Rule #7, The Law of Respect

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Back to The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell.

“Usually the more leadership ability a person has, the more quickly he recognizes leadership – or it’s lack – in others”.

When you enter a room where people have gathered together as a group for the first time, you will notice that everyone is a little tentative at first as they feel each other out. Watch closely as the leaders float to the top!

At first, it may be a result of their past deeds winning the respect of others that draws people in different directions. Over time, the group acknowledges who the real leader is.

Even in a group of leaders, someone will rise to the top. Others will acknowledge a greater leader or may leave.

Are you enough of a leader to accept that there are others more qualified than you? Can you swallow your pride enough to take the time to learn?

I have seen this with coaches in soccer with my kids. Great coaches take the team as far as they can and then seek out new skills and knowledge or the next person that can bring something different to the table.

A true leader will know when it’s time to make the sacrifice to step aside. That doesn’t mean giving up, it means knowing when it’s time to let someone else lead for a while.

Are you a great leader?

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for all of the great leaders I have met in my life. I’m thankful for any opportunity to grow. (Except my waistline!). I’m thankful for peanut butter cookies!

What are you thankful for today?

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