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The next law in Maxwell’s “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” is “The Law of Process.” To be an effective leader we must prepare for success. There is a process to be successful there are steps to stay ahead of the curve. Effective leaders prepare and are ready for success. There are four phases of leadership growth; 1) I don’t know what I don’t know. 2) I know what I don’t know. 3) I grow and know and it starts to show! 4) I simply go because of what I know. Growth and development of a true leader is essential to build an effective legal team.
The Law of Navigation. Anyone can steer the ship. But it takes a leader to chart the course. Leaders are planners, they look at the situation, they factor in all of the relevant data, they offer their team all of the essential tools necessary to fulfill their roles and assignments for the team and the team’s goals. Here is a chart to follow:
1) Predetermine a course of action.
2) Lay out your goals.
3) Adjust your priorities.
4) Notify key personnel.
5) Allow time for acceptance.
6) Head into action.
7) Expect problems.
8) Always point to successes.
9) Daily review your plan.
The Law of E.F. Hutton. If you are over forty you most certainly will recognize the name E.F. Hutton because when E.F. Hutton speaks everybody listens. When effective leaders speak people listen. If you are a young leader often times you must utilize the natural leaders around you to get the job done. Recognizing those leaders on your team and utilizing there talents rather than bucking or fighting them for their respect is the mark of an effective leader.
The Law of Solid Ground. Leaders are people of integrity and they stand on solid ground.
The Law of Respect. People naturally will follow people that are better than they are. When a leader is respected they will have others follow. No respect no followers, no followers you are not a leader.
The Law of Intuition. Leaders are evaluators. They look forward, sideways and beyond to assess the right actions to lead the team. Leaders have excellent intuitive skills, yet intuition is often informed due to preparation, they expect the unexpected.