The leadership laws Dr. Maxwell discussed in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership book is universal and it works either you are leading yourself, a family, a church, an organization, a company, a local government, or a nation.
We live in a complex, fast-paced, dynamic world and everything, including leadership, is changing at a very fast rate.
If you are a leader, you want to make sure you are constantly exposing your team to new ideas.
If not, you and your organization will soon find yourself in oblivion.
Law of Leadership #1: The Law of the Lid
To explain the Law of the Lid, John Maxwell used the story of the McDonald brothers — Dick and Maurice McDonald.
With more than 34,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 119 countries, few people knew who Dick and Maurice were.
But more people knew Ray Kroc, who bought the rights to franchise McDonald’s and turned it into a global entity.
Though Dick and Maurice were very successful as restaurateurs, they failed as franchisers.
This is because they lacked the leadership ability necessary to make a larger enterprise effective.
Ray Kroc, on the other hand, had a vision for McDonald’s potential as soon as he visited the restaurant in 1954.
How to lead effectively with the Law of the Lid
- Become a student of leadership to increase your leadership lid (i.e. your level of leadership).
- Ask your spouse, boss, colleagues, friends to rate (on the scale of 1 to 10) your ability to connect with people, plan and think strategically, cast a vision, get results.
- When faced with a challenge, think first on who you can enlist to help.
- When your team, department, or organization fails to achieve an objective, assume that it’s a leadership issue.
- Think in terms of significance more than success