Here you’ll find thirty lessons on leadership that will hopefully help you to help those around you…

Lesson #1 – Every day begins with you focusing for 30 minutes on how to improve as a leader.

Lesson #2 – Let everyone know what your weaknesses are and make sure they are aware you are working on improving them 

Lesson #3 – Your primary job is to make sure that everyone on your team is more successful

Lesson #4 — You’re not your staff’s best friend.  That doesn’t mean you don’t support and care about them.  It simply means that you have a role to teach and lead and that requires a certain degree of separation. 

Lesson #5 – If it’s not a personnel issue and it’s not explicitly forbidden, share the information with your team.

Lesson #6 – Establish SMART goals for all of your organization.

Lesson #7 — Address performance issues quickly and completely.  Without remediation they will not improve and you will simply face a more difficult challenge in the future.

Lesson #8 – A leader makes sure that every member of his/her team has a development plan that is being fully executed.

Lesson #9 – Establish a firm deadline for all tasks.  Stick with the deadline unless it is a matter of life and death.

Lesson #10 – Take responsibility for your teams shortcomings and failures.

Lesson #11 – Micromanaging is the deadliest sin for a manager.

Lesson #12 – Every action a leader takes — in or out of work — shapes his/her team

Lesson #13 – Have at least one passion outside the workplace that you pursue daily.

Lesson #14 – You gain freedom by delivering the numbers.

Lesson #15 – Advocate for your team regardless of the impact to you

Lesson # 16 – Quarterly reviews are mandatory

Lesson #17 – Identify a Leadership Mentor and Learn From Him/Her

Lesson #18 – Your soft skills will dictate your effectiveness as a leader

Lesson #19 – You must continually recognize and reward your team

Lesson #20 – Share meals with your team on a regular basis.

Lesson #21 – A leader must make execution their primary focus

Lesson #22 – Ensure that processes exist for and are used by all key business functions.

Lesson #23 – Enforce the principles of the doctrine of completed staff work.

Lesson #24 – The physical environment in the workplace is critical to your team

Lesson #25 – Encourage failure early and often.

Lesson #26 – A disciplined team will always outperform the competition.

Lesson #27 – You will have more success asking questions than telling people what to do

Lesson #28 – A leader applies different styles depending on the situation he/she is faced with

Lesson #29 – You need to have a set of values that you publicly proclaim live by at all times.

Lesson #30 – Remember to say thank you often.


18 Leadership Lessons from Colin Powell

A number of years ago, I had the privilege of receiving a Powerpoint presentation that had been pulled together by Colin Powell on the 18 lessons that leaders need to understand.  Since that time I've reviewed the principles countless times, shared with others...

Leadership Lesson 30 – The Best for Last

Think about the last time that you really thanked someone. You remember, that time when you were stuck. You were facing some challenge or obstacle that seemed insurmountable. Your friend or colleague took the time to sit with you. To listen. To ask questions. To help you figure out what to do.

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