The Law of Magnetism is the 9th of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership — it states that “who you are is who you attract.”
To succeed as a leader, you have to build a great team around you. To build a great team, you have to know who you are looking for and what qualities you desire.
If you have not already, you need to make a list of the qualities you’d like in the people (you want) on your team.
The Law of Magnetism — List the qualities you’d like in the people on your team
Here is a list of the qualities I’d like in the people on my team:
- Creative and innovative
- Caring and teachable
- Solution oriented with a positive attitude
- Desire to personally grow and develop
- Flexible and responsible
- Honest and transparent
Hope you have your own list too.
What determines if you attract people with your desired qualities is not what you want, it is who you are, that is how the Law of Magnetism works.
If you want a team member who takes the lead and is responsible, do you take the lead and are you responsible?
Do you want a team member who is teachable? That is a great quality to look for in a team member. Question is, are you teachable?
If you want a team member who desires personal growth and development, the question is, are you intentional about your own personal growth and development?
The Law of Magnetism — You shape your organization culture based on what you value
If you don’t like what you see on your team, check who you are as a leader. There is something in your magnetic field that is attracting people with a particular behavior to you. It is like oil in water, no matter how strong you mix them, they will eventually settle apart.
Besides, you play a huge role in shaping the culture of your organization. The current culture in your organization was shaped in part by who you are, what you do, what you value, what you model, and who you reward. Believe it or not, you have attracted people with the same qualities by the Law of Magnetism.
The Law of Magnetism — Here are the magnets that attract people to you
The people who are drawn to you probably have more similarities to you than differences. It is possible that you and the people who follow you share a few of the following characteristics:
First, most organizations reflect the age of their key leaders. According to a research conducted by PayScale in 2013, the median age of workers at Facebook was 28. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, was 29 years old in 2013.
Second, it is rare for positive and negative people to be attracted to one another. Attitude is one of the most contagious qualities. People who view challenges as exciting opportunities don’t want to hear others who talk about how bad things are all the time. People with positive energy naturally stay away from people with negative energy.
Third, people generally attract—and are attracted to—others of similar background.
Fourth, people are attracted to leaders whose values are similar to their own. It doesn’t matter whether the shared values are positive or negative. Either way, the attraction is equally strong. Martin Luther King Jr. attracted huge followers, so does Adolf Hitler.
Fifth, people with similar energy levels are attracted to one another. When you pair a high-energy person with a low-energy person and ask them to work together, they will drive one another crazy. Compared to you, what is the energy level of people who are driving you crazy right now?
Sixth, people will not follow mediocre leaders, they are attracted to talent and excellence. Entrepreneurs want to follow leaders who have succeeded in their ventures, football players want to follow coaches with great talent, Creative people want to follow leaders who think outside of the box. Like attracts like.
Finally, the leaders you attract will have leadership ability similar to your own. As stated in the Law of Respect, if you are a ‘three’ when it comes to leadership, you will hardly attract ‘sixes’ and ‘sevens’. The leaders you attract will be similar in style and ability to you. This is why it is important to raise your leadership lid.
How to lead with the Law of Magnetism
- Increase your leadership. If you are not happy with the leadership ability of the people you are attracting, embrace the Law of the Lid, embrace the Law of Process, and work to increase your leadership skill.
- Increase your level of self-awareness. In addition to increasing your leadership, you also need to increase your level of awareness. If there is a disparity between your image of yourself and your employees, your level of self-awareness may be low.
- Get a mentor. Another way to lead with the law of magnetism is to get yourself a mentor. If you are not attracting people with qualities you desire, you might give to find mentors who are willing to help you grow in each area where you need help