Have you ever gotten off the highway only to find that normal speed limits feel far too slow? Experts call this “becoming velocitized.” I see this frequently in business leaders—the hard-charging, over-achieving executive adapts their lifestyle to an incredibly fast hybrid blend of business and family life.
Losing key personnel is inevitable as a business owner, and yet it almost always catches leaders unawares. From the moment an employee gives their notice, the pressure is on to fill the position with a replacement that is not only qualified and experienced but also fits well with the company culture.
A premier expert on the topic of leadership is author and speaker Dr. John C. Maxwell, with whom you’ll be familiar if you’ve read the other articles in my series about his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. One of my favorite laws from this book is the Law of Buy-in.
Leadership expert John Maxwell begins his chapter of the Law of Explosive Growth with the following words: “To add growth, lead followers—to multiply, lead the leaders.”
The life of a business owner has incredible highs and impossible lows, and the extremes are wide. It takes a tenacious, courageous, positive person to be able to excel in this role. Anxiety, depression, and second-guessing are all potentially crippling mental health issues that can haunt entrepreneurs and lead to burnout.
Every management expert claims to have created the best definition of leadership. After years of trying to come up with a better way of saying it myself, I keep coming back to the simple explanation that thought leader Dr. John C. Maxwell describes in his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
John Maxwell has achieved great success as an author and leadership expert, and one of his biggest secrets is all about the Law of timing. In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Maxwell writes that “good leaders recognize that when to lead is as important as what to do and where to go.”
Do you have the Big Mo on your side? I’m talking, of course, about momentum. As leadership expert John Maxwell writes in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, “momentum is a leader’s best friend.”
As John Maxwell writes in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, “Victorious leaders have one thing in common: they share an unwillingness to accept defeat.” Let’s face it: if you’re constantly leading your team to failure, you’re probably not a very good leader.
John Maxwell’s take on the Law of Empowerment can be summed up by a quote from Theodore Roosevelt that he included in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants to be done, and the self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”