People often ask me for suggestions as to resource materials to help them on their leadership and personal growth journey. Whenever I am asked for a resource that will help an individual new to leadership, I recommend John Maxwell’s “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” In fact, when I was a Human Resources Manager, I used to give this book to every individual we hired or promoted into a management position. As far as I am concerned, it is required reading for every leader.
What I appreciate most about this book is its simplicity. I’ve read a lot of books on leadership that talk about theory, philosophy, and then parade out the newest leadership model. While good information, this is not where you want to start. John Maxwell takes the practice of leadership and breaks it into 21 easy to understand “laws”, each with a real story or example to help flush out the learning points for you.
If you want to understand how vision is an important part of leadership, read “The Law of Navigation”. Want to figure out how to influence your team so that they readily follow your lead, read “The Law of Connection.” And if you want to do a better job of focusing your team on the important things, read “The Law of Priorities.” Each of the 21 Laws will give you information to help you become a better leader, and to assist you in developing those leaders around you.
If you have read this book and found it to be helpful, I would love to hear from you.