The Law of Influence

The True Measure of Leadership is Influence – Nothing More, Nothing Less

True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from influence, and that cannot be mandated. It must be earned.

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Five Myths About Leadership

1) The Management Myth – that leading and managing are the same. Leadership is about influencing people to follow, while management focuses on maintaining systems and processes. Managers can maintain direction; to move people you need influence.

2) The Entrepreneur Myth – entrepreneurs are skilled at seeing opportunities and going after them. But not all of them are good with leading people in their vision.

3) The Knowledge Myth – neither IQ nor education necessarily equates to leadership.

4) The Pioneer Myth – being a trendsetter is not the same as being a leader. To be a leader, a person has to not only be out in front, but also has to have people following his lead.

5) The Position Myth – leadership is not based on rank or title. It’s not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position.

 Several Factors That Make a Leader

1) CharacterWho They Are – true leadership always begins with the inner person. People can sense the depth of a person’s character.

2) RelationshipsWho They Know – with deep relationships with the right people you can become the real leader in an organization.

3) KnowledgeWhat They Know – information is vital. You need a grasp of the facts to develop an accurate vision for the future.

4) IntuitionWhat They Feel – leaders seek to recognize and influence intangibles such as energy, morale, timing and momentum.

5) ExperienceWhere They’ve Been – the greater your past challenges, the more likely followers will be willing to let you lead.

6) AbilityWhat They Can Do – the bottom line is followers want to know whether you can lead them to victory. As soon as they no longer believe you can deliver, they will stop following.

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

John Maxwell is one of my favorite authors and leaders. I read all of his books. This book is a must for everyone who is a leader. Be the best leader you can be and create a team that will follow you.

Source:

http://www.u-leadership.com/the_21_irrefutable_laws_of_leadership-w.pdf

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