I’ve been discussing John Maxwell’s book on The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and getting lots of encouraging reports from leaders all over the world reading this newsletter to raise their leadership lid.
Today, I will discuss The Law of Addition, the fifth of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, which states that “leaders add value by serving others.”
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A leader who obeyed the Law of Addition
You might not know who Remi Agbabiaka is (or you might know). He is the senior pastor of Royal Family Assembly, a Nigeria-based church on a mission to raise people of value.
I was very lucky to be under his leadership in my formative years because the good fruits I’m bearing now are the results of the good seeds he sowed in my life as a young choir boy.
Pastor Remi is a leader who adds value by serving others and most of the people he served as a leader are now leaders positively impacting others in their own sphere of influence.
What is value and how do leaders add value to others?
People talk about value a lot but what exactly is a value? Value can be applied to things as well as to people. In terms of leading, growing, and developing people, I will suggest that value is that quality that makes somebody desirable, highly regarded, esteemed, and respected. Hey! If you think of a better definition, I would love to hear it.
In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell argues that “90 percent of all people who add value to others do so intentionally” and this is true because we are naturally selfish. It takes intentionality to go out of your way to help other people on their way.
People who have won the Nobel peace prize, for example, Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Ellen J. Sirleaf, and Liu Xiaobo did not set out to receive a Nobel Prize; they just want to make things better for others.
Jesus Christ lived for 33 years and spent all of his ministerial life in the service of others. He did not only live to serve people, he also died to save people.
What is your motive?
If you are a leader, take a moment to ask yourself, “Why I’m I leading?” “Why do I want to be a leader?”
If you desire to be a leader because of perks, pay, or power, you will find it difficult to serve others or add value to them.
So many families, communities, people groups, religious institutions, and even nations are suffering right now as a result of bad leadership. The leaders in most developing nations are subtracting values from people instead of adding value to people.
How to add value to people
These are the ways Pastor Remi Agbabiaka added tremendous value to my life and I’m very grateful that he was (and still) in my life up to now.
So, how do you add value to people using the law of addition?
- Have a servant attitude. Have the mindset that I am here to serve people, not for people to serve me
- Don’t allow any task to be beneath your dignity or position
- Make it a practice to perform small acts of service for others without seeking credit or recognition
- Make a list of the most important people in your life—from home, work church, hobbies, etc. Write what each person values most. Ask yourself how well you relate to that person’s values.
- Start, from today, to look for opportunities to put smiles on people’s faces with little acts of kindness.
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To your massive success, Saji Ijiyemi.