Recently, I have been reminded of some principles that I believe every leader should keep in check. This is a list of principles that I always want to display to those that I work with. Enjoy!
1) Never put yourself in a position to take from those you lead!
You are the giver! You want to train them to be givers, so never take from them! It does not matter if you lose, or get the raw end of the deal, do not take from your guys!
2) Never ask those you lead to do something that you are not willing to do yourself!
Part of leadership is certainly delegation. But leadership is not an excuse to be lazy, or pass on responsibility simply because you do not want to do the task!
3) Never pass blame on those that you lead!
Dr. Lee Roberson said, “everything rises and falls on leadership.” Successes and failures are owned by the leader. If you get caught making a mistake, take it like a leader! Do not pass blame onto those that you are responsible for.
4) Always show gratitude to those you lead!
I understand that some people follow because they have to. However, the majority of people that follow a leader do so voluntarily. If you are a leader, be grateful that those you lead willingly submit themselves under your leadership.
5) Be as generous with “At a boys” as you are with correction!
When those you lead do something right, acknowledge them! When they mess up, you correct them, and use it to teach them the right way. When they get it right, high five them and get them to teach someone else. After all, we’re training leaders!
These principles are just a few that have been prevalent in my life recently. I want to learn as much as I can in order to be effective at training and leading others. Sometimes, you can learn from someone more of what not to do, rather than of what to do. Always be a learner, and always be growing.
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