“Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his potential. The higher the individual’s ability to lead, the higher the lid on his potential. To give you an example, if your leadership rates at 8, then your effectiveness can never be greater than a 7…Your leadership ability – for better or worse – always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.”
Discuss your current 3 major goals – will you need assistance?
Do you need to build a team?
B.Read the McDonald’s story. They created a great concept, they were financially secure, and they had the business sense to change with the times and implement “Speedy Service System”. Their genius was in customer service and organization.
Discuss 3-5 strengths you possess that can assist you in achieving your goals and aid you in supporting the leadership role of your team.
What is your weakness?
What would hinder or prevent your success?

The McDonald brothers had the marketing idea to franchise their brand, but they failed in their ultimate goal to turn their enterprise into an American institution and global entity.
“They lacked the leadership necessary to make a larger enterprise effective.” Then, they connected with Ray Kroc – a leader.
 What sacrifices are you willing to make to raise the lid?
 Suggest that your group write this down
 What is stopping you from achieving the next step of your goal?
D. “The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be. Whatever you will accomplish is restricted by your ability to lead others.”
 Working hard at raising the lid of leadership will increase your effectiveness.
 What steps can you take to raise your lid of leadership?
 List and discuss
 What are 3 things you can do to help your team raise their leadership?
E. “If a person’s leadership is strong, the organization’s lid is high. But if it’s not, then the organization is limited. That’s why in times of trouble, organizations naturally look for new leadership.”

 Personal and organizational effectiveness is proportionate to the strength of leadership.
 Look at your life – professional and personal – and rate your level of effectiveness.
 Are you willing to take the necessary steps to RAISE THE LID?
 You can increase your level of effectiveness.
 You can RAISE THE LID! You can be the Ray Kroc or Steve Jobs of your dream!

Excerpt from the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell


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