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How to Lead Successfully

Leadership Topics

  • To lead successfully, you must first know how to follow.
  • A Leader has more responsibility to those being led than those being led have to the leader.
  • Be a Resource and a Servant ™ to those you lead.
  • Make people more successful because of your involvement with them than they would have been without it.
  • Work from facts more.
  • There are so many things that you cannot control. Focus on the things that you can: Your feelings, The attitude you display, Your actions, Your words.
  • Provide a compelling Vision of what can be.
  • There is nothing positive about being negative.
  • You do not get ahead by bringing others down.
  • Liberate from the status quo.
  • Provide a Line of Sight.
  • Get opinions from those you lead. Speak to them. It will widen your view and make them feel more important. People want to be important and appreciated.
  • Elicit contribution and facilitate collaboration.
  • People decide who they follow. They always have a reason: Trust, Respect, Value, Vision, Appreciation are all reasons of someone engaged. Following the boss because they can be fired means it is just a job.
  • A good Leader inspires people to do things and get things done.
  • A Leaders' attitude gets reflected and magnified, whether it is positive or negative.
  • Being positive when others are negative is a competitive advantage.
  • Fear. Fear inhibits action and thinking.
  • The way you speak will become reality.
  • Have a good filter for your tongue. Always be careful about what you say and the words you use.
  • Optimism is a force multiplier. Negativism is a force divider.
  • Once you communicate something, it is out there. You cannot take it back.
  • Value and respect those you lead.
  • Have commitment with a passion.
  • Delegation is assigning a task. Empowerment is giving responsibility.
  • Never think that you have all the answers. Quality people will not follow someone long who thinks they know all the answers to everything.
  • Motivate vs. Inspire?
  • Respond vs. React?
  • Prioritize. You nor those you lead can do everything at once, nor can they do everything.
  • All turnover is not bad. A 10% change, at a minimum, every 1–3 years is probably a good thing.
  • People want to be successful. They want to be accountable. Is success possible without accountability?
  • Create change. Business strength is gained from working out. Change is the weights.
  • Trust begets Trust. Respect begets respect. A Leader cannot demand them. They must be earned.
  • Desire vs. Action?
  • Want vs. Need?
  • Those being led have discretionary energy. They give it because they care and are engaged in what they are doing.
  • A Leader must make a decision when a decision is critically needed.
  • Do not violate core competency.
  • Alignment. Those being led need to understand how everything they do moves the organization forward. They will do things better, if it is important and they know the purpose.
  • If something is important, there will be accountability. It will be checked. Part of leading is being in the 'checking' business and providing accountability.
  • Assist those being led in achieving their goals.
  • Leaders are most effective when they are focused.
  • Introduce people to each other daily
  • Share information daily.
  • Show compassion daily.
  • Make those that you lead important.
  • Establish transparent expectations. It cannot be expected if it is not known.
  • Be a student of those you lead, and be a student of people in general. Anticipate how they will respond. Put those you lead into the best situation possible for them to be successful and also accomplish the organization's objectives.

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