I got my hands on John Mawell’s book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
While reading Chapter 5 – The Law of E. F. Hutton: When the Real Leader Speaks, People Listen I had a real world experience of how I can apply it.
Thube invited her niece to the easter egg hunt that was hosted by my cousin.
So in the car we went.
Myself, Thube, Omu our first born and Thube’s niece.
She’s a toddler of around 5 years of age I believe.
A handful, like most toddlers but I just seem unable to communicate with her.
It falls on death ears leaving me frustrated when what I request from her does not happen.
Welcome to parenthood right?
So I took a page from The Law of E. F. Hutton.
Sometimes, there is someone who has more influence than you.
Sometimes, when you think you have the role of the leader, the people in your charge at that moment might be inclined to be led by someone else.
Even if you are the one who is holding the title or the position of a leader.
So this time around I wanted to give it a go.
The little princess rolled down her window when she got in the backseat. When we hit the highway the most irritating sound came from that window.
From the wind outside coming through while driving.
So instead of me going at it with the sweetest voice my baritone can master, asking this little precious to close the window so I can put the aircon on for her, I asked the real leader.
“Thube, please ask the little pumpkin to close the window for me,” I requested.
The message was relayed and, lo and behold, the little pumpkin willingly closed the window for us!
Something I would have struggled with if I had when at it my way.
Nothing groundbreaking to you I’m sure.
But to me, it really cemented the law.
Really interested in uncovering the laws that I can put in to play to get this leadership gig going.