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The Law of Addition: Adding Value through Leadership

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By Daniel Richardson
CEO of Magic Valley Publishing

Note: This column is the fifth part of a 21-part series on John Maxwell’s bestselling book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” To catch up on past columns, you may have missed, visit www.leadingthewaycolumn.com
In John Maxwell’s book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” the fifth law is the Law of Addition. This law states that leaders add value to others and that the true measure of a leader is not how many people they lead but how many people they serve. The law of addition is about creating a positive impact on others and helping them to reach their full potential.
Leaders who understand the law of addition are focused on serving others and making a positive impact in their lives. They are not just concerned with their own success but also with the success of those around them. This mindset sets them apart from others and makes them truly effective leaders.
In order to be an effective leader, it is important to understand the needs and desires of those you are leading. This requires empathy, active listening, and a genuine interest in their well-being. Leaders who take the time to understand the needs of others are able to add value to their lives in a meaningful way.
Leaders who understand the law of addition also have a strong work ethic. They are committed to doing their best and making a positive impact in the lives of others. They are not afraid of hard work and are willing to go the extra mile to help others achieve their goals. This work ethic sets a positive example for others and inspires them to do the same.
Another important aspect of the law of addition is the ability to lead by example. Leaders who lead by example are able to demonstrate the right behaviors and attitudes to those they are leading. This helps to create a culture of success and encourages others to follow their lead. Leaders who lead by example are able to add value to the lives of others by setting a positive example for them to follow.
In conclusion, the Law of Addition is a critical part of leadership. Leaders who understand this law are focused on serving others and making a positive impact in their lives. They understand the needs of others, have a strong work ethic, and lead by example. By adding value to the lives of others, leaders are able to make a positive impact on the world around them and inspire others to do the same.
As a leader, it is important to understand the law of addition and apply it to your own leadership style. Take the time to understand the needs of others, work hard to make a positive impact, and lead by example. By doing so, you will be able to add value to the lives of those around you and make a positive difference in the world.

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