Law of the Lid

I have a leadership coaching exercise for you to ponder this weekend. It is based around Law #1 – The Law of the Lid which states that your leadership determines your effectiveness. As you have noticed, I don’t typically use graphics in my emails, but I will make an exception today with the graphics below.

Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his/her potential. As the lid of a leader (or his/her influence) increases effectiveness increases exponentially through other people’s performance. If you were to measure your level of effectiveness, you would find its ceiling to exist at a height equivalent to the height of your leadership level.


Consider your own motivation to be effective.

How effective are you? 

How effective do you want to be? 

Do the self-test below on the 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader and determine your effectiveness score as you currently see it. You can get a free PDF of the exercise HERE.

Now dig deeper. Print the PDF and give it as a handout to the people you influence (kids, spouse, co-workers, members of a group you belong to), and ask them to complete it related to your leadership. One last question to consider.

What thoughts does that idea stir in you?

Examine those thoughts honestly and without judgment and be daring.




Rick Burris


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