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

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What would happen if a top expert with more than thirty years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your life.

John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He has combined insights learned from his thirty-plus year
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 16th 1998 by Thomas Nelson (first published September 1st 1998)
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Bernard Fruga
Nov 01, 2012 Bernard Fruga rated it liked it
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
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 The stories in the book are related to mostly historical references of other businesses- short stories and for th ...more
Alex Duncan
Jun 26, 2013 Alex Duncan rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 01, 2012 Karina rated it it was amazing
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
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 05, 2012 Robert rated it it was ok
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.
Wendy Welch
Oct 06, 2009 Wendy Welch rated it did not like it
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
May 05, 2011 Tony rated it it was amazing
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
Clifton Miles
Jan 20, 2013 Clifton Miles rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
Andrew romany
Jul 02, 2014 Andrew romany rated it it was amazing
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
Omar Halabieh
Feb 04, 2012 Omar Halabieh rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jay Goff
Jan 20, 2013 Jay Goff rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Hesham  ellayeh
Jan 22, 2015 Hesham ellayeh rated it really liked it
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
Leslie ellis
Mar 01, 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
Ivan Garcia
Sep 19, 2013 Ivan Garcia rated it it was amazing
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
Sadaf Matinkhoo
Mar 21, 2015 Sadaf Matinkhoo rated it really liked it
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
Janet G
Sep 25, 2014 Janet G rated it really liked it
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
Chris Mclain
Jul 27, 2011 Chris Mclain rated it liked it
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 10, 2011 Javatis Midget rated it really liked it
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
Apr 22, 2016 Jaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell was a great book at summarizing the good qualities of leadership that can help people to recognize how they can improve. What I mainly liked about this book was its ability to attach common things that people have heard that makes a good leader to specific stories and examples that help develop meaning and context to these principles. The stories really helped to make it possible to remember the different laws and to see how one c ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Mckinley rated it liked it
Personnel-potential, relationships - morale, structure - size, vision - directions, and leadership - success

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 Servi
Caleb Sullivan
Apr 15, 2015 Caleb Sullivan rated it it was amazing
This book is a definite read for anyone, teenager to senior. Anyone can relate to it because it deals with such a wide variety of situations involving leadership. I am 15 right now and my dad had me read this book because he thought it was so good, and I soon thought the same. This book gives “laws” or suggestions on how to lead any group, from a business like the Ford Motor Company to leading your sports team to victory. Influence is the key to leadership without influence no one will follow yo ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Jeremy rated it it was ok
Shelves: business
This book didn't really apply to my life. I don't have many demands upon my leadership ability, and the way these "irrefutable laws" were laid out were not to my taste. I have no idea why I picked this up in the first place, since I suspected it was going to be like this before I even began.

This is a book for go-getter business leaders, or someone who runs one of those American Mega-Churches, with stadium seating and movie screens. It's for people who like to be positive, even if it means shutti
Feb 09, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, work
Started on this book due to a leadership course in church. I was quite impressed by Maxwell's ability to summarise these laws, and write at least one real-life example for each law. Very Amercian style of writing.

Some of these laws we intuitively know, but never pay attention to or elaborate on it.
Below are some of the laws that are most helpful to me, some of which I had never thought of:

3. Law of Process
5. Law of Addition
8. Law of Intuition
11. Law of Inner Circle
13. Law of the Picture
16. Law
Jul 17, 2010 John rated it it was ok
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.
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