The Law of Magnetism

The ninth law of the The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is The Law of Magnetism:

“Who You Are Is Who You Attract”

Effective leaders are always on the lookout for good people. They carry around a mental list of what kind of people they would like to have in their organization. However, whom you attract is not determined by what you want, but by who you are. You must have the same qualities as the people you’re seeking. That’s the law of magnetism: People are drawn to those who share qualities with them.

People like you will seek you out. Of course, it is possible for a leader to go out and recruit people unlike himself. Good leaders know that one secret to success is to staff their weaknesses. That way they can focus and function in their areas of strength while others take care of the important matters that would otherwise be neglected. But it’s crucial to recognize that people who are different will not naturally be attracted to you. Leaders draw people who are like themselves.

How do the people you are currently attracting to your organization or department look to you? Are they the strong, capable potential leaders you desire? Or could they be better? Remember, their quality does not ultimately depend on a hiring process, a human resources department, or even what you consider to be the quality of your area’s applicant pool. It depends on you. Who you are is who you attract. That is the Law of Magnetism

Summing-up: In most situations, you draw people to you who possess the same qualities you do. Who you are is who you attract. If you want to attract better people, become the kind of person you desire to attract.

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