I have occasionally shared these thoughts about “Leadership Matters”. What would you include on your list?
#1 – One description of a leader is a person who influences other people to do something those people otherwise would not do. Of course, this influence can be for good or for evil.
#2 – One measure of a leader is the integrity and competence of those chosen to be the leader’s team of staff, advisors, and key appointees.
#3 – A leader should be quicker to take more responsibility than to take more power.
#4 – Credibility and trust are not acquired because of position or title, but must be earned.
#5 – Effective leaders mentor, nurture, and empower others.
#6 – Successful leaders build bridges and relationships rather than walls and barriers – among people, communities, and nations.
#7 – Words matter. Leaders choose their words carefully – and accept responsibility for what they say.
#8 – Truth and Integrity matter
#9 – A leader’s behavior should be guided by a moral compass about right & wrong rather than a public opinion poll or desire for personal financial or political gain.
#10 – From leaders, especially political leaders, we deserve: Integrity. Truth. Dignity. Decency. Competence. Vision. Inspiration. Compassion. Courage. Accountability. Act Responsibly. Accept responsibility. Lead by Example.