Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thoughts on Leadership, Navigation, Communication and Learning

This morning, I have been rereading a book written by John Maxwell called The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow them and People Will Follow You, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1998. In this book are two of my favorite laws of leadership.

The first is called “The Law of Navigation,” namely “Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.” With a web site called, I think his point is excellent. As he explains, navigators draw on past experience, listen to what others have to say, examine the conditions before making commitments, and make sure their conclusions represent faith and fact. Right now, we need more leaders who can effectively navigate the seas of change.

The second is called “The Law of E.F. Hutton,” namely “When real leaders speak, people listen.” This is so true and so important. As Maxwell explains, positional leaders often speak first, need the influence of the real leader to get things done, and only influence other positional leaders. On the other hand, real leaders speak later, need only their own influence to get things done, and influence everyone in the room. Maxwell explores the difference between positional leadership and real leadership in the above book, pointing out that people become real leaders because of character - who they are, relationships - who they know, knowledge - what they know, intuition - what they feel, experience - where they've been, past success - what they've done, and ability - what they can do.

When we recognize the need to have more key people who can better navigate and influence effectively this year, then now is the time to sign up people with potential for the 2012 From Vision to Action Leadership Training. This in-depth, year long training course encompasses four quarterly sessions and helps participants gain valuable skills, knowledge and perspective about leadership, strategic planning and execution, and implementing organizational change. For more information about how to register for this training, including cost, dates and location, please click on the following link:

Finding direction and clarity in the midst of change is vital during 2012. I hope you will join me in learning more about leadership by participating in the 2012 From Vision to Action Leadership Training.

Geery Howe, M.A.Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer inLeadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational ChangeMorning Star Associates319 - 643 - 2257

1 comment:

  1. Very nice thoughts on leadership, navigation, communication and learning. I like this post many thanks for sharing this experience with us.
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