Raising the Lid of Leadership Ability

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Last week I was in Nashville addressing Leadership Tennessee. I just naturally assumed that Leadership Tennessee was much like Leadership Oklahoma. Imagine my surprise when I checked out their Web site and discovered this was focused totally on women and leadership.

The group focuses on leadership skills of course, but also corporate leadership, government leadership, social leadership and the how-tos of life as a whole.

The women involved ranged in age from late 20's to 60's and in a variety of different careers and businesses. One of their Bibles, so to speak, is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and Leadership 101 by John C. Maxwell. Leadership 101 is a series of four books that gives the "short course" on what it takes to become a real success.

Maxwell explains the Law of the Lid because it helps people understand the value of leadership. Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person's level of effectiveness. The lower an individual's ability to lead, the lower the lid on his potential. The higher the leadership, the greater the effectiveness.

For an example, if your leadership rates an eight, then your effectiveness can never be greater than a seven. If your leadership is only a four, then your effectiveness will be no higher than a three. Your leadership ability -- for better or for worse -- always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.

By raising your leadership ability -- without increasing your success dedication at all -- you can increase your original effectiveness by 500 percent. If you were to raise your leadership to eight, where it matched your success dedication, you would increase your effectiveness by 700 percent. Leadership has a multiplying effect.

John Maxwell says if you want to change the direction of the organization, change the leader. Leadership ability is always the lid on personal and organizational effectiveness. If the leadership is strong, the lid is high. But if it's not, then the organization is limited. …