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The 21 Most Powerful Minutes
In A Leader’s Day

Khaleelah Muhammad

EDL 749 - Ethical Leadership in Education
Michael D. Brooks, Ed.D.
November 12, 2010
The 21 Most Powerful Minutes
In A Leader’s Day
In this book, John Maxwell (2007) presents a 21-week study plan covering 21 leadership laws that are based on readings from the Bible. This reading assists leaders in capitalizing on their skills and overcoming their limitations, persuading them to lead with compassion as well as intellect. Valuable information is provided on how to define the 21 laws of a leader and why they matter, important leadership examples offered by the Bible, how a person’s character is significant to leadership abilities, and how to help self while assisting others.

School Administrators must understand that they have a responsibility to lead from an ethical perspective. Ethical leadership is simply being able to align your central beliefs and values with your behaviors and actions. You should also have the strength to abide by these values for the entire good of everyone.

Leaders can advance their ability to guide effectively and ethically by comprehending and adhering to these nine laws: The Law of the Lid, The Law of Influence, The Law of Process, The Law of Navigation, The Law of Respect, The Law of Empowerment, The Law of Priority, The Law of Sacrifice, and The Law of Timing. This review of the literature on 21 leadership laws focuses on these nine laws. The Law of the Lid

The Law of the Lid gives an analysis of two different leadership styles through the history of Saul and David (Maxwell, 2007). The lid can be described as the limitations of a person’s ability to lead or a cap on the organization (Farlex, 2010). Schools, religious institutions, or organizations cannot advance further than the limits that its leadership permits. This is why school districts will fire Superintendents when they are dissatisfied with the progression of their schools.

One of the lids that proved to be a limit to Saul was panic “...And the LORD said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.”(1 Samuel 10:17-24 New International Version). Another limitation was the lid of impatience “...Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering” (1 Samuel 13:5-15). An essential aspect of leadership development is to learn how to positively and productively manage fear and panic. If the administrator exhibits fear or impatience, the people that are under them will react similarly.

A leader must develop the ability to lift their lids and the lids of others as David did when he had the courage to fight Goliath. This gave the men of Israel and Judah the courage to go forward in battle to defeat the Philistines (1 Samuel 51-52). An administrator faces these challenges on a daily basis where the stress of standardized tests and the penalties associated with them can disillusion teachers, staff, and students. The ability to exhibit strength and encouragement while facing these challenges will assist in lifting the lid of fear from everyone.

Both Saul and David were leaders with different lids. Saul became a victim to the lids of jealously, disobedience, anger, and deceit. David developed into a better leader because he was able to accept assistance, lift the lids for himself, others, and a nation of people (Maxwell, 2007). In order for an administrator to reach the highest level of development, they must be able to elevate the lids of their leadership capability. The Law of Influence

One of the most power tools that a leader can have is influence which is the power that somebody has to affect other people's thinking or actions by means of patience, timing, and integrity. Joshua learned about the law of influence when he tried to persuade his people that they could win in battle “...Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid...
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