The Law of Significance

The one thing you need to know about teamwork is that there is more than one thing you need to know about teamwork.
— John Maxwell

If you are looking to achieve a big success, these next few blogs hold the keys. In these blogs, I’m going to share with you the leadership ideas of John Maxwell’s best-selling book, The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork. In his book, Maxwell shows that teamwork for your Minneapolis business makes the fulfillment of big dreams possible.

The Law of Significance

One Is too Small a Number to Achieve Greatness

Who do you admire? Do you admire business innovators, great athletes or creative geniuses? Or maybe there is another set of people you admire. I trust you can say you admire someone. As Americans, we above all have a high regard for the pioneer and the daring individual who fights alone against all odds.


And yet, the truth is, that alone, no one has accomplished anything deserving merit. It’s a myth that a lone person can do something significant. Look behind every achiever and you’ll find a group of people supporting him. That group may consist of family members, teachers, an employer, a coach, financial supporters or even just an assistant. If you ask a high achiever, he can list many who have helped him to success. Though Americans extol the idea of the rugged individual, the reality is, teamwork has been behind every great accomplishment.

The value of teamwork cannot be overemphasized. Look through history and you will see that supporting every grand endeavor was a team. C. Gene Wilkes, in his book Jesus on Leadership, maintains that the strength of teams is apparent in the modern business world all the way back through history. He contends:

  • A team consists of more people, thus providing more means, knowledge, and momentum than does an individual.

  • A team maximizes a leader’s strengths and minimize their weaknesses. Gifts and liabilities are more apparent in an individual.

  • A team provides several perspectives on how to move toward an objective. The team members can develop many possibilities for each circumstance.

  • A team shares the recognition for triumphs or the fault for defeat. This encourages sincere modesty and real unity. Individuals assume recognition or fault alone. This encourages conceit or a feeling of failure.

  • A team holds a leader responsible for the target. Without being held responsible to a team, an individual may alter the target.

  • A team can obviously accomplish more than an individual.

You need to join a team if you want to attempt to reach a seemingly unattainable goal, such as sharing your lessons two thousand years after you have departed. Why, with all the logic for belonging to teams, do people want to do things on their own? There are several reasons:


It’s hard for some people to concede that they can’t do it all, yet that is the truth. What one person can do is eclipsed by what a team can do.

2. Insecurity

Some leaders neglect to support teamwork because they are distrustful of other people. Only secure leaders share power with their team members. Inversely, insecure leaders often fail to build teams because of two reasons: either they want to control all that they are responsible for, or they fear being supplanted. In both cases, leaders who don’t promote teamwork undercut their own power and that of their teams’. Insecurity also causes some leaders to ring themselves with ineffectual people. All these negative effects of insecurity are better replaced with positive effects of teamwork.

3. Naiveté

The third type of people who don’t team build naively misjudge the challenges of pulling off something huge. Eventually, some of these people turn around when they realize their ambitions are larger than their abilities. They hop on the team work band wagon to approach their goals. But some of these people never make the adjustment, and, unfortunately, never achieve their aspirations.

4. Temperment

It doesn’t occur to some people (introverts, for example) to consider the idea of team involvement. But whether a person is disposed to team effort or not is immaterial. The benefits of team work outweigh solo achievement for any person. Any person can benefit from team work.

When I started in the leadership training business, I formed a nonprofit for training high school students. At its peak, that business employed 60 people and we trained 300 students a year. On my own I could not have trained that many students, but my team was able to.

What important targets are you aiming for in your life? How are you bringing about the results? Are you doing it alone? Or are you engaging a team to realize them?


If you are not involved in a team to reach your goals, discover why. Is it an issue of ego? Does insecurity play a part? Are you underestimating the size of the task? Or is your temperament that of a loner? If you respond yes to one of these questions, challenge yourself to conquer the obstacle right now. The quicker you join a team, the quicker you’ll fulfill your goals.

What is the largest goal you are considering? With that goal in mind, ask yourself,

  • Is it greater than I am?

  • Will others, as well as myself, gain from it?

  • Is it significant enough to devote a portion of my days to?

If your answer to all of these questions is yes, then reflect on the skills needed to reach that goal.  Who do you know with those skills who would possibly want to link up with you? Ask them. And think about others who might profit from joining your team.

stephen Crawford