After reading these shared lessons, I want to get a copy of the book!
- Great leaders motivate people by seeing and retelling compelling stories that relate to the vision to which they are committed
- A leader rarely changes a person; he/she simply figures out how to get the best results out of who they are, and who to team them with for the greatest productivity
- Leadership analysts tend to focus on how leaders articulate their ideas; yet leaders more often succeed because of how effectively they listen than because of their speaking prowess
- The world is increasingly complex and challenging: leaders help make sense of the world, often by reducing the complicated and misleading to a simpler, logical understanding
- Individuals who are popular pander to public opinion; genuine leaders expect to become unpopular, choosing to do what’s right and necessary rather than what’s expected and safe
- The probability of success increases if the focus is on the outcomes rather than who gets credit for those results
- If you are not clear about your vision and values, and passionate about the corresponding convictions and goals, success is not likely
- No leader is the “complete package.” There will be times when the chief leader must allow other leaders to provide direction under given circumstances to compensate for the chief leader’s weaknesses
- Leadership is a collaborative process; it’s less about what the leader does than about what he/she facilitates through others
- Great leaders recognize that all people have great worth; the leader’s task is to maximize their delivery of the unique value each person brings to the party
- Leaders get what they measure and what they tolerate
- All great leaders believe they have a moral responsibility to take care of people
- Do not attempt to lead people unless you are prepared to pay a significant emotional, physical and spiritual price
The key, of course, is applying this shared wisdom and not just nodding my head in agreement. This kind of leadership is rare indeed, but needed more than ever. Which of the above lessons speaks to you? Which catches your attention?