The Law of the Lid

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On the John Maxwell Team, the Law of the Lid is the starting point for leadership development and growth. The concept is straightforward – leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness. It also determines the level of effectiveness attainable by their team.

As John points out in “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” if your leadership rates an 8, then your effectiveness can never be greater than a 7. If your leadership is only a 4, then your effectiveness will be no higher than a 3. Moreover, your team’s effectiveness will never be higher than your effectiveness, at least not for long.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the effectiveness of the people you lead/influence at work? What about at home?

Often leaders respond to frustration by focusing on improving and changing the people around them yet remain unsatisfied, frustrated and feeling alone. The most effective leaders lead change by constantly working to improve their own leadership effectiveness – beginning with self leadership (the toughest form of leadership) and moving from there to how they impact others. Moreover, when leaders learn how to share their need for growth openly with their team they create a safe, inspiring place for others to grow, take risk and assume ownership for the mission.

When was the last time you invested in your own personal growth? As John often says, if you won’t, who will?

If you are interested in building a process for growth into your life over the next two months check out one of our upcoming Mastermind Groups. Click HERE to learn more about P2R’s Mastermind Class coming in October.