John C. Maxwell’s 5th law of irrefutable leadership, The Law of Addition, states that the bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others.
Adding Value, Changing Lives
Maxwell’s four guidelines for adding value to others:
- Truly Value Others – effective leaders go beyond not harming others, they intentionally help others. They must value people and demonstrate they care in such a way that their followers know it.
- Make Yourself More Valuable To Others – the more intentionally you have been in growing personally, the more you have to offer your followers.
- Know and Relate to What Others Value – this can only come by listening to your people’s stories, their hopes and dreams. Learn what is valuable to them and then lead based on what you’ve learned.
- Do Things That God Values – God desires us not only to treat people with respect, but also to actively reach out to them and serve them.
The attitude of the leader affects the team’s culture and behaviour. The act of adding value by serving others will make you a better leader. If you are a better leader your team will achieve more, be more loyal and have fun delivering the goods.
Rotary International’s motto is “Service above Self.” Through the leadership of Rotarians throughout the world they have almost eradicated Polio, helped millions of starving and disadvantaged people and made the world a better place. That is the power of the Law of Addition.
What are you adding?
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