Why Most People Ignore the Laws of Leadership

There is a huge chasm between “knowers” and “doers.”

Most people KNOW what to do, but few actually DO it.

Amazingly, this gap provides a significant opportunity for you if you choose to take it.

Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

In one of the bestselling leadership books of all time, The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership, John Maxwell explains how there are laws of leadership that, if followed, make true success nearly impossible not to achieve. Of course, if these laws are ignored, experiencing success is virtually unattainable.

While we can't calculate how many laws of leadership exist, we also can't deny certain leadership qualities have the power to make or break us. Just as Newton didn’t invent gravity, Maxwell doesn’t claim to have invented these laws. Rather he has observed these particular laws of leadership in action, witnessed their effects, and given them names. What's more, Maxwell isn’t the only one who has observed and named different laws of leadership. There are a multitude of books, articles, and blog posts dedicated to leadership. (HINT: You’re reading one right now.)

Walk Your Leadership Talk

So why is there still so much leadership training and so much written about leadership today?


People don't follow through.

Words win out over action.

Does this truth depress you?

It shouldn't.

You can choose to…

Not be a member of the masses.

Let your actions win out over empty words.

The reality is, it doesn’t take much to show up and shine. Simply live it forward by applying the laws of leadership instead of just talking about them. If you walk your leadership talk, you set yourself apart and put yourself on the path to success. (Did you know that even the Bible talks about this idea? It's true!)

Need some guidance on where to start?

Try asking yourself these questions:

  • What is one area in my life where I want to see change?
  • What one action can I take this week to live out leadership in this area?


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