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Below, I have listed leadership philosophies from different leaders. I would like for you to review the list and then identify the ones you are:
1. in complete agreement with,
2. the ones you would change and what you would change, and
3. the ones you disagree with and why.
4. Finally, add your own philosophies that you would add and why.
I will reveal the person(s) who made these statements later in the week.
Please note that there are several grammatical errors. I have not corrected any of these errors. The only changes that I have made are to disguise the authors’ identity.
1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. Give each problem some time for resolution.
2. Be cautious of labels. Labels you place on people may define your relationship to them and bound their potential.
3. Get mad then get over it: Don’t overreact to first reports. They are usually wrong. If someone needs a new direction, give them guidance, but remember the Golden Rule.
4. Everyone deserves respect.
5. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it: Remember that all of us work for a boss, and that our job is to give the best advice possible. It is fine to be committed to your views, but don’t invest so much ego into them that you feel as though you have lost face when they are not accepted.
6. Courtesy makes a difference. Be courteous to all around you, regardless of rank or position. Military customs, as well as common courtesies, help bond a team.
7. It can be done! I have always believed that there is no problem so significant that the leadership of our organization cannot solve it. In most cases, it is simply a matter of finding the right team or subject matter expert to get the hard work done.
8. Take time to know your people. Life in the military is hectic, but that’s no excuse for not knowing the people you work for and with. Who are the heroes that walk in your midst?
9. Be careful what you choose. You may get it: This is a great rule, and one I usually quote the most. It applies to any personal or business related desire you may have. Remember that you may actually get what you ask for! Don’t regret the decision afterwards, so think it through up front.
10. Anyone can be a hero. Don’t sell your people short, for any one of them may be the hero who rises to the occasion when duty calls. On the other hand, it’s easy to turn to your proven performers when the chips are down, but don’t ignore the rest of the team. Today’s rookie could and should be tomorrow’s superstar.
11. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision: In my view, this refers to “gut feel.” Many around you may find reasons why something cannot be done, but think it through, evaluate the pros and cons, and make the decision you feel is right.
12. Leaders should be humble. Most modern day heroes and some leaders are anything but humble, especially if you calibrate your “hero meter” on today’s athletic fields. End zone celebrations and self-aggrandizement are what we’ve come to expect from sports greats. Leaders would be well-served to do the same.
13. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours: This one may seem obvious, but think back about how many times someone else has made a decision for you that you regretted. Be a master of your own destiny!
14. Life won’t always hand you what you think you deserve. We in the military work hard and, dang it, we deserve recognition, right? However, sometimes you just have to persevere, even when accolades don’t come your way. Perhaps you weren’t nominated for junior officer or airman of the quarter as you thought you should – don’t let that stop you.
15. Check small things: This doesn’t mean micro-management, but it does emphasize the fact that the devil is in the details. Check them carefully and make sure you thoroughly understand the issues.
16. Don’t pursue glory; pursue excellence. No Job is beneath a Leader.
17. Share credit: There is an old saying that says “there is no limit to what can be accomplished if you are willing to share the credit.” I believe that is true, so take the time early and often to recognize the good performance of those who work for you.
18. Pursue excellence. No matter what task life hands you, do it well. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If life makes you a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper you can be.”
19. Remain calm. Be kind: When there is a problem, the last thing anyone needs is someone who is an “amplifier” for blame. Stay calm, gather the facts, and chart a course to resolve the issue. Above all, be kind to those around you at all times.
20. Life is a leadership laboratory. All too often we look to some school or PME class to teach us about leadership when, in fact, life is a leadership laboratory. Those you meet every day will teach you enduring lessons if you just take time to stop, look and listen.
21. Have a vision. Be demanding: You’ve all heard the saying “without a vision, the people perish!” Every organization needs to know where they are heading, how they plan to get there, and how they will assess progress. Stay focused on progress, set goals, and don’t accept hand-waves.
22. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers: This boils down to having confidence in your capabilities and knowing your job well enough that you will not fear making a decision or accepting the consequences. Ties to the “Just Do It” philosophy.
23. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier: No one likes to work for a boss that is a pessimist or always complains about what should have been. Most importantly, don’t let your own personal problems affect the workplace and your employees. Deal with them and be positive!
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