From John Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
- ‘When to lead’ is just as important as ‘what to do’ and ‘where to go’.
- Only the right action at the right time brings success.
Timing is often the difference between success and failure. Every time a leader makes a move, there are four possible outcomes that depend on the timing:
The Wrong Action at the Wrong Time Leads to Disaster – Take the wrong action at the wrong time and both your people and your leadership suffer.
The Right Action at the Wrong Time Brings Resistance – If you take the right action at the wrong time, you may still be unsuccessful, because the people you lead can become resistant.
The Wrong Action at the Right Time is a Mistake – The greatest mistake an entrepreneur makes is knowing when to cut his losses or when to increase his investment to maximize gains, but taking the wrong action to accomplish them.
The Right Action at the Right Time Results in Success – When the right leader and the right timing come together an organization achieves its goals and reaps incredible rewards.
Good leadership timing requires:
- Understanding – Leaders must have a firm grasp on the situation.
- Maturity – If leaders’ motives aren’t right, their timing will be off.
- Confidence – People follow leaders who know what must be done.
- Decisiveness – Wishy-washy leaders create wishy-washy followers.
- Experience – If leaders don’t possess experience, they need to gain wisdom from others who do possess it.
- Intuition – Timing often depends on intangibles, such as momentum and morale.
- Preparation – If current conditions aren’t right, leaders must create favorable conditions.
Pay attention to timing at Liberty National.
Reading the situation right and knowing what to do are not enough to make you succeed in leadership. If you want your Agency to move forward, you must pay attention to timing. Only the right action at the right time brings success … and no leader can escape the Law of Timing.
Source: http://www.scribd.com/doc/2632862/Laws-of-Leadership-John-C-Maxwell; http://www.u leadership.com/the_21_irrefutable_laws_of_leadership-w.pdf