The interaction between every leader and follower is a relationship, and all relationships either add to or subtract from a person’s life. The bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others. That is achieved by serving others and adding value to their lives.
The Law of Addition asks one simple question: Are you making things better for the people who follow you? That’s it. We add value to others when we:
• Truly value others
• Make ourselves more valuable to others
• Know and relate to what others value
• Do things that God values
Adding value to others through service doesn’t just benefit the people being served. It allows the leaders to experience:
• Fulfillment in leading others
• Leadership with the right motives
• The ability to perform significant acts as leaders
• The development of a leadership team
• An attitude of service on a team
—The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell
ARE YOU MAKING THINGS BETTER FOR THE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW YOU?
What separates a motivated person from all the others? The answer is that he has goals. He has identified what he wants to accomplish to fulfill his purpose and maximize his potential.
You see, on the success journey, the goals you set become your route. And to make progress, you need that—not because you’re hoping or expecting to reach some final destination, but because it shows you how to take the journey. On the success journey, the first part of the trip is just as important as the last part.
The main thing is to be constantly moving toward your destination. And setting goals is the best way to make sure that continues to happen.
—Your Road Map for Success – John Maxwell
REVIEW YOUR GOALS TO BE SURE THEY ARE ENCOURAGING YOU TO FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE AND MAXIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL.
How do you spot a leader? According to Robert Townsend, they come in all sizes, ages, shapes, and conditions. Some are poor administrators, while some are not overly bright. There is a clue: Since some people are mediocre, the true leader can be recognized because somehow his people consistently demonstrate superior performances.
A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others. Success without a successor is failure. A worker’s main responsibility is developing others to do the work.
Loyalty to the leader reaches its highest peak when the follower has personally grown through the mentorship of the leader. Why? You win people’s hearts by helping them grow personally.
Years ago, one of the key players on my staff was Sheryl Fleisher. When she first joined the team, she was not a people person. I began to work closely with her until she truly became a people person. Today she successfully develops others. There is a bond of loyalty that Sheryl has given to my leadership, and we both know the reason. My time invested with her brought a positive change. She will never forget what I have done for her. Interestingly, her time invested in the lives of others greatly helped me. I will never forget what she has done for me either.
The core of leaders who surround you should all be people you have personally touched or helped to develop in some way. When that happens, love and loyalty will be exhibited by those closest to you and by those who are touched by your key leaders.
—Developing the Leader Within You – John Maxwell
INVEST IN SOMEONE TODAY TO EMPOWER HIM OR HER TO GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
Many people make decisions when things aren’t going well. They look for relief in the despair of the valley instead of waiting for the clarity that comes from being on the mountaintop. Why? Because it takes a lot of effort to get to the mountaintop. And when you’re experiencing the darkness of the valley, it’s always tempting to make changes that you hope will relieve the discomfort.
When you are on top of the proverbial mountain, that is the time to make decisions. Here’s why:
• You can see your situation more clearly.
• You are moving to something, not just from something.
• You leave those around you in a better position.
• You decide using positive data, not negative.
• You are more likely to move from peak to peak instead of valley to valley.
On the other hand, when you’re in the valley, the most important thing you can do is persevere. If you keep fighting, you’re likely to get your second wind, just as distance runners do. And it’s said that only when runners are exhausted enough to reach that place do they find out what they can truly accomplish. If you keep persevering while you are in the valley, not only will you likely make it to higher ground where you can make better decisions, but you will also have developed character, which will serve you well throughout life.
—The Difference Maker – John Maxwell
USE THE CLARITY OF MOUNTAINTOP MOMENTS TO MAKE MAJOR DECISIONS.