Leadership Checklist

Effective leadership can be mastered, and at the core of that learning should be leadership principles that provide a clear roadmap for navigating though virtually any  leadership moment. Check out the 15 mission-critical leadership principles that top leaders have utilized in the United States and abroad.

  1. Articulate a clear vision.  Formulate a clear and credible vision and communicate it to all members of the enterprise.
  1. Think and act strategically.  Set forth a strategy for achieving that vision both short-and long-term, and make sure it’s widely understood. Anticipate reactions and resistance before they are manifest.
  1. Honor your employees.  Frequently express your support for those who work with you and for you.
  1. Take charge.  Embrace a bias for action, for taking responsibility even if it is not formally delegated, particularly if you are positioned to make a difference.
  1. Act decisively.  Make good and timely decisions, ensuring they are executed.
  1. Communicate influentially.  Communicate in ways people will not forget; always striving to communicate with simplicity and clarity.
  1.  Motivate the troops.  Appreciate the distinctive intentions that people bring, building on individual diverse motives.
  1. Embrace the front-lines. Delegate authority except for strategic decisions, and stay close to those most directly engaged with the company’s work.
  1. Build leadership in others: Develop leadership throughout the organization.
  1. Manage relationships. Build personal ties with those who look to you, and work to embrace the feelings and passions of the workplace.
  1. Identify employee’s personal goals: Help everybody appreciate the impact that the vision and strategy are likely to have on their own work and future with the firm.
  1. Maintain your character:  Ensure that others appreciate that you are a person of integrity through gestures, commentary and accounts.
  1. Minimize over-optimism: Counter the hubris of success by focusing your attention on latent threats and unresolved problems, and protect against the tendency to engage in unwarranted risk.
  1. Build a diverse  team: Recognize that leadership is a team sport  played collectively with those who are capable of resolving key challenges.
  1. Place common interest first. In setting strategy, communicating vision, and reaching decisions, common purpose comes first, personal self-interest last.

Utilizing key leadership principles helps organizations create powerful teams and successful workplaces.  Click here for more information on developing successful leaders in the workplace.

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