I have had the privilege of intersecting the lives of a number of people over the years who are either new in their leadership or looking for ways to increase their skills and influence. If I could only give 25 tips to young or emerging leaders, here is what I would say:
- The toughest person to lead is yourself.
- Leaders will either serve others or they serve themselves.
- A person’s talent can sometimes take them to where their character cannot sustain them. See Tiger Woods.
- People don’t need information. They already have an abundance of that. People need inspiration.
- The most intimidating leadership assignment I have is husband and father because I am sending people forth into a time I cannot see. – Crawford Loritts
- The best leaders come out of crock pot, not a microwave. They are made over time.
- Don’t rush to judgement. Gather information at one level and then make decisions at the leadership level.
- There is great power in a good compliment.
- Take risks. The fruit is out on the limb, not close to the tree trunk.
- You will either prepare or repair.
- No one likes change but a baby. However, change is desperately needed.
- Embrace your uniqueness because no two leaders are alike. They come in all different shapes, sizes, backgrounds, temperaments, etc…
- People have to like you. You have to have a team that CAN help you. You must also have a team that WANTS to help you.
- Leaders are readers.
- The most valuable commodity a leader has is time. Don’t ever waste a person’s time. It’s the one thing that once you have taken it, you can’t give back.
- The only difference between ANGER and DANGER is a “D”. Your temper can destroy your influence.
- Great leaders don’t want a position. They want influence and to make a difference.
- What you say “No” to is more important than what you say “Yes” to.
- Generosity is the new evangelism, both in business and relationships.
- The success of a leader is determined by those closest to them. Build a great team. – John Maxwell
- Nowhere in the Bible does God call someone to an easy task. Therefore, have courage because it is not going to be easy.
- Leadership has some very lonely times.
- There are great perks to leadership. Everyone wants those. There is also a great price to leadership. Few are willing to pay it.
- Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people.
- What matters most to me is does my wife respect me and does my daughter love being with me. All others definitions of success are simply not as important.
Bonus – There is never a traffic jam on the 2nd mile.
If you are a developing leader, does this help you? If you are an experienced leader, what advice would you give?
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