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The leadership law is pretty simple.



Someone's 'Leadership Ability' determines the level of effectiveness. 

And, the higher the individual’s ability to lead, the higher the "lid on their potential".


That's the Law of the Lid.


The lid can be in play in how every day decisions are made by leaders.

How the organization is managed.

Hiring decisions are made.

Change is navigated.

Strategy is set.


Their lid impacts everything.


The biggest implication: it's tough for others to do anything with a leader who has a low lid --- and now this low lid, it becomes more of a ceiling for those around them and for the organization as a whole. 


That's an absolute of this law. 


In a nutshell, if the leader doesn't grow then team members cannot grow within the organization. And, after a while, they'll find somewhere else to grow.


But, when a leader is willing to listen and invest in their own learning and development, then you can guess another absolute of this law: the sky is the limit for everyone in the organization.


Lifting the lid on your potential starts with understanding what your lid might be. 


Here are steps to take so you can start to uncover that:


1. List 5-10 major goals. Focus on significant ones, that will take time to achieve. Then identify which will require the help and cooperation of others – these are the goals that will be influenced the most by your leadership ability.


2. Rate yourself. Give yourself a rating on a scale of 1 to 10 assessing your abilities regarding your people skills, planning and strategic thinking, vision, and achieving results.


3. Ask others to rate your leadership abilities: Talk to a mentor, your boss, your partner, your best friend, a couple of colleagues who are at the same level, and a few people who you lead or who look up to you. Ask them to rate you in each of the areas listed above.


4. Study your scores. Compare the averages of the ratings you received from others to the ratings you gave yourself.

-Is there a gap?

-What do you think is the cause (your lid)?

-How willing are you to grow and advance your leadership development in this area?


5. Develop a growth plan based on these themes. Pull the learning towards you and then put your learning into action. 

-Plug into leaders who demonstrate skills in those areas

-Dig into text

-Listen to podcasts


6. Reflect, celebrate milestones, and ask for additional feedback as you go. You'll be able to see the fruits of your labor in no time!


“Leaders develop daily, not in a day.” - John Maxwell


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