The main idea behind “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You” is that anyone can be a leader if that person works to develop the skills in a steady, committed way. Author John C. Maxwell honed his leadership skills over more than 30 years in Christian ministry and management. With this bestselling book and his numerous speaking engagements for diverse audiences, Maxwell inspires through stories about leaders at all levels of society. You could dream of becoming a CEO, a basketball coach, or the mayor of a small town, and this advice would still apply to you.
Each chapter of the book begins with a few stories about leaders before revealing the strategies and exercises that readers need to grow in influence. Just using one of these tools, asserts Maxwell, will make a big impact on your leadership abilities: Using them all will do so much more. With each law building upon those before it, you can learn to lead by engaging many great skills and traits, such as sacrifice and a strong sense of priorities. The first law that the book introduces, called the “Law of the Lid,” reveals ruthless but necessary changes that you sometimes must make as a good leader.
Maxwell discusses why leaders such as Mother Teresa, Ray Kroc, Steve Jobs, and Billy Graham were so successful. For example, one story in the book discusses the brothers who first founded and ran McDonald’s. After taking over, these men could not achieve the success that Ray Kroc did because they lacked influence. The author explains how you can avoid the brothers’ fate with the right knowledge and awareness of your company’s needs. He then walks you through the trainable qualities and skills that make a strong leader. If you want to be that kind of a leader, then this book can help you on your journey to greatness.