Hi, this is Joshua McAfee, and I want to welcome you on this exciting journey of becoming a better leader. I am so glad we are on the team together. I have a great desire as well as the rest of my team to truly add value to you our desire is to teach you principles that be life changing not only for you but for you to pass on to others.
The first law is the law of the lid, which basically says our leadership determines our level of effectiveness. Now there is not one law more important than the other laws, and yet I put this law first, because If I can do a good job in the next few minutes of teaching this law to you. You will begin to have a passion to learn the other 20 laws. Why?
Because this law says how well you lead, determines how successful you are.
Now perhaps the best way for me to teach this law is to explain it like this. So let me use my hands.
This hand (my right hand) is up high; this is my leadership ability (how well Josh McAfee leads).
My second hand I am placing right below it, this is my business, my skill set. Now if this hand represents how well I lead and this second hand represents my business, my coaching here is what I know about my business it will go up to my leadership lid, but it will rise no higher. In other word's what ever my leadership skills are at this moment they will put a lid on my business potential, my coaching potential, my fraud reducing potential, etc.
Here is what never happened, in the history of mankind, there has never been an organization, a company, a group, etc that has had a leadership lid that past their potential and continue to grow and continue to prosper and their leadership was at this level and their business and success was at this level, its never going to happen its impossible, it won't happen not to them not to me, not to you.
So what am I saying is whatever your leadership lid is right now, whatever it is, it literally is the lid on my potential. I am only going to be as successful as my ability is to lead. I cannot lead any more people than I can influence.
So What does this mean for you, what does it mean for me? While quite simply that first there is a lid on our potential and that lid is our leadership.
What it also means is for us to increase our lid out potential to be a better coach, a better speaker, loss prevention professional, human resources professional, to be more successful in life, what we have to do is increase or raise our leadership. So lets go back to our illustration Lets say from a 1-10 I am an average leader, I am a 5. What that means is my business is a 4, now my business is a 4 regardless of what state I am in, what company I am in no matter what organization I belong to, it’s a 4 because my leadership contains my success it cannot go any higher.
Now here is the good news you can learn to lead.
That is one of the reasons I am coming on this journey with you. I am coming on this journey to help you. Increase your potential and have skills that can increase and advance that will give you an unlimited and beautiful potential. So if I want to be successful, I have to raise my lid from a 5 to a 6 to a 7 and even maybe a 8. Now what happens when I raise my lid on leadership, now my business has potential to grow, and it goes from a 4 to a 5 to a 6 to a 7.
In other word's my business will follow my leadership skills. Now the number 1 questions I get asked is "Josh are leaders born?"
Now when they ask this questions I usually laugh, and I am kind of amused by it. I always give them the same answer, and I will give you the same answer of course they are, I have never met an unborn leader, and I don’t want to either thank you very much.
You see what they are really asking is, are there some people born with leadership qualities and abilities and are there some people that weren't? The answer is Yes, and the ones that do go on to lead and prosper and the others fail.
Well I have good news for you, you can learn to lead. The reason I Know that is for many decades now and 10 years of teaching leaders and raising up leaders. I have taught and seen people that have been very limited leadership abilities begin to grow because I taught them the law of the lid and I taught them how to raise their lid.
I taught them that leadership is influence. To influence people is a result of adding value to people. And anyone can be taught to intentionally add value to others and therefore anyone can learn to influence more people and to influence more people gives you a greater leadership lid.
So here is what I know if you want to be successful in life the first place you work on to really help you grow and develop is in the area of your leadership and the minute you begin to expand and grow your leadership lid all of a sudden your business whatever type of business you in will begin to follow you also, that is the law of the lid.