The Law of Navigation says that anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. In John Maxwell’s book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leaders he provides the acronym below to help put the law into action.
A leader must chart the course and be process oriented – and, PLAN AHEAD.
P = PREDETERMINE a course of action
L = LAYOUT your goals
A = ADJUST your priorities
N = NOTIFY key personnel
A = ALLOW time for acceptance
H = HEAD into action
E = EXPECT problem
A = ALWAYS point to success
D = DAILY review your plan
I go into more detail about the law of navigation in this video:
As a leadership coach, part of what I help leaders do is chart their course, create a plan and hold them accountable to fulfilling it. I serve as a sounding board, a thinking partner and sometimes a consultant.
I admit planning is one of my weaker leadership skills. I am great at helping others craft their own plans, I even used to write emergency management and business continuity plans for a living, but I am not so good at doing it for myself. This is why I use my own coaches to help develop my plans, keep me on track, accountable and stick to what I say I am going to do. What about you? How are you with this law?