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The Truth about Leadership #leader

November 28, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

The ten truths about leadership is written from years of experience with many generations and cultures of people:

  1. You Make a Difference: you can not affect change in others if you don’t believe that you can make a difference. Believe in yourself.
  2. Credibility is the Foundation of Leadership: Characteristics of Admired leaders include Honesty, Forward-looking, Inspiring, and Competent.
  3. Values Drive Commitment: “If your values, your personal values, are aligned with the company’s values, you’re probably going to be more successful longer term than if they are not. If they are not, it requires you to be an actor when you go to work or to be a split personality.” by Paul Polman, Unilever CEO
  4. Focusing on the Future Sets Leaders Apart – “It’s your job as a leader to lift people’s sights and life people’s spirits”
  5. You Can’t Do it Alone- it takes perspective to get most jobs done.
  6. Trust Rules- trust others so they can trust you. Relationships are everything.
  7. Challenge is the Crucible for Greatness- adversity allows us to thrive.
  8. You Either Lead by Example of  You Don’t Lead at All- walk the talk
  9. The Best Leaders are the Best Learners – get the growth mindset
  10. Leadership is an Affair of the Heart – love what you do

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

  1. Model the Way
  2. Inspire a Shared Vision
  3. Challenge the Process
  4. Enable Others to Act
  5. Encourage the Heart

This is just an outline of the amazing stories and ideas in this book.

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