SA Leadership Podcast Episode #157

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership


The Law of Connection

Leaders Touch A Heart Before They Ask For A Hand

You cannot move people to action unless you first move them with emotion. The heart comes before the head. The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will want to help the leader. As a leader you develop credibility with people when you connect wit them and show that you genuinely care and want to help them. Here are eight guidelines in effectively connecting with people.

1.Connect With Yourself – You must know who you are and have confidence in yourself if you desire to connect with others

2.Communicate With Openness and Sincerity – Legendary NFL coach Bill Walsh observed, “Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.”

3.Know Your Audience – When working with individuals, knowing your audience leans learning their names, know their history, and know their hopes and dreams.

4.Live Your Message – The most important thing that you can do as a leader is to live out the message that you speak. This is where credibility comes from.

5.Go To Where They Are – Get out from behind the desk as often as you can and connect with people without a barrier between you and your audience.

6.Focus On Others, Not Yourself – Focusing on others instead of yourself is the number #1 problem of inexperienced leaders.

7.Believe In Others – It is one thing to communicate with others because you believe you have something to say. It is another matter to communicate with people because you believe they have value.

8.Offer Direction and Hope – People simply expect leaders to help them get to where they want to go.

The Law of The Inner Circle

A Leader’s Potential Is Determined by Those Closest to Him

Perhaps Mother Teresa said it best, “You can do what I cannot do and I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” Who are you attracting to your inner circle? Here are five insights on selecting inner circle members.

1.Do They They Have High Influence With Others? You want someone on your team that will have the ability to influence other people

2.Do They Bring A Complimentary Gift To The Table? Bring people into your inner circle that compliment your weaknesses.

3.Do They Hold A Strategic Position Within The Organization? Some people belong in your inner circle because of their strategic importance. These people do for you what would otherwise take twice as long for you to do. You become the Lid in your organization without them.

4.Do They Add Value To Me and The Organization? Previously we discussed the Law of Addition and how people either add, subtract, multiply or divide. The people in your inner circle must be multipliers. They should have a proven track record as an asset to the organization.

5.So They Positively Impact Other Inner Circle Members? Obviously you desire a good fit. But most of all you want your inner members to make each other better.

The Law of Empowerment

Only Secure Leaders Give Power To Others

Theodore Roosevelt once stated, “The best executive is the one who has the sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

Leading well is not about enriching yourself – it is about empowering others! Only empowered people can reach their potential. When a leader can’t or want empower others, he is creating a barrier. Here are three significant barriers.

The Fear of Losing What We Have – We foolishly say at times, what if I work myself out of a job? The opposite is more true – if you keep raising up leaders and empowering them, you will develop a pattern of achievement.

Resistance To Change – John Steinbeck once wrote, “It is the nature of a man as he grows older to protest against change, particularly change for the better.”

Lack of Self Worth – Self-conscious people are rarely good leaders because they focus on themselves and what others think.

Admiral Stockdale declared, “Leadership must be based on goodwill….It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping others….What we need for leaders are individuals of heart who are so helpful they do away with the need of a job. Leaders like this are never without a job and never out of followers. Leaders gain authority by giving it away!


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Success Formula

Chase 2 Rabbits - Catch None

Matt McCall, a successful Venture Capitalist suggests an interesting success formula. Here it is:


80 = 80%

80 x 80 = 64%

80 x 80 x 80 = 50+%

  • If you’re going after one thing, you have, roughly an 80% chance of success.
  • Try to do two things and you have an 80% x 80% likelihood of success. A 64% chance of success
  • Add a THIRD thing to the mix and your success math is 80% x 80% x 80%. Just over 50%.

Gary Keller, in his book, The ONE Thing: The Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, says the same thing slightly different. He states that, “Going small is ignoring all of the things that you could do and doing what you should do. It is recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter the most. It is a tighter way of connecting what you do with what you want. It is recognizing that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.” In other words the way to get the most out of your work and life is to go as small as possible.

Most people think the opposite, believing that bigger is better. In Indiana the mantra is “Go Big or Go Home!” Perhaps Hoosiers need to step back and re-learn some life lessons. In thinking that bigger is better we end up with crowded To-DO-LISTS, quickly becoming over-worked and over-loaded. We remain clueless that big success actually means going smaller. Over time expectations are lowered and we aim for less which in turn increases the probability of abandoning our dream all together.

If you desire that your achievements should add up, then you must start subtracting things out of your life! When you go as small as possible, you will be starting at one thing – that is the point! Here are some questions that demand answers:

How do I want to spend my days?

What should my One Thing be?

Why do I want my One Thing?

How will I achieve my One Thing?

Do I possess the will to win?

Do I give up to soon?

Can I adapt and shift in today’s time?

Can I change bad habits?

No Limits (New York: Center Street, 2017)

This book is the result of a two-hour table conversation in which all individuals acknowledged they had never read a book about Potential. From that conversation John Maxwell became motivated to write on this topic in his book, No Limits, Blow The Cap Off Your Capacity. The book is set within three parts;

  1. Awareness: Remove The Caps From Your Capacity
  2. Ability – Develop The Capacities You Already Possess
  3. Choices – Do The Things That Maximize Your Capacity

The ability to reach your fullest potential begins with a journey of AWARENESS! In this opening chapter the formula for reaching your potential is expressed; AWARENESS + ABILITY + CHOICES = CAPACITY! If you grow in your awareness, develop your abilities, and make the right choices, you can reach your capacity.

Blowing the cap off of your capacity is not about some special endowment of knowledge and expertise. It is more about who you are as a created person using your natural gifts- energy, emotional, thinking, relationships, creativity, production, and leading others.

There are ten capacities that are unique to every person. Again, the genius of this material is about utilizing our natural abilities and endowments. Responsibility, Character, Discipline, Attitude, and Spiritual capacity to name just a few. Every person is a person without limits!

It has been said that tough times do not last, but tough people do! In a radio conversation John Maxwell was asked, “How have you kept your passion hot and your energy up for forty-five years? His response was amazing; “I value people. I believe people can improve their lives. I am improving mine so I can give more. I know how to help people improve their lives. I see results in the many people I have helped.” If you are aware of yourself and your ability to improve, if you develop the abilities you already possess, and if you make the everyday choices that help you improve, you will reach your capacity.

SA Leadership Podcast Episode #156

The Laws of Respect, Intuition, and Magnetism


The Law of Respect

People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves

The more leadership ability a person has, the more quickly he recognizes leadership or the lack in others. Here are six ways that a leader can gain respect.

Natural Leadership Ability – Some people are born with greater leadership ability. All leaders are not created equally. If you possess a natural ability as a leader people will want to follow you. Be careful to not rely on talent alone!

Respect For Others – Dictators and autocratic leaders rely on violence and intimidation to get people to follow. When leaders take the time to show respect for others of lesser positions than their, people will respect and honor you. When people respect you as a person they will admire you. When they respect you as a friend they love you. When they respect you as a leader they will follow you.

Courage – “A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing to occasionally stand alone” – Henry Kissinger. Great leaders do what’s right, even at the risk of failure, in the face of great danger and under the brunt of relentless criticism.

Success – Success is attractive. People are naturally drown to it. People naturally desire to be on winning teams!

Loyalty – We live in an era of free agency. The average worker will change jobs ten times before age 65. In an age of constant turnover and transition, loyalty is an asset.

Value Added To Others – Perhaps the greatest manner in which respect is earned – add value to people’s lives.

The Law of Intuition

Leaders Evaluate Everything With A Leadership Bias

Leaders look at everything differently than others do. They evaluate everything according to a leadership bias. They possess leadership intuition that informs everything they do. It is an inseparable part of who they are. People are intuitive in the area of their strengths. Consider these five aspects of intuition…

Leaders are readers of….

Their Situation – in all kinds of situations , leaders pick up on details that elude others. They tune in to leadership dynamics. You pick up on office chemistry faster than others.

Trends – Most people are focused on their work. Leaders spot trends before they happen. This keeps them ahead of others in planning and vision casting.

Their Resources – Leaders who want to succeed maximize every asset and resource they have for the benefit of their organization.

People – Reading people is perhaps the most intuitive skill of a leader. They sense what is happening in the room.

Themselves – Poet James Lowell stated, “No one can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.”

The Law of Magnetism

Who You Are Is Who You Attract

What you want in leadership is not determined by your desire, but rather who you are. If you have ever recruited staff of built a team, you probably have noticed there are common areas of interests. Notice these key areas.


Most organizations reflect the characteristics of key leaders, including their age.


Rarely have I ever seen a positive and negative people attracted to the same person.


People attract and are attracted to others with similar backgrounds. The law of natural magnetism is so strong that organizations that value diversity have to fight against it.


People are attracted to other people with similar values. You will not stay in an environment where you values are not aligned with the organization.


Rarely do you see a high energy and low energy person in a successful work relationship.


People do not look for mediocre people to follow after. People are attracted to talent and excellence.

Leadership Ability

People are naturally attracted to other leaders who skill set is similar to their own.


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5 Keys To Becoming A Person of Action

5 Keys to Becoming A Person of Action

Am I a person of Action?

Col Chamberlain – “My future is immediate I will capture it and carry it with running feet.”

Hesitation will never get you answers – John Maxwell – Only action will get you miracles!!
There is a point that you must move from action and intuition to moving out from answers with experience and intuition. You cannot always know the plan.

5 Keys to Action

1. Overcome Your Fears – fear paralysis’s action. Fear of failure keeps us from action – put the ask out there. What is the source of the fear? Take Action – Once you have identified your fear, you must act. Fear is the single greatest lid on activity. Failure is not final.
2. Prepare to make quick decisions – Calvin Coolidge stated that we cannot do everything at once, but buy God we can all act on something at once. Changing the world begins with a single act. Good preparation when it is aligned with who we are will pay off one day! When opportunity comes it is too late to prepare – Coach Wooden
3. Have a growth plan and work your growth plan – When you action steps are aligned with intentionality to your life plan – miracles will occur. Growth’s highest reward is not what you get from it, it is who you become through it. End of construction – thanks for your patience – Ruth Graham’s headstone.
4. Become an early riser – Mark Cole’s mother stated that something was wrong with her because she had to take a nap this morning even thought she slept 3 hours. I must be getting old! Thomas Jefferson stated “whether I go to bed early or late, I will arise with the sun! Action defines who you are!” “Determine to never be idle – it is amazing what can be accomplished when we are in action” T. Jefferson. The harder I work and the harder I work the more luck I have – T Jefferson. John Maxwell – Think until you think through!
5. Capitalize on your strengths – we all excel at something, leverage that to advance your dreams. Answers will become the by-product of movement.

SA Leadership Podcast Episode #155

The Law of Navigation, Addition, and Solid Ground


The Law of Navigation

Anyone Steer the Ship, but it Takes a Leader to Chart The Course

Consider these four insights on becoming a Navigator

Navigators See The Trip Ahead

Former CEO of GE, Jack Welch stated, “A good leader remains focused….Controlling your direction is better than being controlled by it.” Leroy Eims would would say it this way, “A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and see before others do.”

Navigators Draw on Past Experience

Every past success and failure you’ve experienced can be a valuable source of information and wisdom. Successes teach you what you are capable of doing and gives you confidence. However, your failures teach you a greater lesson in life. They reveal wrong assumptions, character flaws, errors in judgment and they teach you poor work habits. Many people cover up their failures without ever learning anything from them. It is important to develop the discipline of REFLECTIVE THINKING!

  • Gives you true perspective
  • Gives you emotional integrity to your thought life
  • Increases your confidence in decision making
  • Clarifies the big picture
  • Takes a good experience and makes it a valuable experience

Navigators Examine the Conditions Before Making Commitments

Drawing on experience means looking inward. Examining conditions means looking outward. The cost is evaluated before decisions are made. This means that inventory is made of finances, resources, and talent along with the intangibles such as timing, morale, momentum, and culture.

Navigators Listen To What Others Have To Say

No matter how much you have learned form the past, it will never tell you all that you need to know for the present. No matter how good the leader you are, you yourself will not have all of the answers. This is why that top leaders gather information from many sources, starting with their own team.

The Law of Addition

Leaders Add Value by Serving Others

The bottom line in leadership is not how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others! The key question here is; “Are you making things better for the people who follow you. Consider that 90% of all people who add value to others do so intentionally. By nature we are self-centered. Consider these four (4) insights on adding value to others.

We Add Value to Others When We Truly Value Others

Former chairman of Hyatt Hotels, Darryl Hartley Leonard stated, “When a person moves into a position of authority, they give up the right to abuse other people.”

We Add Value To Others When We Make Ourselves More Valuable To Others

The whole idea of adding value to other people depends on the idea that you have something of value to add. You cannot give what you do not possess. What is your personal growth plan for this year? If you can’t articulate it on paper, you are only day-dreaming.

We Add Value To People When We Know and Relate To What Others Value

Inexperienced leaders are quick to lead before knowing anything about the people they intend to lead. But mature leaders listen, learn, and then lead. Learn to lead based upon what you learn about the people you are asking to follow you.

We add Value To Others When We Do Things That God Values

I believe that God desires that we not only treat people with respect, but also actively reach out to them and serve them. The standard of our conduct influences everything that we do, especially our leadership.

The Law of Solid Ground

Trust Is The Foundation of Leadership

How important is trust to a leader? It is the most important thing. To build trust a leader must exhibit competence, connection, and character. Character is what makes trust possible. Trust is what makes leadership possible. Consider the following three insights on character.

Character Communicates Consistency

Leaders without inner strength can’t be counted on day after day because of their ability to perform changes constantly.

Character Communicates Potential

It was said once that “No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character. Poor character is like a ticking bomb. It is only a matter of time before it blows up a person’s ability to perform and the capacity to lead.

Character Communicates Respect

How do leaders earn respect? By making sound decisions, by admitting their mistakes, and by putting what it best for their followers and the organization ahead of their personal agendas.

The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of a man – J.R. Miller


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Becoming A Person of Influence (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2006)

Increase your impact on others by Becoming a Person of Influence.Learn simple, insightful ways to interact more positively with others, and watch your personal and organizational success go off the charts. Managers will see their employees respond with new enthusiasm. Parents will connect with their children on a deeper level. Coaches will see players blossom. Pastors will reach more people. Salespeople will break records. Authors John Maxwell and Jim Dornan have spent most of their lives raising up influencers. With humor, heart, and unique insight, they share what they’ve gleaned from decades of experience in both business and nonprofit arenas. Their insights are practical and easy to apply to everyday life. Whether your desire is to build a business, strengthen your children, or reach the world, you can achieve it by raising your level of influence in the lives of others.

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #154

The Law of The Lid, Influence, and Process



Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid of potential. The higher the individual’s ability to lead, the higher the lid on his potential.

I believe that success is within the reach of just about everyone. But I also believe that personal success without leadership ability brings limited effectiveness. Without leadership ability, a person’s impact is only a fraction of what it could be with good leadership. The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be.

Leadership ability is always the lid on personal and organizational effectiveness. Personal and organizational effectiveness is proportionate to the strength of the leader. Things you can do to raise your lid

1. Value experience with reflection

2. Invest in training

3. Mentorship/Coaching

4. Mastermind/Focus

5. Do something beyond yourself

6. Reflect on who has been a lid lifter in your life. What characteristics make them a lid lifter?

7. Make a “STOP DOING” list

The Law of Influence

The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence – Nothing More, Nothing Less. If you do not have influence you will never be able to lead others. True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from influence and that cannot be mandated. It must be earned. The only thing that a title can do it to buy a little time. Either to increase your level of influence with others or to undermine it. I want to offer seven (7) factors that comprise effective leaders.

Character – True leadership always begins with the inner person.

Relationships – You are a leader only if you have followers, and that requires that you develop relationships.

Knowledge – You must grasp the facts, understand the dynamic factors and a timing, and a vision for the future.

Intuition – Leaders seek to recognize and influence intangibles such as energy, morale, timing, and momentum.

Experience – Experience doesn’t guarantee credibility, but it encourages people to give you a chance to prove that you are capable.

Past Success – Nothing speaks to followers like a good track record.

Ability – The bottom line for followers is what a leader is capable of.

Psychologist Harry Ovestreet observed that the very essence of all power to influence lies in getting the other person to participate.

The Law of Process

Leadership Develops Daily, Not In A Day

In a study of ninety top leaders, Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus discovered a relationship between growth and leadership. They wrote, “It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers.” Simply stated, leaders are learners. The learning process is ongoing as a result of self-discipline and perseverance. The key problem is that most people overestimate the importance of events and underestimate the power of the process. We live in an era of instant gratification. Here is a five (5) phase process of leadership growth.

  1. I Don’t Know What i Don’t Know – As long as a person doesn’t know what he doesn’t know he isn’t going to grow.
  2. I Know That I Need to Know – Benjamin Disraeli stated, “To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.
  3. I Know What I Don’t Know – The million dollar question is, “Can you put in writing your personal growth plan?”
  4. I Know and Grow, and It Starts To Show – When you begin daily discipline of personal growth, exciting things start to happen. It has been said that the secret of success in life is for a person to be ready for their time when it comes.
  5. I Simply Go Because of What I Know – It during this phase that your leading becomes almost automatic. You must be willing to pay the process of daily preparation for this to become reflexive.



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Leaders Made Here (Oakland: Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc, 2017)

As the Executive Trainer for Chick-fil-A, Mark Miller tells us about some amazing leadership principles set within a story about a new CEO named Blake and Charles, an old trusted friend who attempt to create a strong leadership bench. You are grabbed at the outset by statements that all leaders S.E.R.V.E.;

See The Future

Engage and Develop Others

Reinvent Continuously

Value Results and Relationships

Embody the Values

The essence of the book is about establishing a Leadership Culture. In order for this to occur there must be an agreement on certain key ideas:

  • There must be an agreement on what leadership means
  • Offer varied instructional methods of equipping others
  • Realize the power of opportunity – allow people to lead early and often
  • Establish metrics that matters
  • Leaders must walk the talk

What is at stake if you chose to not follow through on the basics just mentioned? Consider that a majority of organizational leaders cannot articulate and agreed upon definition of what leadership is. Only a very small percentage of current leaders have attended a training program in the last 24 months. One-third of emerging leaders have confidence their organization is on track to make a difference in leadership development. Fewer leaders are even involved in an ongoing coaching relationship to improve themselves. Fewer leaders that are transitioning have confidence in their successors.

If there is to be a strong bench of quality leaders, a quality culture must be created and implemented.