Maxwell’s Third Law of Leadership

In the first two Laws of Leadership, we learned that our ability to lead influenced our overall effectiveness (Law of the Lid) and that without influence, leading the way isn’t going to happen (Law of Influence). In Maxwell’s third Law of Leadership, we learn that becoming a leader is a process, hence the Law of Process.

Using Theodore Roosevelt as an example, Maxwell discusses how TR developed into a great president and how he continued to develop after he left office. In another example, Jimmy Carter’s ability to lead while president was in question, but years after he left office, he developed himself into one of the foremost humanitarian leaders, through his work with Habitat for Humanity and diplomatic roles in global peace. Neither of these two gentlemen became a leader overnight. In fact, it took many years of development for them to reach their leadership ability, requiring patience and persistence.

The concept of process is often something that many people often forget about. It is easy to see the end result of dream, but is hard to experience the process of fulfilling the dream. We all must take small baby steps day after day, week after week to reach our ultimate goal. This is where the patience and persistence comes into play. This blog started as a dream for me and has slowly developed into something that people actually read!! So, the Law of Process is a very important part of becoming a leader.

Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is a great resource for anyone interested in becoming a leader or refining their leadership skills. While this post reviews the book, it is important that everyone head’s over to Amazon or to their local bookstore and grab a copy.


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