The Ten Basic Leadership Rules for Young Leaders
What are the basic leadership rules? This was a question I received by a consistent Young Leaders Arena’s reader. I decided to do some research and write a blog post about it. This article is an excerpt from The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership“. This article is going to be a little bit long, but I promise it’s not going to take much of your time. So stay with me as I give details on the top ten basic leadership rules.
Where does real leadership begin? Real leaders, people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, see things more rapidly than does the typical executive. At least in part, their insights are a reflection of an “inner” clarity that allows for fuller concentration on the challenges at hand.
Real leadership starts from the inside. You have to discover who you are and your creative potential. This entails knowing your personal strengths and weaknesses. Self-confidence, courage, determination, etc., is a vital recipe for real leadership.
Office shows the person
If you want to know the true character of an individual, give him a position. Very few leaders what it takes to handle an office and take the team to their destination. But the good news is that you can develop yourself to become a great leader and handle the position you’ve been appointed for.
Nurture community in the workplace
Team development and positive sentiment are virtues leaders must nurture by providing the right support, guidance, and incentives.
Do not waste energy on things you cannot change
Do not waste resources and energies on things you cannot control, or cannot change. Focus on the goal and devote your time to improve on the necessary things that needs to be done ASAP.
Always embrace the truth
Leadership is about being truthful and transparent at all times. Effective leaders should always embrace the truth, always welcome straight to the point criticism in the organization, be skeptical of giving and receiving flattering appraisals, and never let authority place a wedge between them and the truth.
Let competition reveal talent
Nurture an environment that can use the forces of competition constructively, create a platform that releases the ingenuity and creativity of your employees in pursuing corporate goals and objectives, identify subordinates who use competition as a constructive force, steer away from subordinates who use competition as a destructive force.
Live life by a higher code
Dedicate yourself to a higher standard of personal conduct; don’t harbor ill-will toward those who offend; be ready to assist those who are in need without asking something in return; remain calm in the face of crisis; dedicate yourself to principle without compromise; earn the trust, respect, and admiration of your subordinates through your character, not the authority conferred upon you by the corporate chart; turn authority into power.
Always evaluate information with a critical eye
Don’t rely upon old premises, assertions, and theories. Develop a critical mindset that accepts nothing at face value, certify the credibility and usefulness of critical information, analyze the con text that produces critical information and the messengers who convey it, and never rush to judgments.
Never underestimate the power of personal integrity
Personal integrity is a critical asset for real leadership. Always set an honorable agenda, adhere to a code of professional conduct, never try to justify dishonesty and deceit, rather “fail with honor than win by cheating.”
Character is everything
True leadership is ultimately traceable to factors of character and personal integrity; much of what is called “destiny” lies in our hands, not in mysterious forces beyond our control.