If you don’t have influence, you don’t have followers, and without followers, you’re not a leader. You’re just a person with title or rank, or a person going first.

Followers consider several factors when choosing whether or not to follow (or be influenced by) a leader:

  • Positive character traits (Law #6, leaders have good character). Some people are by nature sincere, diligent, and trustworthy. People tend to follow potential leaders who have admirable personalities.
  • Personal connections. People who personally know a potential leader are more likely to follow them.
    • For example, when you start a new job, prioritize relationship-building with your coworkers and employees.
  • Competence. Followers consider whether or not their potential leader is knowledgeable and has a plan for the future.
  • Intuition (Law #8, leaders pay attention to intangibles). Is a potential leader aware of intangibles as well as quantifiable details? Consider things like morale, motivation, timing, and energy.
  • Background. If a potential leader already has experience acting in a leadership position,...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #3: Leaders Develop Leadership Ability Over Time

Are people born leaders? Leadership ability is based in skill, not inherent talent. Leadership can be learned over time, and that willingness and ability to learn is what separates leaders and followers.

There are five phases to developing leadership:

  • Ignorance. You don’t know that leadership is important yet.
  • Awareness and incompetence. You’ve recognized that leadership is valuable and important, but you don’t know how to do it yet. You realize you need to learn.
  • Daily, targeted learning. You research leadership. You read, speak with other leaders, attend conferences, etc.
  • Practice. You’re now in a leadership position and practice the laws of leadership daily. You become a good leader.
  • Muscle memory. Leadership is now second nature. You lead automatically, according to your instincts.

There are no shortcuts to applying this law. Learning to be a leader is a...

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Shortform Exercise: Develop Your Leadership Skills

The third phase of developing leadership is daily, targeted practice.


What phase of leadership development are you currently in? Are you in the ignorance phase? Are you already practicing? How do you know you’re in this phase?

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #4: Leaders Prepare and Plan

Leaders plan and anticipate because they’re always aware that their followers depend on them. Leaders of large organizations particularly need to keep this law in mind. Decisions affect more people, and it’s more difficult to coordinate changes, with a larger team.

Here are some guidelines to using this law:

  • Reflect on past experiences, particularly failures.
    • Past successes remind you that you’re competent and give you confidence.
    • Past failures teach you where you’re weak and need to improve.
    • Pitfall alert! Many natural leaders tend to focus on the future rather than the past, so regularly remind yourself to take the time to reflect.
  • Examine the current conditions. Before making a decision, take all factors into account, both quantitative and qualitative. Morale is just as relevant as finances.
  • Source information from others. You will never personally know everything. Talk to leaders and followers both within and outside of your organization, and seek out mentors.
  • Be optimistic but also realistic. Leaders need to believe that they can achieve their goals. However, they must also seriously consider obstacles. If you...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #5: Leaders Serve Others

Do a leader’s motivations matter? Is the end result more important than whatever happened to achieve it?

The author believes that true leadership is measured by how much we serve others, not how far we advance ourselves. If you’re in charge of people, you’re affecting them, and never neutrally. You’re always having an additive (positive) or subtractive (negative) effect. Often subtractors aren’t aware that they’re negatively affecting others. However, leaders who positively affect their followers are nearly always doing it intentionally, because it takes work. By nature human beings are selfish. To care for others, it takes conscious effort to prioritize their needs above your own. And as a leader, you’re often the only person who can serve people in a particular way.

When you serve others, you benefit too. Serving creates a sense of fulfillment in the leader, and helps her put together a cohesive, loyal team free of conflict and sans followers with questionable motivations.

There are four guidelines to applying this law:

  • Show people that you care for them. Never abuse anyone, and regularly demonstrate that you...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #6: Leaders Are Trustworthy and Have Good Character

Like Law #2 (leaders influence), this law is critical. Trustworthiness is the most important trait in a leader. If you don’t have your followers’ trust, or you’ve broken it, you can’t influence people.

You build trust by having good character. If you’re honest, caring, fair, hardworking, and/or a variety of other traits followers find appealing, they’ll trust and follow you. If you lie and cheat, followers will turn away. Your character communicates three things about your trustworthiness as a leader to your followers:

  • Your character shows whether or not you are consistent. People want to know if they can count on you, and if they can always count on you, in every situation.
  • Your character demonstrates your leadership potential. Talent is only a portion of potential. To be a good leader and get things done, you must have positive personality traits.
  • Your character determines whether or not people respect you. You build respect by making good decisions, admitting mistakes, and prioritizing others. Your character determines how you make decisions, handle your mistakes, and choose your priorities.

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Shortform Exercise: What Is Your Character Saying About You?

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #7: Leaders Are Respected, and People Follow the Strongest and Most Respected Leader

By nature, people follow those who are more skilled than they are. When this principle is applied to leadership, it translates to: people will follow the person whose leadership they respect most. Even other leaders will follow another leader, if the other leader is stronger. And the better of a leader you are, the more easily you can assess the leadership ability of others.

There are several ways to gain respect (and therefore followers):

  • Possess leadership ability. If you’re not lucky enough to be born with it, develop it (see Law #3, leaders develop over time).
    • Pitfall alert! Natural talent isn’t enough to truly excel. The five factors below are also required to reach your full leadership potential.
  • Respect others, particularly those who are lower than you on the totem pole. In turn, they’ll respect you back.
  • Be brave. Do what needs to be done even if you might fail, you might be criticized, or it’s dangerous. A leader’s bravery gives followers hope.
  • Show your successes. Followers respect accomplishments and past successes, and follow because they...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #8: Leaders Pay Attention to Intangibles

Leaders view the world differently than other people do. They look beyond empirical data and consider intangibles such as morale, momentum, and chemistry. They pay attention to the world, notice things others miss, and “read” their environments.

Leaders are attuned to many intangibles and can “read” the following:

  • Situations. Leaders can walk into a room and sense the team chemistry and dynamics.
    • For example, when John C. Maxwell walks into the office of EQUIP, a company he owns but doesn’t often visit, he’s quickly able to fit back in. He’s able to sense people’s attitudes and ask good questions.
  • Trends. While followers and managers think short-term, leaders think years and decades ahead. They can “feel” where a company is headed.
  • Resources. Instead of personally doing things, leaders maximize resources, especially other people.
    • For example, when a high-performance leader encounters a problem, she doesn’t think, how can I help, or how can I solve this? She thinks, how do I reach the next level to overcome this? Who do I put on this project?
  • People. Leaders can sense how people are feeling.
    • For example, leaders watch...

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Shortform Exercise: Learn to Trust Your Intuition

Everyone is intuitive in their area of strength. Once you’ve learned to trust your intuition in one area, you can start developing it in leadership.


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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #9: Leaders Attract People Similar to Themselves

By nature, people are attracted to people who are similar to them. It doesn’t matter who you want to attract; you’re going to attract people who have a lot of fundamental things in common with you.

Consider your friends, followers, and the people around you. You’ll probably notice some similarities:

  • Age. You attract people who are approximately the same age as you.
    • For example, in the dot-com boom of the 1990s, most of the people who worked in the industry were in their twenties and thirties, because the leaders that founded the companies were in that age range and hired people like them.
  • Attitude. Positive people tend to attract positive people, and negative people tend to attract negative ones. Attitude is also contagious—people will change their attitudes based on the people around them.
  • Relatability. You attract people who have a similar culture and background to your own.
    • For example, employers tend to hire people who are the same race as they are.
  • Morals. You attract people who have similar values to your own.
    • For example, J.F. Kennedy was an idealist. He wanted to make the world a better place and he founded...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #10: Leaders Connect with Others

Leading is more than just giving instructions and sending off your followers to execute them—leaders need to emotionally engage and connect with their followers. People won’t follow you until you move them with emotion.

Even when leading a group, you have to relate to people as individuals. Think of a baseball team as nine individual players instead of as a faceless team.

Here are some tips on how to connect with people:

  • Know yourself. Be your true self. Consider your personality, character strengths and weaknesses, assets, deficits, relatability, communication skills, and likeability. Knowing yourself will give you the confidence to connect with others.
  • Communicate authentically. Be sincere.
    • For example, give specific, targeted praise rather than a “cookie-cutter compliment” such as “Great job.”
  • Know your followers. Learn everyone’s name, story, and hopes for the future. It’ll be easier to connect with them if you know what they care about.
  • Embody the characteristics you want to encourage (Law #13, lead by example). This gives you credibility.
  • Knock down both physical and figurative barriers.
    • Physical barriers...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #11: Leaders Build a Leadership Team

Nobody’s good at everything. Nobody achieves greatness by themselves. A leader’s success is determined by her team.

There are limits to what you can achieve personally. Once you’ve budgeted and scheduled all your time and energy, you need help to extend your reach and continue impacting people.

A leadership team can be within an organization (for example, everyone on a board of directors) and it can refer to the circle of the people you know. Therefore, most people already have a leadership team, though they may not have been intentional about creating it. Subconsciously, leaders recruit people they like or people they’re comfortable around. Consider what you want to do and if the people around you are capable of helping you get there. If your team can’t help you reach your leadership potential, then none of your people will reach their potential either.

There are some traits to look for in potential teammates, listed below. You’ll notice that many of them are leadership traits—when you’re putting together your leadership team, you should particularly look for other leaders.

  • Influence. If your potential team members are influential, you’ll reach far...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #12: Leaders Empower Others, Especially Other Leaders

To lead well you need to share your power, especially with other leaders. If you give people responsibility, authority, and resources, and help them develop as leaders, they’ll achieve. Believe in people, because when you, as a leader, believe in them, they’ll believe in themselves.

If you don’t follow this law, your organization will suffer. Followers will give up on their work, or leave.

There are three reasons leaders struggle with this law:

  1. Fear of loss. Some leaders worry that if they empower their followers, their followers will surpass or replace them. This may happen in the short term, but being able to train leaders is a very valuable skill. If the people you lead are always successful, people will realize that they are successful because of how you developed them.
  2. Fear of change. By nature, people resist change. As a leader, you must consciously fight against this fear. Change improves organizations. You must be willing not only to change, but to spearhead the change.
  3. Fear of unworthiness. If you’re self-conscious, you may think you personally don’t have any power, and if you don’t have power yourself, then you can’t share it with...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #13: Leaders Lead by Example

When leaders do things, people copy them. If the thing is objectively positive, the leader and followers have made the world a better place. If the thing is negative, people are still going to copy the leader because even if they think before acting, they can’t necessarily see far enough ahead to assess the effects of an action on the world. Therefore, as a leader, you need to carefully consider your actions, keeping in mind that they’ll be multiplied by all of your followers.

Leading by example is the best way to communicate vision. By nature, followers find it difficult to keep track of big picture things, so talking (or any form of communicating) about a vision will never be the most effective way to share it. Vision plans ahead and provides mission and purpose, which is too future-oriented for followers. Leaders must pair vision with practicality, which provides strategy and a plan for how to get to the conditions imagined in the vision. Therefore, leaders should communicate vision by visibly modeling the behaviors necessary to achieve the vision.

Leading by example is especially important in uncertain times. Uncertainty is not inherently problematic....

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #14: Leaders Are Followed, Visions Aren’t

From the point of view of a leader, the order of operations is 1) find a vision, 2) find followers. The follower’s order of operations is opposite—1) find a leader, 2) find a vision. Followers are less interested in the cause than the leader. It’s a common myth that if a cause is noble or objectively the right course of action, people will follow it. In fact, if a cause is good but a leader isn’t, people will go find a new leader for that same cause.

Why does this happen? You, as a leader, are a messenger, and so you’re tied to the message. When you propose a vision, it’s associated with you. If you’re a credible messenger, then the message goes through. If you’re not, people will look for a more attractive mail carrier.

This law is why famous people are hired to endorse products, and why actors support causes. People think, “Oh, if Tiger Woods likes it, then it must be good or have value.” If you trust the person who’s giving you the message, then you trust that they’ve considered and/or fact-checked the message, and determined that it’s valid.

Consider the four cases below. **In every case, you’ll see that buying in to the leader is the most important...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #15: Leaders Never Give Up

Good leaders accept only victory. Failure or quitting is not an option. Good leaders don’t even bother with a Plan B, because Plan A will for sure lead to victory. Victory-seeking leaders are responsible, passionate, creative, and utterly committed to their vision.

One of the best places to study this law is in sports—often leaders are behind the scenes, but coaches are out in the open. You can immediately see the outcome of their decisions when their teams score or win the game.

Victory requires all three of the following:

  • Unified vision. It doesn’t matter how much talent there is within an organization if it’s all going in different directions. Everyone must consider winning to be the same thing.
    • For example, when John C. Maxwell played high school basketball, the juniors and seniors on the team didn’t get along and the coach ended up making two separate squads. The team did poorly—people played for their age group, not for the team.
  • Variety in skills. Each person on the team contributes something different. You need different skills...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #16: Leaders Harness Momentum

Sometimes, momentum can be the only thing that makes the difference between success and failure. Think of momentum like a freight train. It takes a lot of energy to get the train moving from a standstill. Initially, it moves slowly. Until it speeds up, even small obstacles like twigs can stop it. But once it gets going, it can plow through anything.

Keep in mind that momentum doesn’t always bring positivity. The train can be full of money, or it can be full of garbage. Whether or not you want the freight, once the train is moving fast, it’s hard to stop it.

There are some keys to momentum:

  • Momentum has a magnifying effect.
    • Example #1: When a sports team is in a slump, no matter what coaches and athletes try, nothing seems to help.
    • Example #2: In basketball games, when a team is starting to get on a streak—starting to develop momentum—the other team’s coach will call a timeout to try to dissipate the momentum.
  • Momentum makes leaders look disproportionately good. When things are going well, it’s easy to only see the positives.
    • For example, older leaders may not be as good as everyone thinks they are, and younger, newer leaders...

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Leaders create momentum by paying attention to intangibles such as motivation.


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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #17: Leaders Prioritize

Being busy doesn’t necessarily equate to being productive, achieving, or accomplishing. Time is finite, so good leaders regularly evaluate how they’re spending it. They choose to focus on activities that help them achieve their goals, and drop activities that don’t.

Some people are reluctant to apply this law, for a few reasons:

  • Belief in the myth that busyness = productivity. If you never have free time, it’s easy to think that you’re using all your time doing important things. However, you need to consider what you’re actually doing, and how it contributes to your overall goals.
  • Reluctance to do that hard work of thinking ahead. Prioritizing requires knowing what’s important (and what will be important in the future). It’s hard to constantly keep the big picture in mind.
  • Discomfort. Prioritizing usually involves doing the things that you least want to do.

The Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) can help you prioritize. Rank your activities by importance and focus on the top 20%. These top activities will give you 80% of your results, so spend 80% of your time on them. For example, say you have 10 customers. The top 2 will give you 80% of your...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #18: Leaders Sacrifice

Non-leaders sometimes have the misconception that leadership is pleasant—you get freedom, power, and wealth. While some leaders do get these things, the constant among successful leaders is that they’ve earned their success through sacrifice.

Here are some things to keep in mind to successfully apply this law:

  • It is impossible to succeed without sacrifice.
    • For example, you may give up four years of your life and spend thousands of dollars to go to college to train for a career.
  • Leaders need to sacrifice more than the average person to be successful. When you’re a leader, your rights and responsibilities are inversely proportional.
  • Sacrifice is a process, not a one-off. Even after you’re successful, you never get to stop sacrificing. If you do stop sacrificing after you’ve reached a certain goal (“destination disease”), you won’t progress any more.
  • The sacrifice is proportional to the level of leadership. The higher your leadership level, the more you have to sacrifice.
    • For example, consider becoming president. President is one of the highest leadership positions, and to get there, potential presidents have to...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #19: Leaders Factor in Timing

Good leaders not only need to make good decisions, they need to make these decisions at an appropriate time. To be good at leadership timing, you must keep in mind the other laws of leadership, such as that leaders must plan and pay attention to intangibles; and embody the desirable characteristics of a leader such as competence and confidence.

There are four possible case studies to consider:

  • Wrong action at wrong time. In this case, everything goes wrong, and success is not an option.
    • For example, you come across a car accident. Instead of immediately calling 911, you run over to help even though you don’t have first aid training.
  • Right action at wrong time. Even if you choose the right course of action, if your timing is wrong, you may not succeed.
    • For example, John C. Maxwell tried to start a group program at Skyline. The group program was a good idea, but the timing was off because he didn’t have enough leaders to run the...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #20: Leaders Lead Leaders

Since leadership is the cap on success (Law #1), developing other leaders is the only way for an organization to truly excel. If you develop only yourself, you’ll personally succeed. If you develop a team, your organization will improve. But if you develop leaders, your organization will experience exponential growth.

There’s always a tension between where the leader wants their people and organization to be, and where they actually are. Leaders are impatiently up at the front, and everyone else lags. Applying this law can help eliminate that lag.

Developing leaders is very different from attracting followers. Compare the following attitudes, values, and actions, one of which attracts followers, one of which attracts leaders.

  • Needed vs. succeeded.
    • Leaders who attract followers (LWAF) are searching for people who need their direct influence.
    • Leaders who attract leaders (LWAL) are trying to find people who can take over for them.
  • Developing the bottom vs. developing the top.
    • LWAF let their weakest followers (bottom 20%) take up most of their time.
    • LWAL focus on their strongest followers (top 20%), because they...

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Shortform Exercise: Find and Retain Leaders

When leaders join your team, they bring along all their followers, which multiplies your reach.


Are you primarily leading followers or other leaders? How do you know? Remember that followers need your direct attention and tend to be weaker, while leaders have the potential to take over for you.

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Law #21: Leaders Have a Succession Plan

Because leaders work with people, including other leaders, they have the potential to influence beyond their own lifetime. For example, many people still admire Gandhi and live by his teachings. Therefore, all leaders should be concerned with succession and legacy.

Clara Boothe Luce came up with the phrase “life sentence.” The sentence both states the goal of your life and describes your legacy. Your “life sentence” will likely change over the course of your life, and as it does, look for things that each of the sentences have in common. This will help direct you toward your legacy. For example, John C. Maxwell started with a life sentence about wanting to be a great pastor. Later, he wanted to be a communicator, writer, and leader. He finally settled on: “I want to add value to leaders who will multiply value to others.” This sentence encompasses all the things he wanted to be over the years and addresses his legacy.

Here are some steps to developing your legacy:

  • Decide what your legacy will be early. Consider your sense of purpose,...

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership Summary Appendix: Leadership Checklist

The following checklist contains a question about each of the 21 laws of leadership. When your answer to the statement is yes, check it off. The more checkmarks you have, the more laws you are applying.


  • When I encounter a problem, I ask myself, “How can I get other people to help me solve this?” instead of “What can I personally do to fix this?”
  • When I ask my colleagues to do something, do they do it even if I don’t have any leverage over them?
  • Do I make time, at least once a week, to practice and study...

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Table of Contents

  • 1-Page Summary
  • Introduction
  • Law #1: Leaders Are Capped by Their Leadership Ability
  • Exercise: How Effective Are You?
  • Law #2: Leaders Influence Others
  • Law #3: Leaders Develop Leadership Ability Over Time
  • Exercise: Develop Your Leadership Skills
  • Law #4: Leaders Prepare and Plan
  • Law #5: Leaders Serve Others
  • Law #6: Leaders Are Trustworthy and Have Good Character
  • Exercise: What Is Your Character Saying About You?
  • Law #7: Leaders Are Respected, and People Follow the Strongest and Most Respected Leader
  • Law #8: Leaders Pay Attention to Intangibles
  • Exercise: Learn to Trust Your Intuition
  • Law #9: Leaders Attract People Similar to Themselves
  • Law #10: Leaders Connect with Others
  • Law #11: Leaders Build a Leadership Team
  • Exercise: Strengthen Your Leadership Team
  • Law #12: Leaders Empower Others, Especially Other Leaders
  • Law #13: Leaders Lead by Example
  • Law #14: Leaders Are Followed, Visions Aren’t
  • Law #15: Leaders Never Give Up
  • Law #16: Leaders Harness Momentum
  • Exercise: Increase Your Followers’ Motivation
  • Law #17: Leaders Prioritize
  • Law #18: Leaders Sacrifice
  • Law #19: Leaders Factor in Timing
  • Law #20: Leaders Lead Leaders
  • Exercise: Find and Retain Leaders
  • Law #21: Leaders Have a Succession Plan
  • Appendix: Leadership Checklist