TEN LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP!
1. BE CAUTIOUS OF LABELS:
Labels you place on people may define your relationship to them and bound their potential.
2. EVERYONE DESERVES RESPECT:
We often wrongly treat others with less respect than they deserve. Everyone we have contact with deserves respect.
3. COURTESY MAKES A DIFFERENCE:
Be courteous to all around you, regardless of their status in life. Also common courtesies among Sailors and co-workers, help bond a team. When our daily words from perfunctory “hellos” to heartfelt greetings to someone will make a difference.
4. TAKE TIME TO KNOW YOUR PEOPLE:
Life and work can be hectic, but that’s no excuse for not knowing the people that work for you or you work for and with.
5. ANYONE CAN BE A HERO:
Anyone Can Be a Hero. Don’t sell your people short, for any one of them may be the hero who rises to the occasion when duty calls. On the other hand, it’s easy to turn to your proven performers when the chips are down, but don’t ignore the rest of the team. Today’s rookie could and should be tomorrow’s superstar.
6. LEADERS SHOULD BE HUMBLE:
Most modern day heroes and some leaders are anything but humble, especially if you calibrate your “hero meter” on today’s athletic fields. End zone celebrations and self-aggrandizement are what we’ve come to expect from sports greats. Leaders should always be humble.
7. LIFE WONT ALWAYS HAND YOU WHAT YOU THINK YOU DESERVE:
We work hard and, dang it, we deserve recognition, right? However, sometimes you just have to persevere, even when accolades don’t come our way. We do what we do not for the recognition but because it’s the right thing to do and it’s our job. Don’t pursue glory; pursue excellence.
8. NO JOB IS BENEATH A LEADER:
A leader can do any job with a smile and dignity. No job is beneath a leader, they will excel in anything they do.
9. PURSUE EXCELLENCE:
No matter what task life hands you, do it well. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If life makes you a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper you can be.”
10. LIFE IS A LEADERSHIP LABORATORY:
All too often we look to some school or some class to teach us about leadership when, in fact, life is a leadership laboratory. Those you meet everyday will teach you enduring lessons if you just take time to stop, look and listen. You come in contact with people everyday, learn leadership skills from everyone you meet. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn.
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