One of the most practical literature on the subject of leadership is Maxwell’s leadership philosophies.

John’s teachings have significantly impacted me along with countless of other throughout the globe. I’m privileged to be trained and certified as a coach and trainer and hold the honour of teaching and training his material, in five countries (I’d be happy to offer you and your team some training, please find details below?).

I’d like to take you on a brief journey on the 21 Laws of Leadership. Stephen Covey has defined it as, ‘The manifesto of his (Maxwell’s) teaching and life.”

These 21 laws, based on Maxwell’s book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” John conclusively defines leadership, uniquely augments compelling principles on how anyone can become a leader of influence.

John asserts that the more of the laws you master, the better leader you can become.

Part 1 of 21: The Law of the Lid


The Law of the Lid: Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness.

~ John C. Maxwell


Basically, this law states, that a leaders ‘ability’ to lead determines his overall effectiveness as a Leader. Think about the function of a lid. Reflect on how it; confines, caps, contains, limits. Every leader has a leadership lid. The lower your ability to lead, the lower the lid on your potential. The higher your ability to lead, the higher the lid on your potential.

Think about the function of a lid of a pot. Reflect on how it; confines, caps, contains, limits. Every leader has a leadership lid. The lower your lid the lower your is your ability to lead.  The higher your lid, the higher is your ability to lead.


Regardless of the potential of the product or service, you offer as a business, ultimately it is the leader who determines the potential impact on the organisation.


  • The greater impact you want to make, the higher your lid needs to be.
  • Personal and organisational potential is capped or uncapped by the capacity of the leadership.

If your leadership lid measures at a 7. You will never have anyone, with a higher lid, at an 8 or 9 follow you. If a leader’s followers have a higher ability to lead than their leader, you create frustration.

If your lid is at a 7, everyone below you will be a 6 or below. Success is always attracted to success.  A level 9 leader will not work for a level 3 organisation.


Your leadership capacity affects your life; it influences the potential leaders around you, but, ultimately impacts the growth, the effectiveness of your organisation.


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