Read my preface here. These are PRICELESS.
A good leadership coach will… help you close the gap between your potential and your performance. He will point you toward a preferred future and inspire you to do everything in your power to achieve it.
Evaluated experience is what enables you to improve your performance.
Learn everything you can from everybody you can.
Look for an environment where you will be coached, not just paid.
What you don’t know about yourself can put a lid on your leadership.
Leaders are learners.
You are responsible for sharing what you do know with the leaders around you.
We set young leaders up for a fall if we encourage them to envision what they can do before they consider the kind of person they should be. – R. Ruth Burton
You can lead without character.. But character is what makes you a leader worth following.
Your accomplishments as a leader will make your name known. Your character will determine what people associate with your name.
Character is the will to do what’s right even when it’s hard.
The irony of being a leader with character is that your willingness to do what is right may jeopardize your forward momentum. (my own quote: momentum is not always a sign of progress).
Predeciding to do what’s right will cost you. It may actually be an obstacle on your career path.
It is on the mountiantop that leaders often abandon the convictions and humility that got them there.
Whenever you find a man who says he doesn’t believe in real right or wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break his promise to you, but if you try breaking one to him he’ll be complaining “It’s not fair” before you can say Jack Robinson. – C.S. Lewis
It is not uncommon to find successful leaders playing by a different set of rules.
Leaders worth following don’t make the rules.
Your position will prompt people.. to lend you their hands. Your moral authority will inspire people to lend you their hearts.
Moral authority is the credibility you earn by walking your talk.
You can manage people without moral authority. But you cannot influence them.
Leaders worth following do not pretend to live in two different worlds. There is no discrepancy between their professional and private lives. They know the futility of compartmentalizing their lives.
If there is a perceived difference between what you expect from others and what you expect from yourself, it will eventually erode your influence.
If you require honesty from those you work with, then honesty must be a trait that characterizes you in all your roles.
Character is not made in crisis; it is only exhibited.