[R4S] Reading For Success

reading for success book series

This is the start of a ridiculously fun series about reading for success. I hope to share insights and advice I’ve received from various business books. If you struggle to find time to read or what to read maybe this series will help.

I should begin by sharing that I love to read. In fact is one of y all time favorite things to do and I’m pretty fast. (Interested in how fast you are? You can take a very quick test here for free. If you’re curious I’ll share what my average normally is.) And thankfully I can retain most everything I read and recall it later.

I thought perhaps others would be interested in an abbreviated list of books and summaries I’ve found to be helpful as they relate to business and personal success. Please don’t think I’ve been successful with all of these or have already mastered the advice. I merely hope to share things that I find interesting or helpful.

If you have ideas or recommendations of books I should read please let me know! You can tweet me, friend me, or email me. I am always looking for good quality books on a wide variety of topics!

Ok, without any further delay, let’s jump into the first book.


The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

By John C. Maxwell


Author’s Quote

“Everything rises and falls on leadership,” says Maxwell. “These laws carry consequences with them. I’ve seen them at work in more than ninety countries around the world. Apply the laws and people will follow you. Violate or ignore them, and you will not be able to lead others. But here’s the good news: every one of the laws can be learned.”

My Synopsis

In this book John Maxwell highlights 21 principles he’s uncovered throughout his business career. He applies these principles to various situations throughout history and provides anecdotal applications based on these 21 principles. Many of them are logical and easy to understand.

Some of these “laws” you’re probably already aware of, Maxwell simply gives it a name and applies to to a particular situation to make it easier to grasp. Overall, I found this book to be an easy one to read and held some good applicable concepts which I could relate to and apply to my own business.

I highly recommend this book and have personally found many great applicable ideas. Especially when looking at the power of an open source community and examining how some of these dynamics relate to an open source situation. If you have the time you should definitely pick up a copy (ebooks are great).

Key Points

Here are the 21 laws as defined by the author. So many of these are of incredible importance and help define a strong leader.

  1. The Law of the Lid
    Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower your ability to lead, the lower the lid on your potential.
  2. The Law of Influence
    The power to influence lies in the ability to get people to participate. If no one follows then you are not leading. Management is part of being a leader, but managing is not the only requirement of a leader.
  3. The Law of Process
    This law demonstrates what matters most is what you do for the long haul. A good leader requires a lifetime of dedication and perseverance. Truly successful leaders are demonstrated in the day-to-day.
  4. The Law of Navigation
    Leaders are navigators. They count the cost before making commitments for themselves and for others. Anyone can steer. Leaders chart a course.
  5. The Law of E.F. Hutton
    When real leaders speak, people listen. Learn how a person became a leader: their background, who, what, where, when, why.
  6. The Law of Solid Ground
    Good character builds trust. Trust is the foundation of leadership. To build trust a leader must demonstrate: competence, connection and character.
  7. The Law of Respect
    People naturally follow leaders who are stronger than they are. if people do not trust you they will not respect you and they will not follow you.
  8. The Law of Intuition
    Leaders see things with a bias. Leaders instinctively know what should be done in a situation. Leadership intuition separates the great leaders from good leaders.
  9. The Law of Magnetism
    Who you are will define who you attract. People follow leaders with whom they share several key areas (e.g. attitude, generation, background, values, life experience etc…)
  10. The Law of Connection
    Strong leaders touch hearts before asking for hands. Each connection is between individuals and the relationship between them is what matters most. Six keys to connection are provided.
  11. The Law of the Inner Circle
    A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him. Look for greatness in others. Find people you should include in your inner circle.
  12. The Law of Empowerment
    Secure leaders give power to others. If a leader is able to give away power the organization becomes more powerful. Only empowered people reach their full potential.
  13. The Law of Reproduction
    Leaders are the ones which help others become leaders. Leaders develop others to see the big picture, attract other leaders, create an environment which nurtures leadership.
  14. The Law of Buy-In
    People follow worthy leaders who promote worthwhile causes. The leader and the vision always go together. A leader must have people believe in them and the vision before becoming a reality.
  15. The Law of Victory
    Leaders find ways for their team to win. There are 3 components to victory: unity of vision, diversity of skills, encourages others to reach potential.
  16. The Law of the Big Mo
    Leaders develop momentum. Leaders concentrate on what they can accomplish not what they can’t. They celebrate victories regardless of the size. Leaders endure under pressure.
  17. The Law of Priorities
    Leaders recognize the importance of organization. Leaders follow the 3 R’s when prioritizing: required, return, and reward.
  18. The Law of Sacrifice
    Leaders are willing to give up to go up. Sacrifice is the true nature of strong leaders.
  19. The Law of Timing
    Leaders understand knowing when to lead is just as important as knowing what to do and where to go. The right action at the right time is what bring success.
  20. The Law of Explosive Growth
    Explosive growth requires the ability to develop the right leaders. Leaders who develop leaders position themselves for explosive growth as compared to leaders who develop followers.
  21. The Law of Legacy
    A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession. A team of good leaders is required to succeed long-term. Always be developing your successor. A good leader knows when to walk away.