The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John C. Maxwell
Being the second book that I read from leadership expert John Maxwell and about teams, The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork has given me lots of insights on becoming a better team member and leader. Maxwell, just like in his The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, uses personal experiences and stories of people and events to explain his points. The “laws” or principles from the book is applicable to all fields, may it be in business, government, sports, church, and family.
At the end of every chapter, Maxwell included Teamwork Thought, a one-line statement about the chapter’s law; Becoming a Better Team Member and Becoming a Better Team Leader, which are practical advises on how to improve oneself on being a team member and leader.
The following are some of the laws that made impact on me:
1. The Law of the Big Picture—The team’s goal is more important than the individual’s role. A good team member must be willing to subordinate his role for the sake of the goal.
2. The Law of the Catalyst—Though I don’t believe in an “all-star” or a member to whom the team always relies, there will always be players who will deliver even in crunch time. They are the “go-to” people when times get tough.
3. The Law of the Compass—Vision brings direction to a team.
4. The Law of the Bad Apple—Talent is not enough. Attitude matters and a rotten one will ruin a team.
5. The Law of Countability—Team players must trust one another.
6. The Law of the Bench—Teams must have great depth, whether they are “starters” or “bench players”. Training oneself and the team matters.
7. The Law of Identity—While vision gives direction, shared values bring cohesiveness.
8. The Law of the Edge—Leadership will dictate the difference between two equally talented teams.