I’ve been learning, living, and leading others to The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. If you feel you are not earning deserved respect as a parent, a pastor, a supervisor, an executive or a coach, you might want to pay attention to the Law of Respect, the seventh law of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
The 7th Irrefutable Law of Leadership — The Law of Respect
The seventh irrefutable law of leadership — The Law of Respect states that “people naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves.”
She wasn’t a very impressive-looking woman. She couldn’t read or write. Two of her front teeth were missing. She lived alone. Her employment was erratic. She sometimes falls asleep in the middle of a conversation.
Who would respect a woman like that? The truth is more than 300 slaves who followed her to freedom and every abolitionist in New England respected her leadership. The year was 1857. Her name was Harriet Tubman and she exemplified the Law of Respect.
You can get The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership book to read her story. She was called Moses because of her ability to bring so many people out of slavery’s bondage. She said, “I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
Three ways to measure your level of respect
- Take a look at who you attract. “One measure of respect is the caliber of people who choose to follow you”—Dennis A. Peer.
- See how people respond when you ask for a commitment. Do they step up and sign up? Are they ready to take risks, put in long hours, or do whatever is necessary to get the job done? Are they ready to change when you ask for it? If they doubt, question, make excuses or walk away, your level of respect might be very low.
- Know how much respect those closest to you have for you. If your family (who knows you best) and your closest coworkers (who work with you every day) have respect for you, then you are a success and your leadership will be effective.
When people respect you as a person, they admire you. When they respect you as a friend, they love you. When they respect you as a leader, they follow you. — John C. Maxwell
How to live the Law of Respect
- Increase your leadership ability. If you learn and live the Law of the Lid and the Law of Process, you will greatly increase your leadership ability. If you possess natural leadership ability, people will want to follow you.
- Have respect for others. Don’t rely on violence, intimidation, or persuasion to get people to do what you want them to do—all leadership is voluntary. When you show respect for others, you gain respect from others.
- Have a lot of courage. Great leaders do what they have to do sometimes in the face of great danger and under relentless criticism. It is courage that gives your followers hope. If you are fearful and timid of making tough decisions, they will soon know that you are a coward.
- Strive for success. If you ever wonder why everybody wants photo ops with celebrities, it’s because people are naturally drawn to success. When you are successful in what you are doing, people will respect you.
- Remain Loyal. “In a culture of constant change, turnover, and transition, loyalty is an asset.” Leaders are not quitters when the going gets rough; they look out for their followers even when it hurts them—until the job is done.
- Add value to others. Dedicate yourself to adding value to others. Followers value and respect leaders who add value to and respect them. I’ve already discussed how to add value to people in the Law of Addition.
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