Rule #5, The Law of E.F. Hutton

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Who is really the leader?In John C. Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, he discusses how people who have been given technical authority may in fact have none. Those with no official authority in fact have the “real” authority. There was a time it was said that when E.F. Hutton spoke, everyone listened.

Oddly enough, my son was a good example of this. He was a very quiet and unassuming young man. When he spoke up, people listened because he spoke with truth and honesty. He could get his friends to do what he asked with little resistance.

You will often see this in groups where someone has earned the respect of their peers. It’s not something that can be demanded or automatically expected. Next time you are in a group, watch to see where the heads turn. You might be surprised!

If you are trying to sway opinions, don’t try to win the whole group at once. Look to see where those heads are turning and focus on that person. For whatever reason, they have earned and hold the real power. Win them over and the power becomes yours.

You might want to consider reading Robin Sharma’s The Leader Who Had No Title. That book does a great job of supporting “The Law of E.F. Hutton”.

Make it a great day!

Barry
P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for the friendly face at Tim Horton’s in the morning. I’m thankful for coaches like Randy Taylor. I’m thankful for peas!

What are you thankful for today?

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