Book Review: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Written by Writer and Author, William Ballard
The original copy of this book was actually written and published in 1998. However, I have not been privileged to read the original copy. What I am reviewing and presenting to you today is the revised and updated 10th Anniversary Edition of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (AFF).
It was interesting to read the forward of this book because it was written by a man that is also well known as a leadership speaker/teacher and/or communicator. Very seldom do you ever see leadership experts sharing each other’s audiences, but that is exactly what John Maxwell did with Stephen R. Covey who wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (AFF), The 8th Habit (AFF), and Everyday Greatness (AFF).
Because I have never read the original copy of this book I cannot really give a compare and contrast between this newly revised and updated edition against the original. However, what I can tell you is what this updated version has done for me.
What would happen if a top leadership expert with more than forty years of leadership experience was willing to bestow upon you everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? Could it change your life?
John Maxwell has seemed to do just that in this powerful book about leadership. He has combined the insights he has learned over the years of leadership success and mistakes with observations from the arenas of business, politics, sports, religious sectors, and military conflicts.
Regardless of where you are in your leadership journey, this book is a great foundation for your leadership development.
Find out why…
All these issues and more are explained in this revised and updated version of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Like them or not, the laws of leadership govern your personal and organizational effectiveness. “Everything rises and falls on leadership,” says Maxwell, and he goes on to say, “These laws carry consequences with them. I’ve seen them work in more than ninety countries around the world. Apply the laws and people will follow you. Violate or ignore them, and you will not be able to lead others. But here’s the good news: every one of the laws can be learned.”
There are also some things that may trouble individual readers. Maxwell learned his leadership trade as a pastor and it's obvious from several of his personal stories that he shares in this book. That can make some people uncomfortable. Others think that you need to learn leadership in business or the military, because a church is a "soft" environment (forgiving audience).
However, I tell you, don't believe it! Maxwell learned is trade in one of the most demanding environments that a leader can experience. Pastors and other nonprofit leaders don't have many of the tools or resources of reward that their business colleagues have. They even lack the disciplinary tools that the military gives its leaders. I know this because I have background in all three of these arenas.
The result is that people who learn their trade in the nonprofit world develop skills of communication and persuasion that other leaders in other sectors are often oblivious to. The lessons Maxwell learned and share in this book will work anywhere.
If you're just starting out as a leader, this book can provide you with a self-development roadmap to guide you as you work to master the craft of leadership in your respective organizations. If you've been practicing leadership for a while, this book will give you a refresher as well as new insights.
I know that the majority of my readers are writers (bloggers and so forth), but there are also some that are business minded individuals that can really benefit from reading books on leadership. I truly believe that regardless of what your profession is, leadership, communication, and persuasion are all qualities, skills, and attributes that every writer (Freelance Writer or Author) needs.
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