8 Key Elements of Leadership – Tested and proven in the field

I have been going through my reasearch files, cleaning up and sorting things and I found a few things that I would like to share with you. The first is “8 key elements of leadership” that have been tested and proven in the field – not some intellectual thesis. If you ignore any one of them, you will negatively impact your effectiveness as a leader.

Elements of leadership“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” —Max DePree

  1. Be Decisive
    •      Know what you want.
    •      Know why you want it.
  2. Be  Honest
    •      Be honest with yourself.
    •      Be consistently candid with others.
    •      Act with diligence and integrity in thought, word and deed.
  3. Be Real
    •      Be yourself.
    •      Express yourself.
    •      Beaware of your principles and live them everyday to the best of your ability.
  4. Be Responsible
    •      Take ownership and accountability for all your results.
    •      Understand that you have influence in shaping and responding to events.
  5. Take Risks
    •      Understand limitations, measure opportunities and consequences, and take risks appropriately.
    •      Be courageous enough to challenge assumptions, politics and popular views.
  6. Expect Excellence
    •      Understand that it is a state of mind and expect it in yourself, in people and in performance.
    •      Measure excellence continuously and reward people for it.
  7. Create Partnerships
    •      Reach out and engage others with diverse perspectives, strengths and ideas to improve your outcome.
  8. Commit First
    •      Be courageous enough to declare first.
    •      Be bold enough to start first.
    •      Be relentless enough to see it through.

I will share some other insights on intentional leadership and purposeful living with you over the next few weeks. In the meantime, feel free to share these with your friends and colleagues.

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