John C. Maxwell is an author who is well known for focusing on areas like leadership, productivity, and self-improvement. While several of his books have gained a well-deserved reputation for being some of the best in their field, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” stands out even among Maxwell’s works as being one of the absolute best he has created and its leadership lessons have been quoted and re-quoted by many self-improvement authors and specialists who have come since.
What Are the Main Points?
Each of the 21 laws is given its own chapter and starts out by giving the law, briefly explaining it, and then going into various examples, stories, and allegories that confirm this point. This allows the reader to see what is meant by each of these laws and get many different examples of leadership to help readers get a clear idea (and then get that picture clarified or reinforced) to make it easier to apply.
The book’s main points focus on seeing what the laws of leadership actually are and diving into each one to learn how to apply it to your life and leadership techniques.
Just A Few of the Main Laws
There might be 21 of them, but taking a look at just a few of the laws can go a long way towards understanding the overall gist of what the author is getting to. Leading off with the rule that a person’s effectiveness is determined directly by how much of a leader they are, the tone is set and it takes off from there.
Process is another huge factor that is hit upon several times in the book. There’s even “The Law of Process” which emphasizes how leadership is a process that must be developed bit by bit, step by step, day by day to build it all up.
Trust, intuition, and respect are all important parts of leadership that are brought up multiple times throughout the book and each one is important enough to even have its own law dedicated to it.
By learning the 21 laws in theory a reader will understand leadership and be able to display it more effectively in the workplace and in life.
External factors have absolutely no effect on life success – something studies have proven is untrue. Outside factors matter a lot, however the emphasis on what can be controlled is where the true value of the book derives from.
There are many different books on leadership and management out there, and while different people will respond to different writing styles “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” stands out as one of his more influential works and one that definitely set the stages for many of the ideas in the self-help and self-improvement fields that would take off over the next 15 years.
This is a book that has gained plenty of attention and for good reason. If you want to be introduced to John Maxwell as an author, or to learn some great leadership tips, this is a great place to start!