I am always collecting my “rules” for leadership. Each item in this list, is a result of hard-earned lessons in my life (both as a leader and as a subordinate). It is by no means definitive nor complete.
I don’t stick this away in a drawer. It is an agreement or constitution between me and the members on my team.
1. I want everyone on my team to succeed mentally, spiritually, and emotionally in both your personal life and in your professional life.
– This may mean that you are prepared for a job greater than I can offer.
– This may result in you becoming my boss.
– This may lead to alternate and unexpected employment.
2. I intend to always be honest with you (even in hard times), and I expect the same out of you.
3. If I ever make a decision out of ego, call me on it.
4. I will not make comment/criticism that doesn’t generate a positive result.
5. I strive to always be fair, call me on it.
6. I do not have to have the last word.
7. I will never condemn you for something that I cannot change.
8. I expect you to be professional.
9. I will never ask you to do anything that I would not be willing to do, and I expect you to do most anything that I would do.
Anything there that seems crazy? Do you have your own rules that you use?