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THE 21 IRREFUTABLE
LAWS OF LEADERSHIP

FOLLOW THEM AND PEOPLE
WILL FOLLOW YOU

JOHN C. MAXWELL

THOMAS NELSON PUBLISHERS
NASHVILLE


Copyright © 1998 by Maxwell Motivation, Inc., a Georgia corporation
All rights reserved. Written permission must be secured from the publisher to use or reproduce any part of
this book, except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles.

Scripture quotations noted CEV are from THE CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH VERSION. © 1991 by the
American Bible Society. Used by permission.

Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

IS BN 0-7852-7431-6
To the hundreds of thousands of people

to whom I’ve taught leadership over the years
through conferences and books …

and

To you—
the person wanting to become a better leader

because
everything rises and falls on leadership

CONTENTS
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the beginning. But I’m going to develop relationships with people and draw new people to this
church, and someday, I’ll have greater influence than you.

“But I don’t want to battle you,” I continued. “You’re sixty-five years old right now. Let’s
say you’ve got another ten to fifteen years of good health and productivity ahead of you. If you
want, you can make these years your very best and make your life count. We can do a lot of great
things together at this church, but the decision is yours.”

When I finished, Jim didn’t say a word. He got up from his seat, walked into the hall, and
stopped to take a drink at the water fountain. I followed him out and waited. After a long time, he
stood up straight and turned around. When he did, I could see that tears were rolling down his
cheeks. And then he gave me a great big bear hug and said, “You can count on me to be on your
side.”

And Jim did get on my side. As it turned out, he did live about another ten years, and because
he was willing to help me, we accomplished some positive things together at that church. But it
never would have happened if I hadn’t had the courage to try to make a connection with him that
first day in my office.

THE TOUGHER THE CHALLENGE, THE
GREATER THE CONNECTION

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH
PEOPLE BEFORE ASKING THEM TO FOLLOW YOU. IF YOU’VE EVER STUDIED THE
LIVES OF NOTABLE MILITARY COMMANDERS, YOU HAVE PROBABLY NOTICED
THAT THE BEST ONES PRACTICED THE LAW OF CONNECTION. I ONCE READ THAT
DURING WORLD WAR I IN FRANCE, GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR TOLD A
BATTALION COMMANDER BEFORE A DARING CHARGE, “MAJOR, WHEN THE
SIGNAL COMES TO GO OVER THE TOP, I WANT YOU TO GO FIRST, BEFORE YOUR
MEN. IF YOU DO, THEY’LL FOLLOW.” THEN MACARTHUR REMOVED THE
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS FROM HIS UNIFORM AND PINNED IT ON THE
MAJOR. HE HAD, IN EFFECT, AWARDED HIM FOR HEROISM BEFORE ASKING HIM
TO EXHIBIT IT. AND OF COURSE, THE MAJOR LED HIS MEN, THEY FOLLOWED HIM
OVER THE TOP, AND THEY ACHIEVED THEIR OBJECTIVE.

Not all military examples of the Law of Connection are quite so dramatic. For example, it’s
said that Napoleon made it a practice to know every one of his officers by name and to remember
where they lived and which battles they had fought with him. Robert E. Lee was known to visit
the men in their campsites the night before any major battle. Often he met the next day’s
challenges without having slept. More recently, I read about how Norman Schwarzkopf often
found ways of connecting with his troops. On Christmas in 1990 during the Persian Gulf War, he
spent the day among the men and women who were so far away from their families. In his
autobiography, he says,

I started at Lockheed Village … Some [troops] had already sat down to dinner, though it was only
noon, because they were eating in shifts. I shook a lot of hands. Next I went back out to the Escan
Village, where there were three huge mess halls in tents. At the first a long line of troops
stretched out the entryway. I shook hands with everyone in the line, went behind the serving
counter to greet the cooks and helpers, and worked my way through the mess hall, hitting every
table, wishing everyone Merry Christmas. Then I went into the second and third dining facilities
and did the same thing. I came back to the first mess tent and repeated the exercise, because by

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SKYLINE AND SPEAK AT A FUND-RAISING BANQUET FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF
THE BUILDING PROJECT, AND I WAS DELIGHTED TO HONOR HIS REQUEST.

They staged the event at the San Diego Convention Center, located on the city’s beautiful
bay. They really did a first-class job of everything, and about 4,100 people attended. The best
part for my wife, Margaret, and me was the chance to see and talk with so many of our old
friends. And of course, I felt privileged to be the evening’s keynote speaker. It was quite a
celebration—and quite a success. People pledged more than $7.8 million toward the building of
the church’s new facility.

As soon as I finished speaking, Margaret and I slipped out of the ballroom. We wanted the
night to belong to Jim, since he was now the leader of Skyline. Because of that, we knew it
would be best if we made a quick exit before the program was over. Descending the stairs, I
grabbed her hand and gave it a squeeze.

“Margaret,” I said, “wasn’t it an awesome night?”
“Oh, it was great,” she said. “I think Jim was really pleased.”
“I think you’re right,” I said. “You know what was the best part for me? Knowing that what

we started all those years ago is going to continue.” As we left the convention center behind us, I
felt that our final chapter with Skyline was finished, and it had a very happy ending. It’s like my
friend Chris Musgrove says, “Success is not measured by what you’re leaving to, but by what
you are leaving behind.”

When all is said and done, your ability as a leader will not be judged by what you achieved
personally or even by what your team accomplished during your tenure. You will be judged by

w well your people and your organization did after you were gone. You will be gauged
cording to the Law of Legacy. Your lasting value will be measured by succession.

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CONCLUSION
EVERYTHING RISES AND FALLS ON

LEADERSHIP

Well, there you have them—the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Learn them, take them to
heart, and apply them to your life. If you follow them, people will follow you.

I’ve been teaching leadership for two and a half decades now, and during those years I’ve
told the people I’ve trained something that I’m now going to say to you: Everything rises and
falls on leadership. Most people don’t believe me when I say that, but it’s true. The more you try
to do in life, the more you will find that leadership makes the difference. Any endeavor you can
undertake that involves other people will live or die depending on leadership. As you work to
build your organization, remember this:

• Personnel determine the potential of the organization.
• Relationships determine the morale of the organization.
• Structure determines the size of the organization.
• Vision determines the direction of the organization.
• Leadership determines the success of the organization.

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I wish you success. Pursue your dreams. Desire excellence. Become the person you were
created you to become. And accomplish all that you were put on this earth to do. Leadership will
help you to do that. Learn to lead—not just for yourself, but for the people who follow behind
you. And as you reach the highest levels, don’t forget to take others with you to be the leaders of
tomorrow.

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1Maxwell, John C., The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson
Publishers) 1999.

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