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.
- Articulate a clear vision. Formulate a clear and credible vision and communicate it to all members of the enterprise.
- 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.
- Honor your employees. Frequently express your support for those who work with you and for you.
- 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.
- Act decisively. Make good and timely decisions, ensuring they are executed.
- Communicate influentially. Communicate in ways people will not forget; always striving to communicate with simplicity and clarity.
- Motivate the troops. Appreciate the distinctive intentions that people bring, building on individual diverse motives.
- Embrace the front-lines. Delegate authority except for strategic decisions, and stay close to those most directly engaged with the company’s work.
- Build leadership in others: Develop leadership throughout the organization.
- Manage relationships. Build personal ties with those who look to you, and work to embrace the feelings and passions of the workplace.
- 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.
- Maintain your character: Ensure that others appreciate that you are a person of integrity through gestures, commentary and accounts.
- 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.
- Build a diverse team: Recognize that leadership is a team sport played collectively with those who are capable of resolving key challenges.
- 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.