LYL Season 2, Ep. 14 – The Law of the Lid – What’s Your Leadership Number?
A discussion on leadership would be remiss without mentioning the works of John Maxwell. Throughout the Leader vs. Leader, Ryan and Jerrod will discuss The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. In this episode, they discuss Law #1, the Law of the Lid
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The Law of the Lid: Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of Effectiveness
Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. Your leadership ability always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.
Leadership has a multiplying effect. When you have a high level of dedication to success, your leadership ability multiplies your effectiveness. Smart, talented people are able to go so far because of the limitations of their leadership. To reach the highest level of effectiveness, you have to raise your leadership lid.
Ways to Raise Your Lid
1. Be a lifelong learner
2. Build Your Team
3. Surround Yourself with Higher Leadership
4. List some of your major goals. (Try to focus on significant objectives-things that will require a year or longer of your time. List at least five but no more than ten items.) Now identify which ones will require the participation or cooperation of other people. For these activities, your leadership ability will greatly impact your effectiveness.
5. Ask others to rate your leadership. Talk to your boss,your spouse, two colleagues (at your level), and three people you lead about your leadership ability. Ask each of them to rate you on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) in each of the following areas:
– People skills
– Planning and strategic thinking
Average the scores, and compare them to your own assessment. Based on these assessments, is your leadership skill better or worse than you expected? If there is a gap between your assessment and that of others, what do you think is the cause? How willing are you to grow in the area of leadership?