“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
John Maxwell, author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership spells out his philosophies as a leadership expert. He combined the insights learned from his own leadership success and mistakes with observations from the business world.
These leadership philosophies can be applied to your role as a recruiter and also emulated to your clients and candidates.
- The Law of Navigation – Anyone can steer a ship but it takes a leader to chart the course
Leaders see the whole trip in their minds before they leave the dock. They have a vision for getting to their destination, they understand what it will take to get there, they know who they’ll need on their team to be successful, and they recognize the obstacles long before they appear on the horizon.
- The Law of Solid Ground – Trust is the foundation of leadership
How does a leader build trust? By consistently exemplifying competence, connection, and character.
- The Law of Victory – Leaders find a way for the team to win
Victorious leaders have one thing in common: they share an unwillingness to accept defeat. The alternative to ‘winner’ is totally unacceptable to them. As a result, they figure out what must be done to achieve victory.
- The Law of Priorities – Leaders understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment
Leaders never advance to a point where they no longer need to prioritize. It’s something that good leaders keep doing no matter the task. Think of the 3 R’s: What is required?, What gives the greatest return?, What brings the greatest reward?
- The Law of Timing – When to lead is as important as what to do and where to go
Good leaders recognize that when to lead is as important as what to do and where to go. Timing is often the difference between success and failure in an endeavor.
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