According to John C. Maxwell’s 16th Irrefutable Law of Leadership – The Law of the Big Mo – When you have no momentum, even the simplest tasks seem impossible. Even if you are full of passion and you are fully equipped with the right people and the right tools, if you can’t get the ball rolling, you are dead in the water as a leader!
Maxwell’s truths about momentum:
- Momentum is the Great Exaggerator – momentum is like a magnifying glass; it makes things look bigger than they really are. Because momentum has such a great impact, leaders try to control it. When you have momentum, you don’t worry about small problems and many larger ones seem to work themselves out.
- Momentum Makes Leaders Look Better Than They Are – When leaders have momentum on their side, people forget about their past mistakes. Once a leader creates some success for his organization, people give him more credit than he deserves. Momentum exaggerates a leader’s success and makes him look better than he really is.
- Momentum Helps Followers Perform Better Than They Are – When momentum is strong, people are motivated to perform at higher levels, making all participants more successful than they would be otherwise.
- Momentum Is Easier to Steer Than to Start – Getting started is a struggle, but once you’re moving forward, you can really start to do some amazing things.
- Momentum Is the Most Powerful Change Agent – Given enough momentum, nearly any kind of change is possible in an organization. Followers trust leaders with a proven track record. They accept changes from people when they have led them to victory before. Momentum puts victory within reach.
- Momentum is the Leader’s Responsibility – It takes a leader to create momentum. Followers can catch it. But creating momentum requires someone who has vision, can assemble a good team, and motivates others. If the leader is waiting for the organization to develop momentum on its own, then the organization is in trouble.
- Momentum Begins Inside the Leader – It starts with vision, passion, and enthusiasm. The leader most model those qualities to his people day in and day out, which will attract like-minded people to his team. Once you see forward progress, you will begin to generate momentum. Once you have it, you can do almost anything. That’s the power of the Big Mo.
Do you have trouble getting the ball rolling?
Once you have built up a head of steam, does the momentum carry you forward to success?
This is the 16th article in a series of 21. Previous articles can be found here:
- The Law of the Lid: How effective are you as a leader?
- The Law of Influence: The True Measure of Leadership
- The Law of Process: Leadership is a Journey of Continuous Improvement
- The Law of Navigation: Anyone can Steer the Ship…
- The Law of Addition: Adding Value by Serving Others
- The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the Foundation of Leadership
- The Law of Respect: People Don’t Follow Others by Accident
- The Law of Intuition: Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias
- The Law of Magnetism: Who You Are, Is Who You Attract
- The Law of Connection: Leaders that Care Make Connections
- The Law of The Inner Circle: Leaders Cannot Succeed Alone
- The Law of Empowerment: Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others
- The Law of the Picture: Set the Right Example
- The Law of Buy-In: Buying into the Leader comes before buying into the vision
- The Law of Victory: Finding a Way to Win