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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

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In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell combined insights learned from his 40-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. Some highlights of the revised edition of this New York Times bestseller, which has sold more than a million copies, are: All-new rec ...more
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Published September 18th 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published September 1st 1998)
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Bernard Fruga
Here they are, all the 21 from Maxwell’s book:
1. The Law of the Lid: Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of Effectiveness.
2. The Law of Influence: The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence—Nothing More, Nothing Less.
3. The Law of Process: Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day.
4. The Law of Navigation: Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader the Chart the Course.
5. The Law of Addition: Leaders Add Value by Serving Others.
6. The Law of Solid Ground: Trust Is the Foundation
Jan 20, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was ok. Again I read this book because it is a business book and was recommended by this work thing I was doing. The category it notes next to the barcode is business/religion- not exactly what you want to see on a business book. There were lots of references to church and organized church that kind of threw me off from the interesting stories that really took up most of the book. The stories in the book are related to mostly historical references of other businesses- short stories and for th ...more
Nov 01, 2012 Karina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership, work, keeper
This is a book all leaders, born or made, should read. Maxwell’s leadership laws are succinct and highly useful. He supports the laws with real business stories and leadership anecdotes, then he shows you how to apply these laws (each chapter ends with practical strategies and activities to help you reflect and grow your leadership abilities). Honestly, I couldn’t stop reading. It’s one of the few digestible and practical leadership books available. Another great book, Leadership 2.0, does this ...more
Alex Duncan
Jun 26, 2013 Alex Duncan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a leader, or if you aspire to be one this book is a must read. Here's what's inside:

I. The Law Of the Lid:

II. The Law of Influence:

III. The Law of Process:

IV. The Law of Navigation:

V. The Law of Addition:

VI. The Law of Solid Ground:

VII. The Law of Respect:

VIII. The Law of Intuition:

IX. The Law of Magnetism:

X. The Law of Connection: Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.

XI. The Law of the Inner Circle: A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him

XII. The Law o
Khalid Almoghrabi
لا تنسى اصطحاب الناس معك ليصبحوا قادة الغد..
جولة بديعة مع فن القيادة.. فن التأثير والعمل والخلود..
كتاب بديع وانصحك بقراءته ولو لم تكن بوظيفة قيادية
Ugh. I think there were important lessons in this book, but they were obfuscated by Maxwell's "horn tooting" and "back slapping". Wow, this man LOVES himself, and he thinks he has the most impressive history of EVER.

I DID love his descriptions of Harriet Tubman as a female leader, and even Mother Teresa. Shortly after these examples though, he lost me. I had to quit reading when he talked (AT LENGTH) about how his wife leads in the home. She EXCELS at making sure his clothes match, and at decora
Aug 04, 2012 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lillian Anderson
I attended a DEC meeting at Toastmasters recently. A friend of mine discussed this book during the meeting. I liked what she said. At this point all I can say is that I enjoyed how I felt about what she said as I do not recall exactly the point she made. That is a theory I have been testing lately; we rarely can describe the content of what was said but merely react to the how what was said made us feel. This is very much the case in this regard.

Anyhow, I checked this out of our public library.
May 05, 2011 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
If you ask 10 people to recommend five books on leadership, one of John Maxwell’s books will be on every list. Of those books, most people cite “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” as his best work. It’s certainly his most well known.

Concise, Maxwell dictates the 21 laws a leader must follow to get others to follow the leader. Using numerous examples drawn from a variety of people from Mother Teresa to the founders of McDonalds, Maxwell show how people have either used the laws successfully
Wendy Welch
Oct 06, 2009 Wendy Welch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hey, it's good work if you can get it, writing self-help books for the Christian market. This one explains carefully things like how important it is to listen. And it chooses the cutest little examples - like how the McDonald's founders were nice guys and good salespeople but they really didn't have a leadership perspective so the restaurant never got going until this Ray guy came along....

He left out the part about the invention that freeze dried potatoes. In fact, any time anything might have
Clifton Miles
Jan 20, 2013 Clifton Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a leader who has read this book several times, I take offense to some of the poor reviews listed. Reading the reviews, it's easy to see that those who didn't enjoy it lack the ability to comprehend the enormity of the information they were given. This book will change your life, it is considered by the greatest leaders in the world to be THE premier book on leadership. To some of the individuals who didn't like the book, I will offer this word of advice: It is hard to learn something new, whe ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Yvette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was fine. It provides a lot of common sense ideas that warrant repeating. Although Maxwell provides many great examples to illustrate his 21 laws, he uses way too many sports examples. If you're not a sports fan (and I'm not), all of the sports illustrations are completely irrelevant. I couldn't care less.
Douglas Wilson
Apr 13, 2014 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite everything, this book was quite good. Maxwell is capable of leaning into the cliches, and he points to some leaders who were painfully incompetent, but who are lauded generally for other reasons, but setting all that aside, the principles outlined in this book were very, very good.
Omar Halabieh
Jan 14, 2012 Omar Halabieh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the title indicates, John presents in this book 21 fundamental laws of leadership. The laws are prefaced by four core concepts:

"1) The laws can be learned

2) The laws can stand alone

3) The laws carry consequences with them

4) These laws are the foundation of leadership"

The author then goes on to present the 21 laws, in greater detail filled with examples from both his personal experience and experiences of other great leaders. The laws are summarized below:

"1- The law of the lid: leadership abi
Apr 08, 2013 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
In this book John Maxwell attempts to present what he deems to be twenty-one irrefutable laws of leadership. In many ways they are irrefutable since they are based on common sense and experience. What Maxwell has done is clearly articulate what leadership is all about. “The true measure of leadership,” writes Maxwell, “is influence—and nothing more, nothing less” (16).

Maxwell uniquely contributes to the genre of leadership literature by importing much of the Christian worldview. Although there
Andrew romany
May 26, 2014 Andrew romany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John C. Maxwell's book is enlightening and fresh. He has given me an entirely new perspective on leadership. Although I am not currently in a position to lead, he has inspired me to do so. He uses encouraging and inspiring language that is easy to read and hard to put down. He is very blunt and presents the material in a very "common-sense" way.
Maxwell really focuses on what is important. Each chapter outlines one of the 21 laws. He discusses the importance of earning your employee's trust, havi
Jay Goff
Jan 20, 2013 Jay Goff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a former senior military leadership instructor for the US Army, and have held several leadership positions, this is a must have! Had I read this book in my previous years, I would have been an even greater leader for the pepole under my authority. Everyone should read this, regardless of your level of authority, or no authourity for a better understanding of what a leader must be, know, and do.
Thanks JM for your inspiring ability to show the rest of us how to lead.
Adam Hinckley
Mar 12, 2009 Adam Hinckley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes a different angle than most leadership books. Instead of telling you want you need to do to be successful, John C Maxwell tells stories of where known leaders such as Henry Ford screwed up. In theses specific stories the author tells about the law that was violated, and how much more successful they would have been if they knew these laws like the back of their hand.
Oct 21, 2016 Saeed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Today I stand on the shoulders of many leaders who have added great value to my life. Tomorrow I hope you will be able to stand on my shoulders.

- John C. Maxwell
Hesham  ellayeh
Jan 01, 2015 Hesham ellayeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
كعادته جون سي ماكسويل متمكن من موضوعه-القيادة - طرحه قيم- مبني علي مواقف واقعية وقصص من السير الذاتية
يلخص كل هذا في صورة قوانين أو اشارات
استمتعت يقراءة الكتاب واستفدت منه
21 قانون متنوع - كل قانون يخدم فكرة رئيسية
واليك تلخيصها

1- قانون السقف

القدرة على القيادة تحدد مستوى فعالية المرء

- لكي تغير اتجاه مؤسسه غير القائد

- كلما زادت كانت قدرتك على القيادة اكبر كانت فعاليتك أكبر

2- قانون التأثير

المعيار الحقيقي للقيادة هو التأثير

هناك خمس خرافات عن القيادة

1- خرافة الإدارة:تستطيع أن تكون قائدا دون أن تكون
Neil Coulter
Who am I to refute any of the 21 Irrefutable Laws? They're all fine as far as I know.

The only parts of the book that make me feel uncomfortable are when Maxwell writes about leading a church as though it's the same as leading a business. I believe that "success" for any faith community ought to be understood as something other than "exponential growth" and multi-million-dollar building projects. It's very un-American of me, I know; but these silly ideals I have, I just can't get rid of them enti
Ivan Garcia
Sep 19, 2013 Ivan Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reveals the 21 principles to guide you to become a better leader in your organization; it has 21 chapters and each one of them talks about specific rules of leadership, I personally think it's very important to be a good leader in any aspect of your life; it can be in school, your job, your profession, etc.

I think this book can be very helpful for anybody who not only wants to be a great leader in their organization or profession but it can be very productive to anybody who wants to im
Leslie ellis
Feb 28, 2008 Leslie ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
---fyi: many of my xmas gifts to friends in similar industries are derivatives of this book-- "Leadership 101" and "Ethics 101." They are smaller, quick pick-me-up reads by the same author based from this book.

Maxwell is by far my favorite business forward authors ever! If I was approached with the question "Who would you love to spend a day with to further your business potential," it would definitely be him.

This book comes complete with self assessments. There are even online tests that accomp
Janet G
Aug 18, 2014 Janet G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For years this book sat on my shelf. 21 Laws? Too many to read in one book. Finally, I broke it down to reading one a day. Easy, short, informative and motivating chapters full of history's true leaders, their successes and sometimes their foibles. I got what I wanted out of this book…what I expected and more. Now, I need to go forth and implement it. One of my favorite quotes I read was from the final irrefutable law, The Law of Legacy, from Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A. He passed away ...more
Sadaf Matinkhoo
Feb 16, 2015 Sadaf Matinkhoo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really influenced me. It changed my perception of leadership and teamwork in a general sense. It explains 21 characteristics and practices of a good leader, and I found all of them very insightful. There is not really much of a guide on how to develop them, nevertheless, I think even just being aware of them helps a lot.
Here's the catch though: like any other self-help-type book I have ever read, a lot of the material in this book is redundant, and there are a lot of "historical" stor
Chris Mclain
It was not a bad book, but I was not incredibly impressed. Though I have not experienced all of these "laws" I would say that all of them are likely true. However, I was somewhat disappointed because much of it was simple common sense. Add to that the overconfident, almost self-righteous, attitude of the author, as well as a plug for his seminars every few pages, and one comes out with a feeling that the author is as interested in advancing his career as he is improving your leadership performan ...more
Javatis Midget
Sep 01, 2011 Javatis Midget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think everyone should read this book. This book gives great insight on what it takes to be a “real” leader. One of my favorite quotes from the book came from Norman Vincent Peale; he states, “Nothing is more confusing than people who give good advice but set a bad example.” All I can say is WOW. To add to this quote, John Maxwell stated, “Nothing is more convincing than people who give good advice and set a good example". The first thing we have to do if we want to lead others is walk the walk ...more
John C. Maxwell is a fine author and he deserves much credit for being such an effective communicator. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership should be read by every current leader or would-be leader, but it is not perfect. Some of the laws could be combined and many of the examples Maxwell uses lack depth and seem to have been used simply because they fit well with the author's narrative. For these reasons I would give it a solid three and half stars out of five an recommend it to anyone interes ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Maxwell made a great portrait of a leader, fading away from vision of what it used to look like...a boss. Now it's clear, plain and simple, they're two different things. There's more to skills and intellect that can make you one, it's the nobility of the heart and the defining of one's character that makes you a leader. Without that heart, without that character, you're simply a paragon of a dreamer aspiring to be followed but is not really getting anywhere.
Jul 17, 2010 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My boss made me read this. I didn't enjoy it. That said, there are some points in there, though when writing my notes I had to rephrase them to be less "profound aphorism" (hint, they weren't profound) into practical, workable pointers.

The chapters on a group's leader's leadership capabilities putting a "lid" on the group output, the importance of group momentum and how to develop/steer it, and on people following leaders then vision (not the other way around) were the best.
Mohamad Dahrouj
على القادة أن يكونوا مستعدين للتضحية اكثر من الاشخاص الذين يقودونهم .
جوهر القيادة هو ايثار الاخرين على الذات .
عندما تصبح قائدا تفقد الحق في التفكير في نفسك.
ان الناس لا يتبعون القضايا النبيلة في البداية انهم يتبعون القادة الأكفاء الذين يؤيدون قضايا يمكنهم الايمان بها . الناس يقتنعون بالقائد اولا ثم برؤية القائد.
القائد يجد الحلم اولا ثم الناس والناس يجدون القائد ثم الحلم.
لا احد يحقق اي إنجاز عظيم بمفرده.
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 16 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and audiences as diverse as the United States Military Ac ...more
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