Here are a dozen leadership guidelines, (slightly) adapted from the book, The High Impact Leader (which I referred to yesterday) by Bruce Avolio and Fred Luthans.
- The people who follow you (your employees, volunteers in church, etc) want to know that you know who they are and what is important to them.
- As a leader, you need to make sure that each of your followers completely understands the message about what you are aiming for. They need to be able to express it in their own words.
- All of your followers need to feel that their contribution is greater because they are working towards a common goal.
- People always need to be reminded about what is important and what is not.
- If you fail to be consistent with your principles and beliefs, you will not build trust.
- Be sure to provide reinforcing recognition for the contributions that your followers make.
- Share things you know and things you want to accomplish in the future.
- How do you want to engage your followers? Make it clear and reinforce it.
- Build ownership in the mission.
- Build confidence, hope, optimism and resiliency in yourself and in others. Do this by setting up for and reinforcing success rather than failures.
- Focus on what you do well. Get other people to complement you by filling out those areas that are not your strength.
- Explore the future with other people and help to bring it to the present.
If you are a leader, which of these are you already doing well and which need some work? Would the people who work with/for you agree with your answers?