People don’t follow others by accident

People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves according to John C. Maxwell’s 7th Irrefutable Law of Leadership; The Law of Respect.

According to Maxwell:

“People who are an 8 in leadership don’t look for a 6 to follow – they naturally follow a 9 or 10. The less skilled follow the more highly skilled and gifted.

 Occasionally, a strong leader may choose to follow someone weaker than himself. But when that happens, it’s for a reason. For example, the stronger leader my do it out of respect for the person’s office or past accomplishments. Or he may be following the chain of command. In general though, followers are attracted to people who are better leaders than themselves.”

Top Six Ways That Leaders Gain Others’ Respect

  1. Natural Leadership Ability – if you possess it, people will want to follow you. They will become excited when you communicate vision.
  2. Respect For Others – when leaders show respect for others – especially for people who have less power or a lower position than theirs – they gain respect from others. If you continually respect others and consistently lead them well, you will continue to have followers.
  3.  Courage – Good leaders do what’s right, even at the risk of failure, in the face of great danger and under the brunt of relentless criticism. Can you think of one great leader from history who was without courage? A leader’s courage gives his followers hope.
  4. Success – When leaders succeed in leading the team to victory, then followers believe they can do it again. As a result, followers follow them because they want to be part of success in the future.
  5. Loyalty – When leaders stick with the team until the job is done and look out for their followers best interests even when it hurts them personally, followers will in turn learn to respect them.
  6. Value Added to Others – Followers value leaders who add value to them and their respect for them carries on long after the relationship has ended.

How do you gain respect from those around you?

This is the 7th article in a series of 21. Previous articles can be found here:

  1. The Law of the Lid: How effective are you as a leader?
  2. The Law of Influence: The True Measure of Leadership
  3. The Law of Process: Leadership is a Journey of Continuous Improvement
  4. The Law of Navigation: Anyone can Steer the Ship…
  5. The Law of Addition: Adding Value by Serving Others
  6. The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the Foundation of Leadership

About Peter Borner

Peter is an entrepreneur and successful business leader. Currently leading a consultancy firm specialising in technical diligence for M&A and advising global firms on IT consolidation and migration to consumption based costing through the use of Cloud Technologies.

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