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