The Law Of Priorities: Leading From Strength
— John C. Maxwell
In Law #17 in John Maxwell’s fabulous leadership book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, is The Law of Priorities. In this law, John talks about delegating activities to others as a way to expand as a leader. This also ties to the 12th law, The Law of Empowerment because as a leader, delegating tasks and authority to others not only frees you as a leader to be able to grow and expand and become more, it also does the same to those to whom you delegate authority. This is obviously a win-win all around and such a valuable lesson to learn and adapt.
Some leaders are reluctant to delegate and feel the need to do everything themselves as they perhaps do not think that others are up to their level. John Maxell says this on that subject:
“Leaders should get out of their comfort zone but stay in their strength zone. What’s the practical application for this? Here’s my rule of thumb. If something I’m doing can be done 80 percent as well by someone else, I delegate it.”
He goes on to say, “If you have a responsibility that someone else could do according to that standard–or that could potentially meet that standard–then develop and train a person to handle it. Just because you can do something does not mean that you should do it. Remember, leaders understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment. That’s the Law of Priorities.”
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