I have worked in education now for over 20 years as a teacher, principal, consultant and superintendent. It truly is one of the toughest leadership positions out there because of the need to be really good at so many things!! For example, principals need to be good at communication, relationships, instruction, politics, technology, and leadership.
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21 Irrefutable laws of LEADERSHIP: FREE TRAINING
- THE LAW OF THE LID: Leadership Ability Determines a Persons Level of Effectiveness Brothers Dick and Maurice came as close as they could to living the American Dream without making it. Instead a guy named Ray did it with the company they had founded. It happened because they didn’t know the Law of the Lid.
- THE LAW OF INFLUENCE: The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence Nothing More, Nothing Less Abraham Lincoln started with the rank of captain, but by the time the war was over, he was a private. What happened? He was a casualty of the Law of Influence.
- THE LAW OF PROCESS: Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day Theodore Roosevelt helped create a world power, won a Nobel Peace Prize, and became president of the United States. But today you wouldn’t even know his name if he hadn’t known the Law of Process.
- THE LAW OF NAVIGATION: Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader to Chart the Course Using a fail-safe compass, Scott led his team of adventurers to the end of the earth and to inglorious deaths. They would have lived if only he, their leader, had known the Law of Navigation.
- THE LAW OF ADDITION: Leaders Add Value by Serving Others What kind of a Fortune 500 CEO works on a folding table, answers his own phone, visits hourly employees as often as possible, and is criticized by Wall Street for being too good to his employees? The kind of leader who understands the Law of Addition.
- THE LAW OF SOLID GROUND: Trust Is the Foundation of Leadership If only Robert McNamara had known the Law of Solid Ground, the war in Vietnam and everything that happened at home because of it might have turned out differently.
- THE LAW OF RESPECT: People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves The odds were stacked against her in just about every possible way, but thousands and thousands of people called her their leader. Why? Because they could not escape the power of the Law of Respect.
- THE LAW OF INTUITION: Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias How does Steve Jobs keep reinventing Apple Computer and taking it to the next level? The answer can be found in the Law of Intuition.
- THE LAW OF MAGNETISM: Who You Are Is Who You Attract How did the Confederate army understaffed and underequipped stand up so long to the powerful Union army? The Confederates had better generals. Why did they have better generals? The Law of Magnetism makes it clear.
- THE LAW OF CONNECTION: Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand As the new leader, John knew that the most influential person in the organization could torpedo his leadership. So what did he do? He reached out using the Law of Connection.
- THE LAW OF THE INNER CIRCLE: A Leaders Potential Is Determined by Those Closest to him. Who’s in your inner-circle?
- THE LAW OF EMPOWERMENT: Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others Henry Ford is considered an icon of American business for revolutionizing the automobile industry. So what caused him to stumble so badly that his son feared Ford Motor Company would go out of business? He was held captive by the Law of Empowerment.
- THE LAW OF THE PICTURE: People Do What People See Easy Company withstood the German advance at the Battle of the Bulge and dashed Hitlers last hope for stopping the Allies¿ advance. They were able to do it because their leaders embraced the Law of the Picture.
- THE LAW OF BUY-IN: People Buy into the Leader, Then the Vision They freed their nation by passively protesting, even when it cost them their lives by the thousands. What would inspire them to do such a thing? The Law of Buy-In.
- THE LAW OF VICTORY: Leaders Find a Way for the Team to Win What saved England from the Blitz, broke apartheids back in South Africa, and won the Chicago Bulls multiple world championships? In all three cases the answer is the same. Their leaders lived by the Law of Victory.
- THE LAW OF THE BIG MO: Momentum Is a Leaders Best Friend Jaime Escalante has been called the best teacher in America. But his teaching ability is only half the story. His and Garfield High Schools success came because of the Law of the Big Mo.
- THE LAW OF PRIORITIES: Leaders Understand That Activity Is Not Necessarily Accomplishment They called him the wizard. His priorities were so focused that if you give him a date and time, he can tell you exactly what drill his players were performing and why! It won him ten championships. What can the Law of Priorities do for you?
- THE LAW OF SACRIFICE: A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up What would you give up for the people who followed you? This leader gave his life. Why? Because he understood the power of the Law of Sacrifice.
- THE LAW OF TIMING: When to Lead Is As Important As What to Do and Where to Go Leaders at every level dropped the ball: the mayor, the governor, the cabinet secretary, and the president. Not one of them understood the potential devastation that can come when a leader violates the Law of Timing.
- THE LAW OF EXPLOSIVE GROWTH: To Add Growth, Lead Followers To Multiply, Lead Leaders Is it possible to train more than a million people around the globe? It is if you use leaders math. That’s the secret of the Law of Explosive Growth.
- THE LAW OF LEGACY: A Leaders Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession. What will people say at your funeral? The things they say tomorrow depend on how you live today using the Law of Legacy.
Webinar: The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork!
To achieve great things, you need a team. Building a winning team requires understanding of these principles. Whatever your goal or project, you need to add value and invest in your team so the end product benefits from more ideas, energy, resources, and perspectives.
1. The Law of Significance
People try to achieve great things by themselves mainly because of the size of their ego, their level of insecurity, or simple naiveté and temperament. One is too small a number to achieve greatness.
Great Law of Significance Example!
When you work together great things will happen!
At the 1997 Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs announced that Apple would be entering into a partnership with Microsoft. Included in this was a five-year commitment from Microsoft to release Microsoft Office for Macintosh as well as a US$150 million investment in Apple. As part of the deal Apple and Microsoft agreed to settle a long-standing dispute over whether Microsoft’s Windows operating system infringed on any of Apple’s patents. It was also announced that Internet Explorer would be shipped as the default browser on the Macintosh, with the user being able to have a preference. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates appeared at the expo on-screen, further explaining Microsoft’s plans for the software they were developing for Mac, and stating that he was very excited to be helping Apple return to success. After this, Steve Jobs said this to the audience at the expo:
If we want to move forward and see Apple healthy and prospering again, we have to let go of a few things here. We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose. We have to embrace a notion that for Apple to win, Apple has to do a really good job. And if others are going to help us that’s great, because we need all the help we can get, and if we screw up and we don’t do a good job, it’s not somebody else’s fault, it’s our fault. So I think that is a very important perspective. If we want Microsoft Office on the Mac, we better treat the company that puts it out with a little bit of gratitude; we like their software.
So, the era of setting this up as a competition between Apple and Microsoft is over as far as I’m concerned. This is about getting Apple healthy, this is about Apple being able to make incredibly great contributions to the industry and to get healthy and prosper again.
2. The Law of the Big Picture
The goal is more important than the role. Members must be willing to subordinate their roles and personal agendas to support the team vision. By seeing the big picture, effectively communicating the vision to the team, providing the needed resources, and hiring the right players, leaders can create a more unified team.
3. The Law of the Niche
All players have a place where they add the most value. Essentially, when the right team member is in the right place, everyone benefits. To be able to put people in their proper places and fully utilize their talents and maximize potential, you need to know your players and the team situation. Evaluate each person’s skills, discipline, strengths, emotions, and potential.
4. The Law of Mount Everest
As the challenge escalates, the need for teamwork elevates. Focus on the team and the dream should take care of itself. The type of challenge determines the type of team you require: A new challenge requires a creative team. An ever-changing challenge requires a fast, flexible team. An Everest-sized challenge requires an experienced team. See who needs direction, support, coaching, or more responsibility. Add members, change leaders to suit the challenge of the moment, and remove ineffective members.
5. The Law of the Chain
The strength of the team is impacted by its weakest link. When a weak link remains on the team the stronger members identify the weak one, end up having to help him, come to resent him, become less effective, and ultimately question their leader’s ability.
6. The Law of the Catalyst
Winning teams have players who make things happen. These are the catalysts, or the get-it-done-and-then-some people who are naturally intuitive, communicative, passionate, talented, creative people who take the initiative, are responsible, generous, and influential.
7. The Law of the Compass
A team that embraces a vision becomes focused, energized, and confident. It knows where it’s headed and why it’s going there. A team should examine its Moral, Intuitive, Historical, Directional, Strategic, and Visionary Compasses. Does the business practice with integrity? Do members stay? Does the team make positive use of anything contributed by previous teams in the organization? Does the strategy serve the vision? Is there a long-range vision to keep the team from being frustrated by short-range failures?
8. The Law of The Bad Apple
Rotten attitudes ruin a team. The first place to start is with yourself. Do you think the team wouldn’t be able to get along without you? Do you secretly believe that recent team successes are attributable to your personal efforts, not the work of the whole team? Do you keep score when it comes to the praise and perks handed out to other team members? Do you have a hard time admitting you made a mistake? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to keep your attitude in check.
9. The Law of Countability
Teammates must be able to count on each other when it counts. Is your integrity unquestionable? Do you perform your work with excellence? Are you dedicated to the team’s success? Can people depend on you? Do your actions bring the team together or rip it apart?
10. The Law of the Price Tag
The team fails to reach its potential when it fails to pay the price. Sacrifice, time commitment, personal development, and unselfishness are part of the price we pay for team success.
11. The Law of the Scoreboard
The team can make adjustments when it knows where it stands. The scoreboard is essential to evaluating performance at any given time, and is vital to decision-making.
12. The Law of the Bench
Great teams have great depth. Any team that wants to excel must have good substitutes as well as starters. The key to making the most of the law of the bench is to continually improve the team.
13. The Law of Identity
Shared values define the team. The type of values you choose for the team will attract the type of members you need. Values give the team a unique identity to its members, potential recruits, clients, and the public. Values must be constantly stated and restated, practiced, and institutionalized.
14. The Law of Communication
Interaction fuels action. Effective teams have teammates who are constantly talking, and listening to each other. From leader to teammates, teammates to leader, and among teammates, there should be consistency, clarity and courtesy. People should be able to disagree openly but with respect. Between the team and the public, responsiveness and openness is key.
15. The Law of the Edge
The difference between two equally talented teams is leadership. A good leader can bring a team to success, provided values, work ethic and vision are in place. The Myth of the Head Table is the belief that on a team, one person is always in charge in every situation. Understand that in particular situations, maybe another person would be best suited for leading the team. The Myth of the Round Table is the belief that everyone is equal, which is not true. The person with greater skill, experience, and productivity in a given area is more important to the team in that area. Compensate where it is due.
16. The Law of High Morale
When you’re winning, nothing hurts. When a team has high morale, it can deal with whatever circumstances are thrown at it.
17. The Law of Dividends
Investing in the team compounds over time. Make the decision to build a team, and decide who among the team are worth developing. Gather the best team possible, pay the price to develop the team, do things together, delegate responsibility and authority, and give credit for success.
FREE Webinar: The 7 TRAITS of a Distinguished School Board
You have to start with the end in mind! This training will teach the traits of a distinguished school board!
The 7 Traits of a Distinguished Board
- Role Awareness e.g. policy Governance
- Stand Together as one board e.g. All support decision
- Strong Board Chair
- Lead learner for the board
- Reigns in rogue board members
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- Trust School Leadership e.g. Hires leaders to lead schools and district
- Understand Leadership laws e.g.
- Law of the LID: Everything RISES and falls on leadership.
- Law of the BAD APPLE: Bad apples decrease performance by up to 30%.
- Understand Instructional Impact
- Understands the WHY behind researched based strategies.
- Understand Importance of Training e.g. The only way to improve is train and grow.
The 7 Laws of Exceptional Parenting
- The Law of Modeling…it’s happening 24/7
- The Law of the G.A.P…the world needs these types of people!
- The Law of Consistency…you’re only as good as your word!
- The Law of Little Ears…they’re always listening!
- The Law of Consequences…they teach us universal laws!
- The Law of Language…vocabulary makes the person.
- The Law of Love…it will change the world!