Ten laws for every Leader – Part 1
Perhaps one of the greatest topics love to study is the subject of Leadership. I am fascinated how the Creator has always chosen leaders to get the job done. Every great country has had, at one time or another, a great leader. Moments in history have usually been the result of some leader, somewhere, doing something. Behind every great company, organization, church or institution you will find a great leader. It has been said that “Great leaders build great things. Average leaders build average things. Poor leaders let things drift.” As straight forward as this may sound it is a fact…everything rises and falls on leadership.
I have listed below the first five laws for every leader to follow. (I will give you the remaining five next time) Place your life and leadership up against these laws and see how you do. Teach them to your staff and key leaders and challenge them to become the kind of leader who lives out the following laws.
1) The leader must have a dream larger than those they lead
2) The leader must have an attitude superior to those he or she leads
The true leader recognizes the need for a winning attitude. Remember that you are setting the temperature for your work environment. Make it positive and full of energy. A positive attitude is contagious but a negative attitude is even more contagious…so be careful.
3) The leader looks outside the window when things go right, but looks in the mirror when things go wrong
Be the first to admit if you have made a mistake. If something goes wrong, learn from it and move on. However, if something goes right, give away the credit. Add value to people and they in return will add value to you!
4) The leader is a decision maker
If the leader can’t navigate the people through rough waters, he is liable to sink the ship. The fact is the leader must be able to make the tough decision. People won’t follow a person who is too insecure to make a decision.
5) The leader puts those he or she leads first
You will never go wrong as a leader when you put the other person’s needs first. Love on the people you lead, be mindful of their needs, encourage often, be willing to put the individual before yourself. Do this and you will gain a loyalty from them, in which you have never experienced.
Well there you have it! The first five laws of great leadership. Go back and read through them one more time. Meditate on them! Think about how you can apply these laws to your life this week and watch what they will do.
Until next time,
Quote for the day
“It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers…successful leaders are learners.” Warren Bennis
Posted on August 31, 2009, in Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth, Uncategorized and tagged dream big, Effective Leader, Leadership, shared vision, team building, Techniques of effective leaders. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.