Understand how to not only rally the troops to committed, purposeful action, but also to create an environment where quality and innovation are the norm.
History has identified many qualities and characteristics of great leaders, and of course, no person embodies them all. But great leaders have one simple thing in common: they have developed their leadership styles around their personalities and their values, and in the end, their actions are consistent with what they truly believe.
To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
The very best leaders are learners—people who are always interested in ways to enhance their own knowledge and skills. So, whether you are a new leader or have been in your leadership role for thirty years, you will benefit from these ten rules.
By committing yourself to these ten rules, you can achieve all your goals as a leader in every area of your life.
By answering these questions you will Learn What it means to act with respect, care, and fairness for the well-being of all members.
The 10 Rules for Highly Effective Leadership.
1) Service: Service is the lifeblood of any organization. Customer Service is not a department, it’s an attitude.
What are some of your company’s core values?
How do those values fall in line with great customer service?
2) Attitude: The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it possible.
How do you demonstrate unwavering passion at work?
In what ways could you improve?
3) Leadership: They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
What are some little ways you show your employees that you care?
What more can you do to become a good servant, and then a better leader?
4) Kindness: It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life…we can never help another without helping ourselves.
What are some ways you have made positive differences in the lives of others?
Create short-term and long-term goals that you can act upon right now to impact someone else’s life in a positive way.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
5) Commitment: You cannot get what you’ve never had unless you’re willing to do what you’ve never done.
Write down a present goal that you’re committed to and then the steps you need to take to get you there. Remember your “market value” increases by knowing and doing more.
6) Belief: Whether you think you can, or think you can’t… you’re right.
Name a time when you felt like someone underestimated your abilities and how your beliefs powered you through.
What methods do you use to stay positive, even during great strife?
7) Focus: Having a simple, clearly defined goal can cut through the fog like a beacon in the night.
If you had to name your company’s most critical issue right now, would would it be?
How can this issue be improved or even eliminated by giving it your complete, undivided attention?
How can you create laser-like focus in order to bring attention and resolution to this issue?
8) Perseverance: By endurance, we conquer.
Why is focus on short-term goals sometimes so imperative to long-term success?
And why is communication among team members so important to the overall success of the team as a whole?
9) Actions: With awareness comes responsibility...responsibility to act.
Name some actions you can take today to become a better friend, parent, and employee.
How can you go from just being an average friend, parent, or employee to the group.
. 10) Reflections: Discuss the following reflections. Write down the thoughts you have upon reading them and then the commitment you are willing to make for each one.
Cease to Complain
Pause and Reflect
Prune the Diversions
Risk and Attempt
There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.
- Klaus Balkenhol
Let the article serve as your constant reminder: It’s a new way of thinking—your new way of action. Write it down and leave it wherever it serves you best—wherever you need a prompt to extra action (or just action itself). It’s time to turn up the heat! Go to work
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