1. The Law of the Lid

I’ve heard a lot of good things about “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell and now I finally get to explore them. We shall begin with The Law of the Lid.

Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. p. 1

We then learn all about the McDonald’s story and how the two McDonalds brothers got the business off to a great start but couldn’t envision the big picture. Then Ray Kroc comes along and takes the business to the moon by hiring the right people, making sacrifices, and focusing on the future.

The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be. Whatever you will accomplish is restricted by your ability to lead others. p. 5

Essentially, leadership multiplies your personal and organizational effectiveness. The key is to identify ways to improve your leadership! The most important part about reading these kinds of books is application!

1. List some of your major goals (5-10) and identify which ones will require participation by others.

  1. Host a city-wide chess tournament with predominantly students of color, at which scholarships are presented and well-known speakers are present.
  2. Establish a chess league consisting of churches, schools, organizations, and rec centers that compete on a monthly basis for prizes and opportunities.
  3. Achieve level of Regional Leader and become known as the go-to person for financial education in Columbus.
  4. Formalize Royal Oak Initiative as a national non-profit organization.
  5. Achieve rank of Chess Master by 30.

All of these will require the help of other people.

Next, I have to ask a few people to rate my leadership. I think I’ll ask a few friends, mentors, and my team. Let’s see how this goes!


About Ernest Levert Jr.

Aspiring Servant-Leader studying engineering principles, financial stewardship, business management, and psychology fundamentals in order to cultivate passionate leadership, disseminate positive energy, uplift the community and ultimately create a brighter future for generations to come.
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