The Law of Respect

Are you a leader your followers respect?

George-BushGreetings!  If you have been following along with me the last few posts, then you know I have been diving into a great book called, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” Today I would like to talk about the Law of Respect. The sub title for this chapter says, “People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves.” Simply put, it is hard to get someone with more leadership ability than you have to follow you. Leaders follow leaders that are further down the leadership path than themselves.

Let’s say that when it comes to leadership, on a scale of 1 – 10, you fall in around a 5. That means that you will mostly likely not get someone who is an 8 in leadership to follow you. You can get leaders at the 2 and 3 level to follow you.  How do you know where you stand? Let’s say you and 20 other people you don’t know are in a room. As people mingle with one another, the leaders always seem to stand out and attract more people over to them. They have the ability to cast vision on where they are going and people just want to follow them. If you are in that room, are people drawn toward you, or are they being drawn to another person?

This is an area I have always been lacking. I never wanted to be the center of attention. I was fine just being average and doing what other people did and just following along with the masses. If they went somewhere I did not want to go, I would be happy leaving the group and going to do my own thing. But when it came to people being attracted to me, that was never the case. I never saw myself as a leader that followed the law of respect.

When it comes to being a leader, there are those that seem to have the natural ability.  Then there are those like me, who spend their entire life studying, learning, and becoming one.   Either way, knowing this law and applying it to your leadership will get you there faster because those that follow you will respect you. People will need to respect you before they will follow you. I love this quote found on page 79:

When people respect you as a person, they admire you.

When they respect you as a friend, they love you.

When they respect you as a leader, they follow you.

How does this law apply to my life? As mentioned earlier, this is an area I need to develop. I’m in the network marketing industry, and in this industry we have to build and grow our teams. To grow our teams, we as leaders need to grow also. Remember the law of the lid? Well I don’t want my lack of leadership to be the lid on how big my teams grow. I have heard from too many other people that their teams outgrew their level of leadership and fell apart because they were not ready to lead that many people. Becoming a leader and leading thousands of others is where I’m headed, and I know it starts with working on those areas I lack.

Where do you stand when it comes to the law of respect? Do others respect you and follow you willingly? If they weren’t getting paid, would they still follow you? If you are lacking in this area, take time to reflect and find out what areas in your life you can start working on today to be able to start gaining the respect of your peers, and becoming a leader who can cast vision and get others to buy into that vision and follow you to the ends of the Earth.


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