Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Law No. 7 - The Law of Respect - John C. Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Law No. 7 in John C. Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is The Law of Respect.

A small group gathers together to develop an idea from head office. Now, if the team is not appointed with a leader, what will happen? Initially there may be some discussion, debate, and ideas flowing forth. As the team gets to know each other, normally the strongest leader in the team will be easily identified. You know what I mean, the leader who seems to have integrity, self-assertiveness, wisdom and maturity. The law of respect, simply says, that in this situation, the team will naturally follow the strongest leader in the team. That's the law of respect - 'People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves'.

Think of a leader that you follow that inspires you. You respect them right? Also, they most likely are a stronger leader than you, correct? You follow them, because of what they have done in your life, what they have done for in an organisation/s or what they have done to inspire people to reach their potential. We naturally follow leaders stronger than ourselves. I know this to be true for me.

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John Maxwell shares the story of a lady you might not expect to be a strong leader, in a worldly sense; she didn't have the looks for it and she didn't have qualifications. In fact she grew up as a slave in the early-mid 1800s. Her name was Harriet Tubman. What an inspiring story of someone who chose to free other people from slavery, and risking her life for their freedom. They called her Moses, and as Maxwell writes, 'By the start of the [American] Civil War [1861-1865], she had brought more people out of slavery than any other American in history. Harriet Tubman had people who respected her, for her commitment to ending slavery, and people followed her. For more on Harriet Tubman's story, check out Wikipedia.

This is John C. Maxwell's Law of Respect (Law No. 7), from his bestselling book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.


  1. Leadership, leadership, leadership. That is the God of the Christian church these days. Spoken, blogged, Facebooked, Twittered, it's all that people go on about. I would guess that the word "lead" and it's various forms are used far more than the name "Jesus". Eveyone wants to be a leader, to learn how to be a leader, teach others to be leaders. I am sick of the obsession with leadership. Perhaps officers/ministers/pastors etc. should concentrate on just loving and serving the community that they find themselves in, rather than striving to be the CEO of their corps/church.

  2. Jesus was a leader, but not a CEO. Thanks for your insight though.


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