Lessons in Leadership

Over the course of my career, I have learned a few lessons in leadership. Here are a few of them:

  1. Good leaders train up successors. They are not afraid to promote others whom they deem to be competent or effective in their domain of expertise.
  2. Leaders put in the time necessary to complete a task – they see projects through to completion. Many people have great ideas, but delivering and producing results takes tenacity.
  3. People who lead others know how to have fun. This means that team-building involves organizing fun-filled activities that draw employees or like-minded individuals together so that they can more effectively and efficiently pursue a common goal. In the federal government, the Public Service Week in June provides a wonderful opportunity to accomplish this goal.
  4. Perseverance is a mark of true leadership. Any leader faces good times and bad, times of lean and times of plenty. The successful leader will face any challenge or opportunity head-on and explore new ways of accomplishing tasks.
  5. Leaders keep their employees’ productivity high by keeping the focus of their organization tight. This avoids mission creep and allows the organization to flourish in its particular niche.

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