Aug 30

Principles of Leadership

  1.  Know yourself and seek self-improvement – In order to know yourself, you have to understand your own attributes. Seek self-improvement, continually strengthening your attributes. This can be accomplished through self-study, formal classes, reflection, practice, and interacting with others.
  2. Be technically proficient – As a leader, you must know your job and those of your subordinates.
  3. Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions – Search for ways to guide your organization to new heights. When things go wrong, take responsibility and do not blame others. Analyze the situation, take corrective action, and move on to the next challenge.
  4. Make sound and timely decisions – Use good problem solving, decision making, and planning tools.
  5. Set the example – Be a good role model for your employees. They must not only hear what they are expected to do, but also see.Know your people and look out for their well-being – Know human nature and the importance of sincerely caring for your people.
  6. Keep everyone informed – Know how to communicate not only with your subordinate, but also seniors and other key people.
  7. Develop a sense of responsibility in those you lead – Help to develop good character traits that will help them carry out their professional responsibilities.
  8. Ensure that tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished – Communication is the key to this responsibility.
  9. Train as a team – Although many so called leaders call their organization, department, section, etc. a team; they are not really teams…they are just a group of people doing their jobs.
  10. Use the full capabilities of your organization – By developing a team spirit, you will be able to employ your organization, department, section, etc. to its fullest capabilities.
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