#1 CHARACTER • More than just talk • It’s a choice • Your words must match your actions Remember: This is your most important asset.
#2 CHARISMA • Be more concerned of others than yourself • Ability to draw people to you • Look for the good and expect the best in everyone • Share yourself
#3 COMMITMENT • You must be committed to the goal (no one followers an uncommitted leader0 • Commitment opens the door to achievement • True commitment inspires others
#4 COMMUNICATION • A good communicator takes something complicated and makes it simple • Know your audience • Show the truth • Seek a response from your audience Remember: Inspire, motivate, guide, direct, and listen.
#5 COMPETENCE • Say IT, Plan It, Do IT • Don’t just show up, be ready to play • Follow-through is essential to be a competent leader • Accomplish more than what is expected Remember: You are only as good as your private standards.
#6 COURAGE • Courage guarantees all other competencies • Courage is fear that has “Said it Prayers” • Courage is making things right, not just smoothing things over Remember: Leadership is the expression of courage that compels people to do the right thing.
#7 DISCERNMENT • Smart leaders know only half of what they hear, Discerning leaders know which half to believe • Discernment is a mixture of intuition and rational thought • Listen to your GUT
#8 FOCUS • Shift to strengths – Devote 70% of your time to your strengths • Staff your weaknesses – determine how you can delegate these tasks • Create an Edge – Rethink how you can do things better Remember: If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.
#9 GENEROSITY • Generosity starts in the heart • Nothing speaks more loudly than the generosity of a leader • Put others first • Don’t allow possessions to take control of you • Giving is the highest level of living
#10 INITIATIVES • The one thing a leader should fear is complacency • A good leader is responsible for initiating a connection with their followers • Initiators are always on the lookout for new opportunities Remember: You cannot be indecisive and effective at the same time.
#11 LISTENING • An effective leader encourages his followers to tell him what he needs to know and not what he wants to hear • 60% of all management problems are the result of faulty communications, including poor listening • Remember: Start listening not only to the words but also for feelings, meanings and undercurrents.
#12 PASSION • Reach out with passion to receive passion in return • Passion is the first step to achievement • Passion makes the impossible possible • Remember: You can never lead something that you are not passionate about.
#13 POSITIVE ATTITUDE • You can alter your life by altering your attitude • Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration • People mirror a leaders attitude Remember: Your attitude is your choice.
#14 PROBLEM SOLVING • The measure of success is not handling a tough problem but whether it is the same problem you had last year • Don’t try to solve all problems at one time Develop a process to solve problems Time – spend time to discover the problem Exposure – check out what others have done Assistance – Have your team study all angles Creativity – Brainstorm Hit It- Implement the solution
#15 RELATIONSHIPS • Being able to work with people is imperative to be an effective leader • Improve your mind and strengthen your heart to be a good leader Remember – People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
#16 RESPONSIBILITY • A leader can give up anything except responsibility • Responsible leaders do whatever it takes to get the job done • If high quality is your goal, responsibility will follow Remember – If you can’t carry the ball you can’t be the leader.
#17 SECURITY • A good leader can not do it all himself • Insecure leaders can not provide security for others • Insecure leaders hoard power and become more threatened as their people get better Remember – Know yourself, give credit where credit is due, share your knowledge and assist your team.
#18 SELF-DISCIPLINE • The first and best victory is to conquer SELF • Challenge your excuses • Make a disciplined lifestyle your goal
#19 SERVANTHOOD • A true leader serves people • Love your people more than your position • Put others ahead of your own agenda • Serve out of love, it should not be motivated by manipulation or self promotion
#20 TEACHABILITY • It is what you learn after you know it all that counts • Teachability requires you to admit that you do not know everything • Observe how to handle your mistakes Do you? Admit Apologize Take the defensive Remember – If you can not handle making mistakes you need to work on your teachability.
#21 VISION • A leaders courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position Vision - Starts from within - Draws on history - Meets others needs
FINAL THOUGHT The only way to become the kind of leader that people want is to keep growing and learning about leadership.