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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

The laws for becoming a great leader

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is one of the major international bestsellers on the subject of leadership. Time passes, cultures change, and technology advances, but the principles of leadership that are described in this book remain constant. Follow them, and people will follow you. Leadership is not a static concept, but rather a skill that needs to be practiced daily: no matter what point you currently find yourself at, with the help of these 21 laws, you can immediately start to become a better leader.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Read in 18 min.
Listen in 22 min.

The true measure of leadership is influence, and a person’s performance depends on their leadership skills

We cannot lead others if we don’t have influence. Having influence means making things happen. There are many misconceptions surrounding the term leadership, such as when people hear that someone has a high-sounding title or has been assigned a leadership position, they automatically think that that makes them a leader. Sometimes this is true, but titles don't have much value when they refer to leadership: true leadership is not a title that can be awarded, it only comes from influence, and it is not something that is given to you, but must be earned.

Leadership is influence - nothing more, nothing less. If you can't influence others, they won't follow you, and if they don't follow you, you are not a leader. Leadership skills are a direct measure of a person’s performance potential: the less capable someone is of leading, the less potential they have. The better their leadership skills, the greater the return. The more you want to rise up the ladder, the more you need leadership. The stronger the impact you want to have, the greater your influence needs to be. Whatever you do in life is determined by your ability to lead others.

Leadership principles are a constant that transcends time and cultures. The laws of leadership are independent of each other, and they can be learned, but they do require constant practice. Apply them, and people will follow you. 


The key ideas of "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership"

The true measure of leadership is influence, and a person’s performance depends on their leadership skills
Leadership develops over time, and requires perseverance, discipline, vision, and intuition
The 7 key areas of leadership: character, relationships, knowledge, intuition, experience, past successes, skills
Trust is the foundation of leadership and is built on competence, relationships, and character.
People naturally follow leaders who are stronger than themselves, with whom they share character traits and values
Leaders touch people's hearts before asking for a hand, and their value is determined by those closest to them
A successful and confident leader must be able to delegate power to others
It takes a leader to create another leader, and leaders who develop other leaders multiply their growth
People invest in the leader and then in their ideal, and leaders always find a way to make their team win
The leader understands that working does not necessarily mean things are being accomplished, and knows how to set priorities
Sacrifice is a constant in leadership: “A leader must give up to go up”
A leader’s enduring worth is measured by succession
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