1) THE LAW OF THE LID
A person’s level of ability when it comes to leadership is determined by the person’s effectiveness. This law is perhaps one of the best ways to start off talking about leadership and the different attributes related to it. It is as simple as understanding the value of a lid. The higher the leadership ability, the higher your lid! For instance, the rating of your leadership ability will determine your rating on your effectiveness and your possible potential.
“Your leadership ability—for better or for worse—always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization”.
We may be amazing at systematically organizing and managing an enterprise but it is all in vain if we are unable to lead and expand. This is where this law of the lid comes to place. If we are unable to lead a group of people and expand our business, then there is a lid that is stopping our growth, our success.
One of the best examples to best demonstrate this law of the lid is how the famous McDonald’s Systems, Inc. later called the McDonald’s Corporation was established and developed. We must raise our leadership lid in order to reach heights that are beyond any measure, impeccable!
2) THE LAW OF INFLUENCE
A true leader can simply INFLUENCE! Fortunately enough, influence is something that cannot be mandated but earned and therefore it is one of the most important and effective attribute in a good leader.
There are a few myths about leadership that are still prevalent in the corporate world and they are:
The Management Myth- Managing and leading people are not the same!
The Entrepreneur Myth- Not all entrepreneurs are good leaders.
The Knowledge Myth- IQ and education is not always equivalent to leadership.
The Pioneer Myth- A trendsetter is not the same as being a leader and a good leader has people following his lead.
The Position Myth- It is not about the position that makes the leader but the leader who makes the position!
There are several factors that makes a person a good leader.
Character – Who are they exactly? – True leadership undoubtedly begins with the inner person- the persona itself. People can sense the depth of a person’s character.
Relationships – Who do they know? – With deep relationships with the right people you can become the real leader in a firm.
Knowledge – What do they know? – Information is vital and a very important aspect of any firm or any person working with the firm. You need a knack of the facts to develop an accurate vision for the future.
Intuition – What do they feel? – Leaders seek to recognize and influence intangibles such as energy, morale, timing and momentum.
Experience – Where have they been? – The greater your earlier challenges, the more likely your followers will be willing to let you lead.
Ability – What all can they do? – The bottom line is that followers always want to know whether you can lead them to victory or not. As soon as they believe you can no longer deliver, they will stop following you.
3) THE LAW OF PROCESS
One thing that anyone who aspires to become a leader, which everyone does, has to remember is that a leader is not made over night- it takes time, effort and patience packed with unbeatable attributes. Leadership develops daily and not in a day is how the founder of these laws put this particular law of process.
Progress and growth (development that is impeccable) is inevitable as we invest time and energy into seasoning our leadership abilities. We must have the capacity and heart to continuously learn new things. A good leader has no boundaries when it comes to learning and acquiring new found things and knowledge. The process of building a leader within is on-going and can never be stopped for any reason. It is the result of patience, determination and perseverance.
There are a few phases of progressing as a leader. They are:
Phase 1: I don’t know what I don’t know!– As long as we do not know the importance of growing as a leader and learning new things instead of sitting back and saying “I don’t know what I don’t know”.
Phase 2: I know that I need to know – At some point or the other, the realisation of needing to know how to be a brilliant leader is essential and all that it takes.
Phase 3: I know what I don’t know – In this phase, personal realisation as to what is what and what is known and unknown is recognised and worked upon.
Phase 4: I know and grow and it starts to show – When the lack of skill is recognised and the daily discipline of personal growth is begun, exciting things start to happen. Every move made has to be thought over and you start becoming an effective leader.
Phase 5: I simply go because of what I know – Your ability to lead becomes almost automatic and as part of a routine. Great instincts are developed which result in incredible payoffs. Obeying the law of process and paying a price is perhaps the only way to get there.
4) THE LAW OF NAVIGATION
Only a leader can actually LEAD! A ship can be steered by anyone: but only a leader can chart the course of the ship.
Not every trip end successfully and one of the foremost qualities of a leader therefore is to chart the course carefully and with complete adherence to the thought that the ones who are to follow the leader are for a matter of fact dependent on the leader and his ability to chart the course of the journey.
THE PAST IS THE KEY– Every past experience, whether a success or a failure, is an extremely valuable source of information and wisdom. It brings with it impeccable know how of each operation or plan of action.
COMMITMENTS ARE MADE AFTER PROPER EXAMINING – No good leader, without examining the current scenario, plans a course of action.
ALL EARS TO OTHERS – Good leaders always are ready to incur details and suggestions from people around them. They are always ready to learn more regardless of where the knowledge comes from.
THE FAITH AND FACT CONCLUSION – A leader must have a positive attitude. Balancing optimism and realism, faith and fact can be very difficult but extremely important as a good leader. ƒ
There is always a course of action in any scenario or in simple words, there is always a way to do certain things – the right way! Given below is one of the simple yet powerful perspective of a good leader as to how best something can be done. This can be called as a Navigation Strategy under this particular law.
Predetermine a course of action.
Lay out your goals.
Adjust your priorities.
Notify key personnel.
Allow time for acceptance.
Head into action.
Always point to the successes.
Daily review your plan
Like anything else, the key to the crux of this law of navigation is simply- preparation! A good leader always does his/her homework thoroughly and has the trust and welfare of the followers always in the top of the priority list.
5) THE LAW OF ADDITION
A good leader has the inclination towards serving others and adding value out of the same.
Adding profits by adding value: A good leader is not one who advances far enough, it is one who helps others advance further.
Adding Value, Changing Lives: There are four guidelines to adding value to others.
Truly Value Others – effective leaders intentionally help others. They value people and demonstrate care in such a way that their followers realise it.
Make Yourself More Valuable To Others – The more intentionally leaders grow personally, the more they offer their followers.
Know and Relate to What Others Value – This can only come when leaders listen to people’s stories, their hopes and dreams. They learn and understand what is valuable to them and then lead based on what they’ve learned.
Do Things That God Values – God desires everyone not only to treat people with respect, but also to actively reach out to them and serve them.