The Law of Process

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Investing in Growth. The law of process says leadership is a daily process of investing in ourselves.

Test out where you are at with the Law of Process.  This is a test from the back of the 10th Anniversary Edition of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell.  Use this as a tool to help you track against the Law of Process.

The Law of Process

Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day

1. A) I have a concrete specific plan for personal growth that I engage in weekly.

2. B) I have found experts and mentors for key areas of my life with whom I engage on a regular basis.

3. C) To promote my professional growth I have read at least six books or taken at least one worthwhile class or listened to twelve or more audio lessons per year for the last three years.


Chapter 3 – The Law of Process – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell

This is the third of a series of posts on each of the chapters of the John Maxwell classic.  The format is starting with thoughts and a summary and ending with some bullet points with key take-aways.  Let me know in the comments what your biggest insight is from the Law of Process!  You can see the full series as it grows here

Thoughts and Summary:

There’s a talk that John Maxwell has given where he mentions that people often over estimate how much can be accomplished in a day and underestimate how much can be accomplished in a week.   Though some people may be born with more natural skill for being a leader, being a good leader is definitely something that can be learned.   Just like investing, compound interest becomes more powerful with more continued investment plus time.

Key concepts:

  • Leadership is like investing – it compounds.
  • The ability to lead is really a collection of learnable and improvable skills.  But the process doesn’t happen overnight.
  • Leadership has many facets, for example – respect, experience, emotional strenth, people skills, discipline, vision, momentum, timing and so on . . .
  • Leaders are Learners.
  • The four phases of Leadership Growth:
  •    – I don’t know what I don’t know – we are unaware of the value of leadership
  •    – I know what I don’t know – Something has caused us to realize that we need to learn to lead.
  •    – I grow and know and it starts to show – Knowing you need to learn and then working daily to grow.
  •    – I simply go because of what I know – After time of experience, leadership can become almost automatic if you’ve invested in yourself consistently.
  • Leadership doesn’t develop in a day.  It takes a lifetime.
Law of Process - Four Phases
Law of Process – Four Phases

Favorite quotes:

  • “Leadership develops daily, not in a day”
  • “The secret of our success is found in our daily agenda”  — Tag Short
  • “If you continually invest in your leadership development, letting your ‘assets’ compound, the inevitable result is growth over time.
  •  “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes” — Benjamin Disraeli
  •  “Champions don’t become champions in the ring – they are merely recognized there.”
  •  “You can map out a fight plan or a life plan.  But when the action starts, you’re down to your reflexes.  That’s where your road work shows.  If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, you’re getting found out now under the bright lights.”  — Joe Frazier
  •   “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows tin the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”  — Theodore Roosevelt

Questions to ask yourself:  How can you put more leadership development into each day?  In the comments, I’d love to hear about the different ways you put leadership development into your day and also obstacles that you face in adding more leadership development into your life.

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