Pearls of Wisdom:
18 Lessons for Leaders
Excerpts from Colin Powell's 18
"Effective leaders are those whose group
members feel their needs are getting satisfied and the leaders themselves feel
they are getting their own needs met."
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By treating everyone equally "nicely" regardless of their contributions,
you'll simply ensure that the only people you'll wind up angering are the
creative and productive
people in the organization.
Real leaders make themselves accessible and available.
Experts often possess more data than judgment. Policies
that emanate from ivory towers often have an adverse impact on the people
out in the field who are fighting the wars or bringing in the revenues.
Real leaders are vigilant –
and combative – in the face of these trends.
Don't be afraid to
challenge the pros, even in their own backyard. If you
have a yes-man working for you, one of you is redundant.
Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted
must be doubly vigilant. Good leaders
others liberally, but they pay attention to details, every day.
The job of
the leader is not to be the chief
organizer, but the chief disorganizer.
You don't know what you can get away with until you
don't wait for official blessing to try out. If you
ask enough people for permission, you inevitably come up against someone who
believes his job is to say "no". So, the moral is, don't ask.
Keep looking below surface appearances. Don't shrink from doing so just
because you might not like what you find.
Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish
anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavors
succeed or fail because of the people involved.
Only by attracting the best
people will you accomplish great deeds.
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Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing. In well-run
organizations, titles are also pretty meaningless. But titles mean little in
terms of real power, which is the capacity to
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The most important question in
performance evaluation becomes not "How well
did you perform your job since the last time we met?" but "How much did you
Leaders honor their
core values, but they are flexible in how they execute
Perpetual optimism is a force of multiplier. Leaders who whine and blame
engender those same behaviors among their colleagues.
You can train a bright, willing novice in the fundamentals of your business
fairly readily, but it's a lot harder to train someone to have
balance and the drive to get things done. Good leaders
stack the deck in their favor right in the recruitment phase.
are almost always great
simplifiers, who can cut through
argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
The result? Clarity of purpose, credibility of leadership, and integrity of
Once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, go with
your gut. Don't wait
until you have enough facts to be 100% sure, because by then it is almost
always too late.
Shift the power and the financial accountability to the folks who are
bringing in the beans, not the ones who are counting or analyzing them.
Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not
themselves, those who work hard and
Command is lonely. You can encourage participate management and
bottom-up employee involvement but ultimately, the essence of
leadership is the
willingness to make the
tough, unambiguous choices that will have an impact
of the fate of the organization.
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