A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up

The Law of Sacrifice; John C. Maxwell’s 18th of 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership states that you need to be willing to make sacrifices in order to become a true leader.

Maxwell posits that as you rise in leadership your responsibilities increase and rights decrease. This is, as he describes it, the true cost of leadership. He states that if you are to lead well then there are four things you need to know about the Law of Sacrifice:

  1. There Is No Success Without Sacrifice – Every person who has achieved any success in life has made sacrifices to do so. Effective leaders sacrifice much that is good in order to dedicate themselves to what is best.
  2. Leaders Are Often Asked to Give Up More Than Others – The heart of leadership to putting others ahead of yourself. It’s doing what is best for the team. For that reason, leaders have to give up their rights. The cost of leadership: Leaders must be willing to give up more than the people they lead. Leadership means sacrifice.
  3. You Must Keep Giving Up to Stay Up – Leadership success requires continual change, constant improvement, and on-going sacrifice.
  4. The Higher the Level of Leadership, the Greater the Sacrifice – The higher you go, the more it’s going to cost you. And it doesn’t matter what kind of leadership career you pick. You will have to make sacrifices. You will have to give up to go up.

What sacrifices have you made as a leader?

What sacrifices do you envision having to make in the future?

Is it all worth it?

This is the 18th 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
  14. The Law of Buy-In: Buying into the Leader comes before buying into the vision
  15. The Law of Victory: Finding a Way to Win
  16. The Law of the Big Mo: Success comes from Momentum
  17. The Law of Priorities: Activity is Not Necessarily Accomplishment

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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