John C. Maxwell has written a book here that will deepen your appreciation for The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and encourage you to live those laws in practical, yet spiritually-significant ways. Whether you are a parent, pastor, priest, lay leader of a Sunday School, head of a nonprofit foundation, CEO of a business, or simply work at your career, you will find important insights here from the greatest leaders and failures in the Bible.
The book is organized around the 21 irrefutable laws. Each chapter describes a way to use the material for 5 days during a week. You have a study lesson for 4 days, including a daily meditation question, and then a 5th day for taking action. Each lesson can be pursued in a few minutes. After 5 months, you will find yourself living closer to the ideal as a leader. Think of this as a handbook for implementation that includes all the theory you need, as well. Even if you did not read the earlier book from 1998, you can read, understand, and apply the lessons from this one.
Let me briefly summarize the laws and the Biblical analogies for you:
The Law of THE LID -- Leadership ability determines your effectiveness (compares Saul and David)
The Law of INFLUENCE -- True measures of influence are important(Joshua)
The Law of NAVIGATION -- Chart the right course (Nehemiah)
The Law of E.F. HUTTON -- When the real leader speaks, people listen (Samuel)
The Law of RESPECT -- People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves (Deborah)
The Law of INTUITION -- Leaders evaluate everything with a leadership bias (Jethro)
The Law of MAGNETISM -- Who you are is who you attract (Elijah)
The Law of CONNECTION -- Touch a heart before you ask for a hand (Rohoboam)
The Law of THE INNER CIRCLE -- A leader's potential is determined by those closest to her or him (David)
The Law of EMPOWERMENT -- Only serious leaders give power to others (Barnabas)
The Law of REPRODUCTION -- It takes a leader to raise up a leader (Moses and Joshua)
The Law of BUY-IN -- People buy in to the leader, then the vision (Gideon)
The Law of VICTORY -- Leaders find a way for the team to win (Josiah)
The Law of THE BIG MO -- Momentum is the leader's best friend (Solomon)
The Law of PRIORITIES -- Activity is not necessarily accomplishment (Peter)
The Law of SACRIFICE -- Give up to go up (Moses)
The Law of TIMING -- When is as important as what to do and where to go (Esther)
The Law of EXPLOSIVE GROWTH -- To add growth, lead followers . . . to multiply growth, lead leaders (Paul)
The Law of LEGACY -- Lasting value is measured by succession (Jesus)
As a lifelong student of leadership (especially among CEOs of public companies), I heartily endorse these principles. They will be very beneficial in encouraging lasting growth that will also nurture the souls of those who serve in these families, religious groups, organizations and enterprises.
Even if you are not a particularly religious person, I think you will find it enjoyable to revisit these well-known stories from the Scriptures. Each chapter refers you to the relevant Biblical texts if you would like to read them directly.
If you are a religious person, you will probably also enjoy using the prayers that are outlined in the chapters to help you find guidance.
To give you a flavor of the book's organization, let's look at the Law of THE LID. For the first day, you focus on the principle that every person has the potential to be a leader. For the second day, you focus on that idea that every leader has lids. On the third day, you think about the idea that some lids can be lifted by leaders. On the fourth day, you concentrate on the concept that some lids have to be lifted by someone other than the leader. Also, few leaders let that happen. Then on the fifth day, you have actions to take in each of these four areas. The ideas are very powerful and the implementation steps are simple and useful.
I heartily encourage you to pursue this book and its lessons! You will find the improvements within yourself and around you to be irresisibly good!
on 10 July 2008
John C. Maxwell provides a 21-week course of study covering 21 leadership laws based on readings from the Bible. He served as a pastor in various churches for 25 years before leaving Skyline Wesleyan in San Diego in 1995 to devote his time to writing, speaking and teaching leadership. Perhaps because he is the author of many books like this one, his writing is clear and well-suited to the purpose of educating and inspiring others, particularly those who share his Christian faith. In each chapter, Maxwell offers a brief introduction to a new principle and then supplies relevant daily Old and New Testament readings for the work-week. He focuses more on stimulating meditation and introspection than on laying out a detailed path to leadership greatness. On the fifth day of considering each principle, Maxwell invites you to use a self-assessment exercise on his Web site to help you understand the principle more fully. He also asks you to share what you have learned with others within a couple of days; the idea being that teaching a principle is the best way for you to learn it most thoroughly. getAbstract finds this to be a very useful, practical and thought-provoking book for readers who want to study leadership lessons in the light of their religious beliefs - if that's not you, then you'll want to lead the way to the next classroom instead.
on 12 July 2004
Here John Maxwell has expanded his 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership into a 21-week study, using different biblical characters to illustrate each one of the 21 laws. Each week is broken down into five days, making it an excellent workplace study.
Lessons from Days 1 through 4 start with a thought for the day and a biblical passage, then close with a question for you to reflect on. Day 5 summarizes the week in brief sections that help you to absorb the week's material, sort it out, pray through it, apply it to your own life, and pass it on to another leader.
Obviously, this book is not aimed at the secular crowd, and is much more beneficial to those who have read the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. If you enjoyed the 21 laws and are comfortable with scripture, this study will dramatically enhance your ability to prayerfully apply the laws to your life and the lives of those around you. A great resource for Christian leaders.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory