The Law of Sacrifice

The eighteenth law of the The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is The Law of Sacrifice:

“A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up”

In management, there’s very little wiggle room. If you want a management job, then you have to accept the responsibility and accountability that goes with it. Sacrifice is a constant in leadership. It is an ongoing process, not a one-time payment. This is the cost of leadership.

If leaders have to give up to go up, then they have to give up even more to stay up. Have you ever considered how infrequently teams have back-to-back championship seasons? The reason is simple: If a leader can take a team to the championship game and win it, he often assumes he can duplicate the results the next year without making changes. He becomes reluctant to make additional sacrifices in the off-season. But what gets a team to the top isn’t what keeps it there. The only way to stay up is to give up even more. Leadership success requires continual change, improvement, and sacrifice.

What successful people find to be true becomes even clearer to them when they become leaders. There is no success without sacrifice. The higher the level of leadership you want to reach, the greater the sacrifices you will have to make. To go up, you have to give up. That is the true nature of leadership. That is the Law of Sacrifice.

Summing-up: For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something. The Law of Sacrifice is about discipline. Everything has a price. Are you willing to pay it to get what you want?

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