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Cornerstones of Leadership | Next up? R = Reliable

What Does It Take to be a Great Leader?

Every Tuesday, we’re sharing valuable and practical leadership tips and tools to help you BE a better leader so you can BECOME a better leader. Remember … you won’t BECOME a better leader until you start BEING a better leader … implementing NOW the changes necessary to adopt the proven strategies of successful leaders.

You might start by building on the communication matrix and making sure you’re defending the castle to get done what only you can do. Make sure to take some time so you’re thinking past today.

Our new series on the building blocks of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. continues today. You should read the introductory article, The Cornerstones of Effective Leadership, and continue with L = Loyalty, E = Excellence, A = Attitude, D = Discipline and E =  Education.

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This is the sixth article in our 10 part series, The Cornerstones of Effective L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P.

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”

— George Washington Carver
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This concept is pretty simple, isn’t it?

We expect that Sam’s mom will pick up our child from school when promised … that our salary increase will take effect as scheduled … that our boss will fight for our marketing budget as he said he would. We expect our leaders to have our back, to be responsive, to honor their word and generally do what they say they’re going to do when they say they’re going to do it.

It’s simple … but when it’s absent, it can be paralyzing.

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“Don’t worry. I’ll take care of it.”

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Cornerstones of Leadership | Next up? E = Education

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What Does It Take to be a Great Leader?

BECOME a better leader until you start BEING a better leader implementing NOW the changes necessary to adopt the proven strategies of successful leaders

You might start by building on the ___________________

This is the fifth article in our 10 part series, The Cornerstones of Effective LEADERSHIP

“In the Western tradition, we have focused on teaching as a skill and forgotten what Socrates knew: teaching is a gift, learning is a skill”

— Peter Drucker
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Interestingly, this LEADERSHIP series has prompted several suggestions about what concepts I should use for some of the letters remaining in the series

I considered several candidates, as I’ve done for each column … Élan, Enjoyment, Energy, Engagement … and while there are a lot of worthy candidates, my objective is to select the 10 essential qualities of leadership that truly differentiate great leaders For me, there is nothing more powerful than E = Educaton

 

Your own Education is only the ante

Our first reaction to that word is usually to think about our own education, and we certainly must be committed to educate ourselves to be the best leaders possible

One of the cornerstones of successful leadership is to be a lifelong learner and continually advance our own education to become as knowledgeable and well informed as possible

You must become an Educator of Other People

But, that’s only the ante to get a seat at the table

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The Cornerstones of Leadership | D = DISCIPLINE

Be DISCIPLINED

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In our Cornerstones of Effective Leadership series, we’ve covered some steadfast qualities of an effective leader: L = Loyalty, E = Excellence and A = Attitude

These are invaluable building blocks of the successful leader but little would be accomplished without this next quality or run ragged.

It’s never been harder to be an effective executive given the rush of information that races through our offices every day

Supplemented by the surfeit of email, social media, chat, messaging — the ability to communicate instantly and globally with customers, employees and colleagues, the data flow becomes a seductive temptress

We stay informed, communicate rapidly and respond to inquiries wherever we are in our 24/7 world

We easily succumb to the seduction because the temptress offers immediate gratification and comfort

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Get rid of all the crappy stuff

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape

” ~ author unknown

I’ve written previously about Steve Jobs’ conviction that his most important mission is to make sure Apple decides what not to do, an axiom known as, “Get rid of all the crappy stuff”.

Likewise, in the growing body of work under the heading (more…)

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The Cornerstones of Leadership | A = ATTITUDE

There’s nothing more destructive of our first two Cornerstones of Effective L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P.,  LOYALTY and EXCELLENCE — than a bad ATTITUDE.

A positive attitude is an unarguable characteristic of successful leadership.

Attitude is an unarguable characteristic of successful leadership and superior performance, and for many reasons.

On one side, a positive attitude is a breath of fresh air to which we naturally gravitate.

It is usually accompanied by a can-do approach, a commitment to excellence, a desire to be a collaborative teammate, a willingness to take on new challenges in foreign environments, a general approach that sees the glass half-full rather than half-empty.

A Positive Attitude is a magnet for Opportunity

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”  –Herm Albright

No challenge is too great because a positive attitude is the sorcerer of the unbridled optimism that helps us overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. It also a magnet for new opportunities and as we know, success is achieved when opportunity meets excellence.

A bad attitude is a lethal virus

On the other side, a bad attitude is a lethal virus (more…)

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