1. Overcoming the tyranny of the present. Pick up your head and look into the future.
2. Ask, “Is this really even necessary?”
3. Push your calendar reset button.
* What’s most important to get done today?
* Recognize the things that still have to be done.
* Schedule distractions to a future time.
4. Understand and set your operating schedule.
5. Schedule the most important rocks first.
6. Give yourself time for unconscious thought.
7. Set boundaries and guidelines.
8. Use yes and no strategically. Avoid a mindless yes.
9. Tame the distraction dragon.
10. Consider your impact. People are taking their cues from you.
- Good leadership isn’t about advancing yourself. It’s about advancing your team.
- Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.
- Leadership is action, not position.
- When people feel liked, cared for, included, valued, and trusted, they begin to work together with their leader and each other.
- If you have integrity with people, you develop trust. The more trust you develop, the stronger the relationship becomes. In times of difficulty, relationships are a shelter. In times of opportunity, they are a launching pad.
- Good leaders must embrace both care and candor.
- People buy into the leader, then the vision.
- Bringing out the best in a person is oftern a catalyst for bringing out the best in the team.
- Progress comes only from taking risks and making mistakes.
- Leaders are measured by the caliber of leaders they develop, not the caliber of their own leadership.
— John C. Maxwell
- Be decisive. Seek the facts, (pray), make decisions.
- Move quicker. There is much to do.
- Be authentic.
- Build your team with people you know and believe in.
- Truly care about each individual on your team.
- Expect excellence.
- Have high expectations.
- Treat your “enemies” with respect and dignity.
- Have fun!
See the Future — Leadership always begins with a picture of the future. What is your preferred view of the future? What is it you are trying to accomplish? What are you trying to achieve? You cannot create that which you cannot envision.
Engage and Develop Others — Leaders are the architects of the culture in our organizations. This opportunity comes with tremendous responsibility. The fact so many Americans are disengaged at work is not a worker issue, it is a leadership issue.
Reinvent Continuously — Progress is always preceded by change. Are you leading positive change? If not, you aren’t leading. What needs to change to move you toward your desired future? Four areas to explore: Self — Systems — Strategy — Structure.
Value Results and Relationships — Don’t be surprised if you encounter major tension on this one. All of us, or at least 95% of us, have a natural bias… we are either more results-oriented or more relationship-oriented. The best leaders VALUE both. Find ways to compensate for your bias and watch results soar.
Embody the Values — More of leadership is caught than taught. When you and I walk the talk, at least two things happen: through our actions, we communicate what is really important, and we validate or invalidate, our trustworthiness. People always watch the leader.