Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

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John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential. Center Street, 2012.

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Brief Intro to Maxwell

John Maxwell is perhaps the most widely-read author on leadership and life-effectiveness today. LifeandLeadership.com cross-lists Maxwell’s writings under different categories:

  • Inspiring Leadership – Maxwell is a strong leader in his own right, and equips people to exercise leadership that brings out the best in others.
  • Leadership and Life-Effectiveness – In a manner similar to many authors in the success genre, Maxwell presents his insights in terms of what it means to lead a more productive life.

Each of his volumes makes a solid contribution to literature on these subjects, but with so many titles, it is often hard to know where to start. The LifeandLeadership.com Ministry Resource Guide on the John Maxwell Leadership Library may help readers understand the unique value of each of his works, and how each relates to the others.

Observations on 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

I love John Maxwell’s writings. I always come away feeling more inspired, confident, and ready to seize the challenges and opportunities in my life, and usually with a much clearer idea of how to do it. Maxwell is not a scholar, a devotional writer, or a theologian (often we use these disciplines to place ourselves above the need for help), and those who read his books through those lens may be disappointed. Maxwell is an inspirational and motivational speaker, and a leadership coach (at least through his books). If that’s what you want and need, read Maxwell. He unfolds the principles and practices of successful people, and helps readers get on the path of activating these insights in their own life.

I could be wrong, but I believe this is Maxwell’s 73rd book. I have not read all of them, but of those I have read, if I had to say which is his best, it would be a tie between this one and Failing Forward. In this book, the focus is personal potential, and the path of growth one must follow to unlock that potential. In his classic way of weaving story and principle, he discusses the “15 Invaluable Laws of Personal Growth.”

1. The Law Of Intentionality: Growth Doesn’t Just Happen
2. The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
3. The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
4. The Law of Reflection: Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up with You
5. The Law of Consistency: Motivation Gets You Going - Discipline Keeps You Growing
6. The Law of Environment: Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings
7. The Law of Design: To Maximize Growth, Develop Strategies
8. The Law of Pain: Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth
9. The Law of the Ladder: Character Growth Determines the Height of Your Personal Growth
10. The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be
11. The Law of Trade-Offs: You Have to Give Up to Grow Up
12. The Law of Curiosity: Growth is Stimulated by Asking Why?
13. The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
14. The Law of Expansion: Growth Always Increases Your Capacity
15. The Law of Contribution: Growing Yourself Always Allows You to Grow Others

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Publisher’s Description

Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches …

  • The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
  • The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
  • The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
  • The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be
  • The Law of Contribution: Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop Others

This third and final book in John Maxwell’s Laws series (following 2-million seller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork) will help you become a lifelong learner whose potential keeps increasing and never gets “used up.”

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 20 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries worldwide. Each year he speaks to the leaders of diverse organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, the National Football League, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books that have sold more than a million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. His blog can be read at JohnMaxwellOnLeadership.com. He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell.

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