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John C Maxwell: "LIVING the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (Introduction)"

Oct 2nd 2011 at 6:20 AM

Hi. My name is John Maxwell and I want to welcome you to Living the 21 Laws of Leadership Application Guide. Let’s take just a couple of moments and let’s get acquainted. I cannot tell you how excited I am today to be able to spend not only time with you on this tape, but for the next 21 tapes, really pouring myself into your life, to try and help you to grow as a leader. Many times when I travel across the country, people come to me and they say, “John, you’re my mentor,” and I’m always thrilled that I’m able to help and advance people and yet I realize what they mean by that is that they receive my monthly INJOY Life club tape or Maximum Impact tapes or they’re getting some of my books and resources. What they really saying to me is, “John, um, because of books, because of resources, you come into my life and you really are making a difference.” Obviously, it’s impossible for me to spend one-on-one time with you. And yet, what really excites me about this project is, probably more than anything I’ve ever done, I’m going to be able to spend some one-on-one time with you.

 

Through these tapes and through the application guide, I’m going to be able to, I think, step by step, maybe day by day, week by week, yes, I think even probably month by month, I’m going t be able to walk alongside of you and hopefully coach you a little bit, hopefully share some insights, some application principles that really have potential in changing your life. And I’m very excited about that. So you and I are going to take a journey. In fact, as I do each of these lessons, I want you to realize I’m thinking of you continually I’m basically asking myself that if I were in your shoes, how would I like to be mentored? How would I like to be cared for? How would I like for somebody to walk alongside of me and kind of teach me especially on such a vital subject like the one we’re going to talk about: Leadership.

 

Because your ability to lead is going to make a huge difference in your life and I know that. And so I think there will be times when I probably come alongside of you as a warm friend and then there’ll probably be times when I’ll kind of be more like a coach. I’ll try to motivate you a little bit and maybe there’ll be times I’ll even be like a parent and be kind of passionate and say, “Look, you got to get this.” And so, just understand me. Basically, my name is John. I’m your friend. And I want more than you even realize, for you to be successful. And so I’m going to give it my best shot. I’m going to do everything I possibly can on these tapes to teach you, to motivate you, to instruct you, but what really thrills me is your best friend is this application guide. You see, if we just gave you the tapes, I think that would help. I’m sure it would. But what I love about this project in this resource is that you’re going to have it accompanying these tapes. An application guide that I have promised you will make a difference.

Now, don’t short-cut the system. Don’t fast-forward the tape, to kind of try and get to something you think you really need. Let’s take our time. In fact, let’s kind of make a deal here. I think what we need to do is have a good understanding in this first tape, really what these resources would do for us, and what this, um, friendship, this mentoring relationship would really do for our own individual growth, so let’s just talk about it for a moment.

I’m in no hurry. I want to spend some time with you. And here’s why: I want to make you into a wonderful leader and you don’t make wonderful leaders overnight. We’re not trying to stick you in a microwave. We’re not going to microwave you. We don’t need any more microwave leaders. We need crock-pot leaders. We need you to pass some time and let some of this principles simmer in your life. Now I know, because I’m kind of a fast-paced, high-energy, impatient person. I know what the tendency’s going to be. In fact, if I would get this resource I would probably say, “Wow, 22 tapes? OK, there are about 25 minutes in link, good night. I think, I could, if I really put in a long day by midnight tonight, I could finish this whole course.” Now, that’s me. And so, you have to understand. I understand the person who really wants to hurry up in the process, but we don’t want to hurry up in this process. And I’m going to tell you why. What we’re talking about is so important. What we’re talking about will make such a difference in your life that you don’t want to short-cut it. Trust me on this.

 

The resources that are in your hand right now, the tape that you’re listening to, has life-changing value. So, let’s just take a moment and let’s kind of walk together on what’s this is going to look like. I would first suggest to you that you read the book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Before I would listen to the tapes and go to this application guide, I would take, I don’t know, however long it’s going to take you to read that book. A week, perhaps? And I would just read the book, and here’s why: The book will give you what I call, “big picture of you” of leadership. What you need to do is that you need to understand the Laws, before, obviously, you or I could ever apply the Law. So, I want to give you just the total picture, and the book would do that. So step number one is to read the book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Step number two is then to began listening to these audio cassettes. Now, here’s the way I do it. This may not be the way that you would want to do it, but let me just kind of share with you out of my own experience. I try every week when I’m home, to listen to seven tapes. And people asked me, “John, how can you listen to seven tapes in a week?” Well, it’s very simple for me: When I’m in a car. That’s when I listen to my tapes. What I would suggest, if that’s the way you do it, is to put one of this tapes in your car but just listen to it maybe three or four times, perhaps, before you even go to the application guide. But now what I’m going to share with you is essential. Sometime in this process of going through this lesson with me on the tape, you need to have the application guide in front of you. So, that as I talked to you of today’s lesson, you can be looking in the application guide because I promise you a couple of things. One, I promise you that there’s a lot more material in the application guide than what I’m going to talk to you about on the tape. So, if you just listen to the tape without the application guide, oh, that’s going to really short-cutting you. In fact, if you ever got into this position, you’re going to “either-or”, you would be much better going with just the application guide. Now, as soon as you do that without the tape, you’re going to get fired up, there are blanks in the guides so you’re still going to say, “Wait a minute. When John designed this thing, he said, “I want you to have the tape and the application guide side by side.”.” And there’s a reason for that, because one will compliment the other. And remember, remember, take your time.

 

Now you say, “What do you mean, John, take my time? How long does it going to take for me to go through these 22 tapes and this application guide?” Well, let me give you a couple of scenarios as I have thought through this. First of all, if I were just to say, “Just write over the top how long it’s going to take you,” I would suggest that you commit one month to each law. Now, you say, “Wow. That’s a long time.” Well, you don’t have to take that long. For some of you may say, “Well, I think I can do one every week,” or “one every couple of weeks.” Well, you’re going to find your pays, but here’s what I know: once you get to the application guide, you’re going to find there are three parts to every section. The first part is kind of what we called the assessment segment. And that always starts with a cluster of questions that’s really designed to help you evaluate your current level of living. In other words, we’ll take a particular law and we’ll say, “OK, here’s some questions for you to evaluate yourself and say, “OK, How do I do? Do I do this well? All well or do I not do it well?” I mean, if you are going from 1 to a 10, would you write yourself a 10, or would you write yourself a 3, 10 being top and I guess 1 being at the bottom, but you have to assess it.

 

Now, let me stop here for a moment. If you really want to have a true assessment, of how well you do this Law, you will include a friend and ask him to evaluate you based on those questions. Now, this gets a little sticky because I know what happens about now. You say, “I’m not sure I want someone else evaluating my leadership.” You see, what you’re going to have to do is get comfortable with me. I’m your friend, my name is John. I want to help you, listen to me. You can either look at all these questions and kind of evaluate yourself in a subjective way and perhaps come up with some kind of a bottom line evaluation on how long you do each law or, you can find a friend that really loves you, but will be honest with you. Or maybe a couple of friends—perhaps your spouse—and let them go through those questions and let them share with you what they see about your leadership from a totally different perspective. Now I promise you, if you include someone else who really cares about you in this process, you will have a much truer evaluation of how well you lead. And I think, I really think, that’s what you want. I know that’s what I want. I know in my own assessment of my own leadership, many times I’ve sat down with my staff, and I’ll have them assess how well I lead, and I let them fill in the blanks and answer the questions and put the numbers behind. And I’ve always even done on them anonymously because I never want to intimidate them. And here’s what I know: Every time they evaluated me, I came back with a truer evaluation of who I really was than if I would have done myself.

 

So, when you get into the application guide, you’re going to get into, the first section in every chapter is going to be assessment. We’re going to try to help you figure how well you do that Law. Now, we’re going to go then into the application segment, which is a kind of a group of principles and practical guidelines that will help you with that particular Leadership Law in your life. And it’s always the same way: I’ll start off with a story in the application section that is in my book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. And most of the time, in all the tape, I’m not going to even talk about that story because I’m going to assume, one, you’ve already read it and number two, when you read the application guide, in that section, you’re going to read the story anyway. So, you’ve already know the story so I probably won’t mess too much with the story. But here’s what I know: The application segment has principles and practical guidelines that you need to take sometime with. In fact, here’s what I think: If I were going through the application section, I would look at it and I would began to ask myself questions such as, “Do I follow these guidelines? Do these principles fill my life?” or, “Are these principles kind of formed how I think and how I really respond to life itself?” so, it’s a kind of a good time for you to inwardly evaluate yourself again in a very practical setting.

 

Now, probably, if you go to the assessment section, the first part of the application guide, if you really, really assess yourself well, it’s going to take a few days, I promise you. Three or four, maybe five days. Now, the application section, I just don’t see how that can be handled in less than maybe a week itself because, um, you’re going to have to relate, look at yourself and see how well you do these things and you’re also going to flesh them out. This is the time to start trying some of the things that we’re talking about. And when you do to the action assignment, which is the last part of every chapter, this is a project. We’re going to give you a project that will help you put the things that you are learning into practice.

 

Now, there’s a tendency to skip the action side. It’s kind of like, “OK, I‘ve evaluate myself, I know how to apply these things, and now, I’ll go on to the next Law.” But I promise you, this is the shortcut you don’t want to take. How you become a better leader? Not by evaluation, not by thinking, but by doing. You’ve got to do it. Now, the moment you start doing, what you are learning, all of a sudden, a couple of things are going to happen. And you’re going to get frustrated because you’re not going to do them all well, and you’re going to say, “Oh, this is not good for me.” But that’s OK. Put that on hold. The only way that you’re ever going to grow, the only way you’re ever going to develop as a leader is to lead, because leaders are action people. Leaders aren’t philosophers, sitting over in some shelf in the corner of life, basically just giving theory. Leaders lead. Leaders do. Leaders act. Leaders move. There’s a lot of action in leadership. So, what I want to share with you on that is, you really got to get on this action assignment. Do the project.

 

Now, if the project really seems to be not fitting you—it’s kind of like, trying to put Saul’s armor on David—that doesn’t work, don’t skip the action assignment. Here’s your challenge: Make your own. And this is the place I think that you really want to be held accountable. Why not take whatever project you are going to use, probably most of the time you use the ones we have in the application guide, take the project and share it with a few people and say, “Here’s what I ‘m going to attempt to do this month, and what I want you to do now, is that I want you to evaluate how well I do it.” in other words, “I’m going to try this. Talk to me.” Now, I promise you this: Just as you need somebody to assess you and evaluate you, you also need somebody to come alongside of you in this project phase.

 

Now, I want you to know the relationship that I want to have with you. I’m not going to cover all the material, that’s why the application guide is so important, but I really do want to be your friend and mentor. Now what that means is, I’ll put a lot of time. I’ll put a lot of effort into providing lessons for you that truly will make a difference. The reward that I’m going to receive out of this, I can tell you right now, is your personal leadership growth. Everywhere I go I had people come up to me and say, your leadership material, your resources, has changed my life.”

 

I’m so excited about this project because of all the things I’ve ever done I feel that this has the most life-changing potential, because the application guide is so well-written. And I want to stop here for a moment. One of the things that you are going to learn as you go through these tapes is that a leader develops good people around him. A leader develops a team. It’s not that this lone Ranger solo, I’m-the-only-guy-on-the-top kind of a leader, only lay on the top, that’s not what we’re talking about at all. We’re talking about you leading better and then you finding the team around you. And I just want you to know while I’m teaching these lessons to you, I have some of my solid team around me: Linda, my assistant, and Charlie, my researcher and writer and this whole application guide. This is exciting to me. Dan Lyle, who I’ve mentored in walkthrough alongside and really taught him how to lead, wrote this material, and it is so outstanding. In fact, here’s what really thrills me about this material. If you could have seen Dan Lyle when I met him in 1982, and realized that he did not have natural gifts of leadership. And if you could have watched him, listen, learn, be teachable, coach-able, apply, over these years now, over these many years, into what I call one of the finest leaders I know today, you would be encouraged. In fact, here’s my prayer: That my mentoring relationship with Dan all over these years in developing him as a leader, somehow, in these application guides, in these tapes, these resources that you now have in your hand, would take you to a new level, a level that you have never thought possible. A year from now, I’m hoping your spouse would look at you and say, “I cannot believe how you’ve develop and you’ve grown in your leadership.”

 

So here’s our—kind of our relationship: I will walk alongside of you. I’m going to laugh with you. I’ll pray for you, I’ll encourage you, I’ll sort you, I’ll do everything I can to move you. And you’re, um, I think your obligation to me is to roll up your sleeves and give it your best shot. Not be perfect, but give it your best shot. For here’s what I know: Together, we can develop you to be a better leader. And somewhere down the road, within the next few years, I’ll catch you in a conference, or you’ll write me a letter. Or send me e-mail to me and you’ll say, “Hey, John, when I started these resources, Living the 21 Laws of Leadership Application Guide with the tapes, I was, from a 1 to a 10 I was a 2 as a leader. But now I am a 6 and I move into a 7.” You see, your growth is my happiness. The positive change in your life is my reward. So, let’s get busy. We’ve got a lot of tapes, it’s going to take a long time, but that’s all right. Great leaders never built or developed in a short span of time. The effort, the time, the energy, the cost, the change, it’s all worthy. Because today, you’re beginning a journey with me that I promise you, you’ll never be the same again. So, let’s grow together.

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