Mentoring Future Great Leaders

So how do you become a great leader?

Allow me to borrow some lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel’s “ Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover”

“The answer is easy if you take it logically

I’d like to help you in your struggle to lead

There must be fifteen ways to become a great leader……….”

1. Be genuinely interested in your team, but be yourself

2. Be fair, honest and friendly…… “you don’t need to be coy Roy”

3 .Impress people with your charm, not your power

4. Allow others to be important and feel important, give away power…… “throw away the key Lee”

5. Put the organization first, your team second and yourself last

6. Keep trying, keeping moving and know when to change direction…….. “make a new plan Stan”

7. Maintain a positive attitude, be optimistic, smile

8. Not all good ideas are your ideas and not all your ideas are good……..don’t “ just listen to me”

9. Give your enthusiasm to everyone around you

10. Allow yourself and others to fail………….”and set yourself free”

11. Never stop learning

12. Keep your promises and hold yourself accountable

13. Be predictable………..”you don’t need to discuss much”

14. Discover, communicate and live your core values

15. Align your organization around a vision that has meaning for your team, clients and stakeholders. Set priorities to achieve that vision………..get everyone to” hop on the bus Gus”

“It’s not my habit to intrude but there are fifteen ways to become a great leader”

Good luck and never let your ego get in your way of being a truly great leader


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