The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Three rectangles on top of each other, the top one black, the middle one red, and the bottom one gold, all with words on them, in gold, white, and black, respectively
First edition cover
AuthorJohn C. Maxwell
CountryUnited States
GenreSelf-help book
Published1998 (Thomas Nelson)
LC ClassHD57.7.M3937 2007

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You is a 1998 book written by John C. Maxwell and published by Thomas Nelson.[1] It is one of several books by Maxwell on the subject of leadership.[2] It is the book for which he is best-known.[3] The book was listed on The New York Times Best Seller list in April 1999[4] after marketing company ResultSource manipulated the list by making it look like copies of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership had been purchased by thousands of individuals when, in actuality, ResultSource had simply made a bulk order of the book.[5] The book had sold more than one million copies by 2015.[6] Christian businessperson John Faulkner was inspired to found Christian business magazine TwoTen when he read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.[7] Professional basketball player Harrison Barnes read and spoke positively of the book.[8] US swimmer Annie Chandler Grevers wrote of Maxwell's book, "it's cheesy, but ... it did me some good".[9] Columnist Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times criticized Maxwell for including in the book "the insidious subtext ... that externalities have nothing to do with your failure", an assertion that Hiltzik argues research studies have demonstrated to be false.[10] John Maxwell Team mastermind groups have developed from the principles in this book.

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  1. ^ Maxwell 1998.
  2. ^ Velotta, Richard N. (May 15, 2015). "Shopping Center Trade Show Returns with Renewed Enthusiasm". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Martin, Mark (January 9, 2012). "John Maxwell Unveils 'Five Levels of Leadership'". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  4. ^ "The New York Times Business Best Sellers". The New York Times Book Review. April 11, 1999. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Walker, Ken (January 20, 2015). "Is Buying Your Way Onto the Bestseller List Wrong?". Christianity Today. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  6. ^ Potempa, Phil (March 12, 2015). "Reader Reminds John C. Maxwell Ranks as Leader for Speaking". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  7. ^ Whitman, Sarah (September 1, 2012). "'TwoTen' Magazine Looks to Promote Christian Principles in the Workplace". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Bazilian, Emma (January 30, 2014). "NBA Star Creates Buzz With His Popular Twitter Scavenger Hunts: Golden State's Social Media-Savvy Harrison Barnes". Adweek. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  9. ^ Grevers, Annie (August 24, 2015). "6 Types of Team Captain No One Wants". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  10. ^ Hiltzik, Michael (October 7, 2014). "More on What Makes the 1% So Darned Wonderful, by Yet Another Courtier". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 31, 2015.