The Catalyst Law

— winning teams have players who make things happen.

Catalysts are “get it done and then some” people. — John Maxwell

Nine Characteristics of a Catalyst


They sense things that others don’t sense, and they are able to use that to help the team succeed. They know how to trust their gut and keep moving.


They say things that others don’t say in order to get the team moving up to another level. Communication is key to create momentum.


They feel things that others don’t, and it becomes contagious to inspire the team to success. Be aware, passion is explosive both positively and negatively within a team.


They are capable of things that others aren’t. Talent knows what it takes to win. You can’t take the team to the next level when it hasn’t been mastered on a personal level.


They think differently; constantly looking for fresh innovative ways to do things. This could be with new ideas or simply new ways of doing something that is better.


They are disciplined in their actions and delight in making things happen. That result moves the team forward.


They adopt the famous Chick-Fil-A saying, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” They don’t recommend a course of action; they take responsibility for making it happen.


They are prepared to use their resources to better the team, whether that means giving time, spending money, or sacrificing personal gain.


They are leaders and team members will follow them because of their influence.

When we see these characteristics, we can rest assured, when crunch time comes, they are likely to step up to a whole new level of performance to take the team with them.


The Law of the Compass

Content Reference:

John C. Maxwell, “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork”

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