As an office team we have been reading through John Maxwell’s “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” It has created some interesting conversations and allowed us to evaluate where we are as leaders, and develop our leadership abilities further. From topics of influence, respect, intuition, and connection, here are some of the topics that really resonated with me as we have read through this book.
The way that you know that you are a leader is if people listen to you. Influence is so important in leadership. Maxwell mentions a leadership proverb that says “he who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.” You have to invest and believe in your followers. They have to buy into your vision and want to help you make that vision a reality.
Leadership is about the people that you lead. Making people feel valued will always be priority for me as a leader. If your followers do not trust you as a leader or they do not believe that you value them, pretty soon you will just be taking a walk. I really resonated with this line from Maxwell, “I believe the bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but but how far we advance others.” It is vital to take time to get to know the people that you lead and make sure that you are helping them to reach their potential. Maxwell notes, “Mature leaders listen, learn, and then lead.”.
It is a joy to work with some of the best leaders that I know on the CentriKid team. And we are continually looking for ways to lead better. It is vital to any type of leader to keep growing, “leadership is developed daily, not in a day.” There is always more to learn about leadership and more to learn about the people that you lead.