35 Leadership Lessons You Won’t Learn in Business School.
- Just because you earn a bigger title doesn’t mean you earn more respect.
- It’s easier to say “I’m sorry…” than to have to hire a fresh team of employees.
- A culture of fear only works for so long. And it’s horribly destructive in the long run.
- Leading doesn’t need to include yelling. Actions matter.
- Being right isn’t your top priority any more. Helping your team win is the top priority.
- Just because you have authority doesn’t mean that you are the leader.
- A quiet look of support counts a lot.
- Performance isn’t always logical. Screwing up sometimes means your team member needs a kind word.
- What needs to be said usually needs to be said by you.
- You can blame your team or lead your team; but you can’t do both at the same time.
- A simple “Thank You…” will go a long way.
- Make passive aggressive the ultimate crime. Your team will stay better motivated.
- Anyone can do the easy things. Just make sure someone is doing those things.
- Just because you have haters doesn’t mean you are doing something right. Maybe you’re just a jerk.
- You can read the news or create news. You should do both, as often as possible.
- Make high performance the new status quo.
- The numbers matter. Eventually you have to defend vision with results.
- The opposite of innovation is procrastination. Keep deadlines sacred.
- Demand personal accountability. Start with you.
- Don’t do for your team what you are paying them to do for you — their job.
- If you aren’t getting results, change the rules. It’s your game; play it your way.
- Proving someone else wrong isn’t a good enough reason to do something — even if they are an idiot.
- Make mountains out of molehills. The details matter. You usually find that out too late.
- Ideas are only as valuable as the effort you put behind them.
- Hire within. Inspire within. Lead within. Over the long run you can’t recruit better than you can mentor.
- Push your team to achieve the impossible. Help them believe it’s possible along the way.
- You’re only as good as your last weak moment. Think through your actions ahead of time.
- If they aren’t following it’s because you aren’t leading.
- Give first. You’ll avoid most personal issues by just not being selfish.
- What people say isn’t always what they mean. Look behind the words.
- Be the type of leader you would want to work for. If you can’t respect you, how can anyone else?
- Hire slow. Fire slow. And believe in second chances. You’ll need one yourself one day.
- Things always look different six months from now. Make sure your expectations and actions are free of baggage.
- Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. Not doing anything with the help you get is.
- If you want to figure it out, you will. Breakthrough happens when urgency meets experience and effort.
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