Leadership Rules to Live BY ~ According to me
Sight N Training is comprised of two divisions. One deals with all aspects of personal defense, such as environmental awareness, mindset, etc. My last series of blogs described decision-making in combat (OODA), use of force issues, combat triad, and other such topics.
Our other division deals with high-performance team development, leadership skills, communication, and problem-solving. The next series of blogs will deal with these topics and their application to business and life in general.
Like many of you, I have attended seminars and classes on leadership and all the issues related to good and bad leaders. After a while, the information all sounds alike; because it is! The delivery might be unique, and various exercises might be different, but generally, the information is pretty much the same.
Over time and after many notes, I consolidated what I feel are the general leadership ideas that resonated with me. So here are some of my favorite leadership rules to live by. This is not all-inclusive. However, they seemed emphasized in almost all the classes, so there is some staying power. See if you have any of these on your lists!
1. To be a successful leader, communication is key. Most conflicts in organizations are caused by a lack of this or a misunderstanding of the message.
2. Learn to manage your people’s expectations. What they think is needed usually differs significantly from what you feel is required. (See rule #1)
3. After all discussions, ask follow-up questions. Many times, some questions want and need to be asked. Good leaders seek to ask follow-up questions to clarify any misunderstanding. (See rule #1)
4. Do an honest assessment of your people – and do an honest assessment of yourself. We, many times, view ourselves differently than others see us. Admit to both your strengths and weaknesses.
5. Leadership/supervision is all about decision-making. However, you must be able to convey that decision to all it affects so it can be carried out. (See rule #1)
6. Stand by your decisions and do not lean on someone else as an excuse, i.e., the BOSS said, or this is what management wants. Decision-making requires courage (See rule # 1)
7. Leadership is about controlling your destiny and that of the organization. It is a fact that you have greater influence over the direction of a group as you progress up the ladder. Get involved in change but in a constructive way.
8. Know the difference between Emergency” and “Important.” While all emergencies are important, not everything important is an emergency.
9. Hold yourself and your people accountable. Without accountability, you and they will not succeed. With accountability comes respect. Leaders accept responsibility and accountability and demand it from their followers.
10. Be flexible in thought and action—question and review policies. Always look for a better way to do business and bring those ideas forward. If you hold onto your ideas, nothing gets accomplished. (See rule #1)
11. Good leaders balance the organization’s good against the individuals. This is a regular aspect of leadership but sometimes requires a leader to make tough choices.
12. Continue to learn and grow. Once you are promoted, that is not the time to think you have it all. Your journey to knowledge and wisdom has just started and should continue for life.
These are a few of my choices. Remember, you must select your own, especially if you are serious about leading. Develop the “real “you and lead by example and remember:
"...An army of deer led by a lion is more to be
feared than an army of lions led by a deer..."
Phillip II of Macedon