Buying into the Leader comes before Buying into the Vision

A leader first envisions the dream and then looks for a team to inspire but followers look for a leader to inspire them. That is how John C. Maxwell’s 14th Irrefutable Law of LeadershipThe Law of Buy-In – works.

A good example of this in action is Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” campaign. I think we can all agree that it is a highly worth cause. Looking back to the beginning of the campaign there was a slow start. However, as Rotary Leadership took hold of the campaign, more and more people bought-in to the concept and a wildly successful programme was born. Success was ensured when Bill and Melinda Gates bought-in and donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the project. Without the recognised, strong leadership of Rotary International this project would have struggled to get off the ground.

What are you doing to get people to buy-in to you as a leader?

This is the 14th 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
  7. The Law of Respect: People Don’t Follow Others by Accident
  8. The Law of Intuition: Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias
  9. The Law of Magnetism: Who You Are, Is Who You Attract
  10. The Law of Connection: Leaders that Care Make Connections
  11. The Law of The Inner Circle: Leaders Cannot Succeed Alone
  12. The Law of Empowerment: Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others
  13. The Law of the Picture: Set the Right Example

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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