#3 The Law of Process

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership - John C. Maxwell

From the book “The 21 Laws of Leadership” by John C. Maxwell

#3 The Law of Process - Leadership develops daily, not in a day…

Earn dividends - watch them grow - stay in for the really long haul - watch your dividends grow - reinvest them….


Becoming a leader is a lot like investing successfully in the stock market.  If your hope is to make a fortune in a day, you’re not going to be successful.  What matters most is what you do day by day over the long haul. 

You can find smart, talented, successful people who are able to go only so far because of the limitations of their leadership.

The secret of our success if found in our daily agenda.  If you continually invest in your leadership development, letting your “assets” compound, the inevitable result is growth over time. 

Although it’s true that some people are born with greater natural gifts than others, the ability to lead is really a collection of skills, nearly of which can be learned and improved.  But that process does not happen overnight.  Leadership is complicated.  It has many facets: respect, experience, emotional strength, people skills, discipline, vision, momentum, timing - the list goes on.  Many of these factors are considered intangibles which is why leaders require so much seasoning to be effective.  


It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers.  Successful leaders are learners.  The goal each day to get a little better, to build on the previous day’s progress.


PHASE 1 -  I don’t know what I don’t know

In this phase as a leader you are ineffective and unaware (Keep learning and growing to learn more)

PHASE 2 - I know what I don’t know 

In this phase as a leader you are ineffective but aware (As a leader you need to be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts)

PHASE 3 - I grow and know and it start’s to show 

In this phase as a leader you are more effective and more aware (The secret to success in life is for a person to be ready when your time comes)

PHASE 4 - I simply go because of what I know 

In this phase as a leader you are highly effective and aware (When you reach this phase in your journey, your ability to lead becomes almost automatic.  The only way to get here is to obey the Law of Process and pay the price.)


What a person does on a disciplined, consistent basis get’s them ready, no matter what the goal.  Dedication is required to become a great leader.  

Your leadership ability is not static.  Some of the best leaders continue to grow and become even better leaders even after they they retire.  


Champions don’t become champions in the ring-they are merely recognized there.  President Theodore Roosevelt famously quoted: “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; and who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

BE A PERSON OF ACTION (Start slow and build everyday…there is no such thing as an overnight success)

#3 The Law of Process - Leadership develops daily, not in a day…

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