The Law Of Navigation

RegattaThe fourth law from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is the Law of Navigation.  John Maxwell states, “Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.”  A great leader understands that others are depending on them and chart the course accordingly.

The author identifies the process in order for the best chance of success:

  • Navigators Draw on Past Experience – we can learn from both our prior successes and failures.  Success causes our confidence to grow and encourages us to what we are capable of.  Failure can teach powerful lessons, allow us to not repeat the prior mistake.
  • Navigators examine the Conditions before Making Commitments – it is impossible to plan a good course of action without considering the current conditions.
  • Navigators Listen to What Others Have to Say – we must understand that information from many sources help us determine the right course of action.
  • Navigators make Sure Their Conclusions Represent Both Faith and Facts – we must have a positive attitude while keeping the proper balance between optimism and realism.


This acoustic describes the process of utilizing a Navigation Strategy when charting the course:

Predetermine a course of action.

Lay out your goals.

Adjust your priorities.

Notify key personnel.

Allow time for acceptance.

Head into action.

Expect problems.

Always point to the successes.

Daily review your plan.


Preparation is the key to good navigation.  A leader sees more, sees farther and sees before others.  Now go, prepare and navigate towards the goal or vision.


So where will your navigation take you?  (Comment Below)



Continue to read the Laws: The Law of Process



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