The Law of the Lid

The first law of the The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is The Law of the Lid:

“Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of Effectiveness”

Your leadership ability—for better or for worse—always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization. To give you an example, if your leadership rates an 8, then your effectiveness can never be greater than a 7. If your leadership is only a 4, then your effectiveness will be no higher than a 3.

Leadership ability is always the lid on personal and organisational effectiveness. Whatever you want to accomplish is restricted by your leadership ability. Wherever you look, you can find smart, talented, successful people who are able to go only so far because of the limitations of their leadership.

For example, when Apple got started in the late 1970s, Steve Wozniak was the brains behind the Apple com puter. His leadership lid was low, but that was not the case for his partner, Steve Jobs. His lid was so high that he built a world-class organization and gave it a nine-digit value. That’s the impact of The Law of the Lid.

Everyone is born with lids; the issue is not do you have lids but what are you going to do about them. Some of the lids that leaders can face are: fear, impatience, denial, impulsiveness, deceit, jealously, anger, confidence, lack of knowledge, lack of understanding, people’s perception of them, …; The leader must first lift his lids before he can grow the organization.

To reach the highest level of effectiveness, you have to raise the lid on your leadership ability.

Summing-up: 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.

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