Law of the Lid
Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead is, the lower the lid on his potential is. The higher the leadership is, the greater the effectiveness is. Your leadership ability – for better or for worse – always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.
The McDonald brothers are an example of weak leadership putting a lid on their ability to succeed. The brothers started the McDonald’s hamburger chain but lacked the leadership to take it to national prominence. Ray Kroc had a vision for a national hamburger chain and bought the brothers’ business and turned McDonald’s into the successful giant restaurant chain it is today. Ray Kroc’s lid was high and obviously the McDonald’s leadership lid was low.
- Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. Your leadership ability always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.
- By raising your leadership ability – without increasing your dedication at all – you can increase your original effectiveness by 600 percent. Leadership has a multiplying effect.
- Smart, talented people are able to go so far because of the limitations of their leadership. To reach the highest level of effectiveness, you have to raise your leadership lid.