Becoming a great leader is not something that happens overnight, but it can be achieved through discipline, hard work and a commitment to improvement through experience. Great leaders aren’t born, as some people suggest; instead, they are shaped over time. And, while what makes a “great” leader in one application doesn’t always apply to others, there are some general rules that all great leaders follow.
Listen to dissenting opinions, and be fair.
There’s no such thing as “not having time” for what’s really important in
your life. Make the time.
Make time for what’s important
Read as much as you can, and take classes whenever you
have the opportunity.
Work on improving your approaches, your skills
and your processes constantly.
Don’t throw in the towel when a little extra persistence could put you over
Never give up
Transform your methods when necessary
If something isn’t working, change your approach.
If you’re fighting a losing battle, retreat and start
again somewhere else (or in a new way).
Cut your losses when necessary
Try not to make the same mistakes twice.
Learn from your mistakes
Ground everything with data
Back up all your decisions, opinions and thoughts with hard,
objective facts and evidence.
Stress is real and can interfere with your ability to lead. If it starts
setting in at abnormal levels, take action to reduce or relieve it.
Don’t ignore signs of stress
Let your team know what they’re doing well and what needs further
Trust, but verify
Trust your team to get things done, but always follow up to
make sure the work is completed.
Let people know they can trust you, and open your door to anybody
who needs it.
Don’t play favorites; it breeds resentment and makes you appear immature
as a leader.
Treat everyone equally
Don’t pursue close personal relationships with the
Be on friendly terms, but don’t try to be best friends with
everybody. You’re a leader, first and foremost.
Use team-building exercises or other excuses to get your team
members talking with one other and having fun together.
Get the team together
If someone helps you, make it your responsibility to pay back the favor --
even if it’s years later.
Don’t burn bridges
Never cut a contact completely out of your life.
If team members leave or change roles, stay in contact with them.
Stay in touch
Your personal life is necessary to retain your own mental health. Never
sacrifice it for the sake of leadership or professional responsibilities.
Don’t sacrifice your personal life
Try not to stress too much about being a leader. Instead, enjoy
all the benefits it offers.
Even with these 50 rules! Because nobody knows everything, and no
one piece of advice applies to all situations.
Take advice with a grain of salt
Follow these rules, trust your instincts and continually
strive for self-improvement. Eventually, through your
experiences and your efforts, you’ll become the type
of leader most people only aspire to be.