Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less!
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12)
Jesus is the ultimate leader. As He claimed, He is the light of the world. If you are being salt and light as Jesus commanded, then you have begun to obey God’s call to leadership.
Dr. John C. Maxwell says that one of the most important lessons that he teaches is the “Law of the Lid,” the first law of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. The Law of the Lid states that “Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness.” This is a key when working with others. Greater than resources, talent, money, or intelligence, leadership makes the difference when it comes to making an impact.
Today I am starting something new – doing weekly series on particular topics. This week’s theme is”21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” Each Monday, there will be a general introduction, followed by more elaboration on Tuesday-Friday. The devotionals on Saturdays will be dedicated to sharing personal testimonies. Sunday devotionals will be focused on prayer.
After adding the Link of the Day for August 5 titled “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” the Holy Spirit prompted me to find and read the book I had stashed away titled “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Tested by Time: Those Who Followed Them– And Those Who Didn’t.” I thought this book was written by Dr. John Maxwell, but it turns out it was written by James L. Garlow, Dr. Maxwell’s successor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego. This past week, I read about 100 pages of this book and it immediately impacted my leadership. I plan to finish the remaining 200 pages later this week.
In the foreword to Garlow’s book, John Maxwell states: “If you enjoyed my book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership you will love this book. This book takes the 21 Laws to the next level and shows you practically how these laws have worked in the lives of those who have followed them and how leaders have failed because they ignored them.”
Do you want to take your leadership skills to a higher level?
Are you willing to invest the time to read James Garlow’s book?
Father, You say “These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace.” (Zechariah 8:16). It is my desire to obey You by speaking truth to my neighbors and giving judgment at my gates for truth, justice, and peace. Guide me to do that. LORD, there are two ways to gain wisdom – mistakes and mentors. I choose the latter. Help me to learn what to do and not to do from famous leaders discussed in the book “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Tested by Time.” In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Link of the Day
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Tested by Time: Those Who Followed Them – And Those Who Didn’t – by James L. Garlow
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