John Maxwell 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Laws 19, 20 & 21

John Maxwell 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Laws 19, 20 & 21

Law#19 The Law of Timing

Only the right action at the right time will bring success

Learning the Law

When to lead is as important as what to do and where to go

Timing is often the difference between success & failure in an endeavor


Living the Law


  1. The wrong action at the wrong time leads to disaster
  2. The right action at the wrong time brings resistance

Proper Timing requires

  • Understanding
  • Maturity
  • Confidence
  • Decisiveness
  • Experience
  • Preparation
  1. The wrong action at the right time is a mistake
  2. The right action at the right time results in success


There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission – a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment he finds greatness. It is his finest hour – Winston Churchill


This is being in right place at right time with right awareness – This law is easy to see in:

Sports – When to pass, jump, stop, go swing, punch, block or duck

Business – When to buy, sell, grow, hold, bid, decline, invest, spend or save

Horticulture – When to plant. Water, feed, prune, spray, graft, clip or harvest

Relationships – When to meet, greet, love, discipline, give, take, applaud, challenge or praise

Leadership – When to hire, fire, promote, demote, forge ahead, slow down, reign in, empower, hold accountable, give reward, buckle down or celebrate


Leading others to the Law


Reading a situation & knowing what to do are not enough to make you succeed in leadership. If you want your organization, department, or team to move forward, you must pay attention to timing. Only the right action at the right time will bring success.


Law #20 The Law of Explosive Growth

It is the leader’s job to build the people who are going to build the organization

Learning the Law


To add growth, lead followers. To multiply growth, lead leaders


Living the Law

  • If you develop yourself you can experience personal successes
  • If you develop a team your organization can experience growth
  • If you develop leaders your organization can experience explosive growth
  • Being a leader is one thing, becoming a leader who develops leaders is a different mindset
  • Leaders who attract followers need to be needed
  • Leaders who develop leaders want to be succeeded
  • Leaders who attract followers attract the bottom 20 percent
  • Leaders who develop leaders develop the top 20 percent
  • Leaders who attract followers focus on weaknesses
  • Leaders who develop leaders focus on strengths
  • Leaders who attract followers treat everyone the same
  • Leaders who develop leaders treat individual’s differently
  • Leaders who attract followers spend time with others
  • Leaders who develop leaders invest with the right people
  • Leaders who attract followers grow by addition
  • Leaders who develop leaders grow by multiplication
  • Leaders who attract followers impact only the people they touch
  • Leaders who develop leaders impact people beyond their reach


Leading Others to the Law

Why doesn’t everyone develop leaders?

  • Leaders are hard to find
  • Leaders are hard to gather
  • Leaders are hard to keep

Don’t get good enough so that people only applaud you.

Look at your clients and teach them leadership so they go even beyond you –This

Law #21 The Law of Legacy

Leadership is the one thing you cannot delegate. You either exercise it – or abdicate it

Learning the Law

A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession


Living the Law

Four disciplines to develop your leadership legacy

  1. Know the legacy you want to leave
  2. Live the legacy you want to leave
  3. Choose who will carry on your legacy
  4. Make sure you pass the baton


Leading Others to the Law


If I train someone to do what I do, I might work myself out of a job

I always get overlooked for promotions; they say there isn’t anyone that can do what I do… I’m stuck

is your greatest reward as a leader

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