Keep Your Communications Honest and “Real”

Communication is the most important tool in your leadership tool box. It determines how people perceive you and how they respond to you. Your success as a leader will be determined by the degree to which you follow the third commandment of leadership:

Communicate with Care and Conviction

One way of doing that is to keep your communication honest and “real.” Avoid the communication extremes of over-dramatization and sugarcoating. Your team members are adults who can handle facts without embellishment. And remember that most people are turned off by what they perceive as unrealistic claims, goals, and promises. Things that seem too good to be true usually are – and your employees know it. When it comes to your communications, be positive and upbeat. Tell it like you see it … just don’t oversell it.

Lead Well … Lead Right,

The 10 Commandments of Leadership

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10 Important “Rules” for Leadership Success

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Leadership Commandment #6

Dear Friends,

Here is Leadership Commandment #6: Provide What They Need to Succeed.

This “Commandment” is the cornerstone of getting work done through others with their commitment and their contagious enthusiasm. Here are a few ways you can provide them what they need to succeed:

  • Maintain an “Open Door.” Encourage them to come to you with their problems and concerns. Listen and respond appropriately.
  • Be accessible and available. Unless you’re on personal leave, make sure they can contact you for any needed clarification or guidance.
  • Allow reasonable schedule flexibilityto accommodate their personal needs.
  • Think and plan before assigning work and implementing projects so you can minimize unnecessary changes and extra work.
  • Keep the environment respectful and “safe.” Do not allow derogatory humor, destructive feedback, or the criticizing of input and ideas. Take immediate action to stop them if they occur.
  • Back their decisions and act on their recommendations whenever possible and appropriate.
  • Run interference. Be a “go-between” to help team members get any required senior management approvals and interdepartmental cooperation.
  • Minimize obstacles. Identify any organizational factors (including your behaviors) that inhibit team member success. Eliminate or minimize those obstacles as best you can.

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT,

From the book:

The 10 Commandments of Leadership

The Fundamental and Important Principles Every Leader Needs to Know and Do!

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Effective Leaders Demonstrate Courage

Effective Leaders Demonstrate Courage

In the bestseller, The 10 Commandments of Leadership, we find some powerful reminders for all leaders.

Courage is…

  • Following your conscience instead of “following the crowd.”
  • Taking action again hurtful or disrespectful behaviors.
  • Sacrificing personal gain for the benefit of others.
  • Taking complete responsibility for your actions…and your mistakes.
  • Following the rules – and insisting that others do the same.
  • Challenging the status quo in search of better ways.
  • Facing setbacks and disappointments head-on – without losing your drive and spirit or adopting a victim mentality.

Today’s Leadership Reminders are from:

The 10 Commandments of Leadership

This clear-cut guide book covers the ten most fundamental leadership principles. Every leader can learn something from this book.
~ Ken Blanchard
Co-Author of the One Minute Manager

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