Saturday, July 9, 2011

Law No. 3 - The Law of Process - John C. Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Law 3 - The Law of Process

In this law, John C. Maxwell is simply saying that leadership is not developed just in a day. We don't wake up one morning and all of a sudden we have leadership expertise running through our veins. Leadership is developed daily. It is developed through our consistent growing, learning, stretching, reading, attempting and perseverance.

John Maxwell outlines the four phases of leadership growth, and they are:
Phase 1 - I don't know what I don't know
Phase 2 - I know what I don't know
Phase 3 - I grow and know and it starts to show
Phase 4 - I simply go because of what I know

Honestly, from starting work as a full-time Salvation Army minister (2009), I have witnessed my development through these stages. Lets take the example of filling out the financial records. My first attempt saw me in phase 1 - I didn't know how to fill out the paperwork, and I wasn't even sure who to ask for help. As I began to learn the financial system, I began to see the mistakes I was making (phase 2), and over time I have been able to fill out the finances myself! Now, I'm proud to say I'm finally in phase 4, where I can complete the work, fairly quickly and accurately. We are really at different stages on different aspects in leadership. Currently we are embarking on a building project in my local Church, and I feel once again, that I'm back in the early phases trying to understand the process, and learning how to lead effectively within the whole process.

What is leadership development?

Leadership development is more than just learning leadership techniques. You might know all the leadership techniques in the world (congratulations!), but if you don't know the systems and processes for the task you are completing, then it is still difficult! Leadership capacity coupled with a great understanding of the tasks you are completing, is a powerful combination.

The point of this leadership law, is that to grow to become a great leader, with the right values and qualities, and the right skills, develops over time, and not in a day. As a young leader, I have to discipline myself to learn and grow, so that I can become, by God's grace, a better leader. There are days, honestly, when you feel like, you will never 'arrive' at the place you want to be, though my hunch is that even leaders in their sixties and seventies still have that feeling! Be encouraged to continue to grow and learn, no matter what your age, and no matter what you 'have achieved' and what you are dreaming about.

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