22 de Abril de 2019 -
Hello, my friend! How are you? If you're out of time or "in a rush", go to the last paragraph of this text for a fast answer.
In times of immediate responses and connection 24 hours a day, talking about long-term transformation is a risk! But… at Você Aprende Agora we believe you can (and must!) dream big, and make a daily effort to get better every day. This is our mission - seeing you speaking English and being a Leader wherever you go. "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" was written by John Maxwell in 1998, and its goal is to improve your skills as a Leader.
Last classes we talked about the first 19 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership:
1- Law of the Lid;
2- Law of Influence;
3- Law of Process;
4- Law of Navigation;
5- Law of Addition;
6- Law of Solid Ground;
7- Law of Respect;
8- Law of Intuition;
9- Law of Magnetism;
10- Law of Connection;
11- Law of Inner Circle;
12- Law of Empowerment;
13- Law of the Picture;
14- Law of Buy-in;
15- Law of Victory;
16- Law of the Big Mo;
17- Law of Priorities;
18- Law of Sacrifice;
19- Law of Timing.
Let's talk about the twentieth irrefutable law of leadership: the Law of Explosive Growth. At this point of the book (one law before the last one!) the author talks about the importance of empowering people. "To add growth, lead followers - to multiply, lead leaders", says John Maxwell, highlighting the importance of preparing your people to take the lead.
There are differences between the leader who wants to attract "followers" and the leader who develops "leaders". The writer explains:
Leaders who attract followers - need to be needed.
Leaders who develop leaders - want to be succeeded.
Leaders who attract followers - focus on weaknesses
Leaders who develop leaders - focus on strengths.
Leaders who attract followers - treat everyone the same.
Leaders who develop leaders - treat individuals differently.
Leaders who attract followers - spend time with others.
Leaders who develop leaders - invest time in others.
It's a challenge to lead leaders, of course. These guys (you're one of them!) are much more demanding than the average ones. Leaders are hard to find, hard to gather, and hard to keep. The only way to keep (and attract) the leaders you have, is to keep adding value to them. Otherwise, they won't stick with you.
Empower people and make them better leaders, if you want explosive growth. The more you invest in people and the longer you do it, the greater the growth and the higher the return. "No matter where you are, I know one thing: you'll be able to reach your potential and help your organization reach its loftiest goals only if you begin developing leaders instead of merely attracting followers". You're empowering yourself now, my friend. What are you doing to develop your team? Comment here and see you next class!