15 Rules for Effective Leadership
Seal Griffin, PP, PLS
NALS of Washington
Most of us are already leaders in one way or another - as a co-worker, in a career, PTA, officer or committee chair, etc. ... As leaders, we should always keep these thoughts in mind.
Observe Watch and learn by other's mistakes and triumphs.
Give Credit Always give credit to others freely, quickly, openly and unsolicited, for their accomplishments. Flattery can go a long way. All of us, at one time or another, have experienced the glow of satisfaction that comes when others say something nice about us. Share that feeling! What better way to start a meeting, make a call, or any other contact, than by saying something nice that you genuinely mean. What a great way of making other people feel important and needed!
Control Your Temper You must be able to discuss any problem or situation that arises quietly and reasonably, regardless of any provocations you may encounter.
Keep Your Sense of Humor The saying, "if you take yourself too seriously, no one else will" is very true. Leaders must have fun and turn routine tasks into enjoyable experiences. We must be able to laugh at ourselves and at the same time be enthusiastic and spontaneous. Humor is a very important key to successful leadership.
Avoid Sarcasm Never be sarcastic toward anyone or anything.
Be Tolerant Of a person's race, color, accent, idiosyncrasies, and feelings.
Be Truthful Every statement you should make should be truthful and every promise must be fulfilled.
Be Courteous, Cheerful, and Optimistic Consider other people's wishes, situations, and feelings. In every thought you have, every act you perform, everything you say, you have the choice of being either cheerful and optimistic - or negative and doubtful. I assure you success is much more quickly attained when you are cheerful and optimistic. It indicates to those around you that you are prepared and confident.
Be prompt If you can't keep your appointments, you will soon become a clog in the gears. Always start meetings on time.
Listen Let others talk until they reach the real core of a problem. If it is a problem shared by others, then you should guide discussion from the problem to a solution.
Communicate Express yourself concisely, clearly, and completely - particularly when giving instructions.
Enjoy Your Work You should always enjoy what you are doing which includes having hobbies and outside interests! If you are not having fun and enjoying what you are doing, you probably need to cut back on your activities.
Be Generous Help secure your future by generosity toward all members whose support and assistance have made it possible for you to be in your leadership position.
Don't Ever Be Afraid to Say "I Don't Know" Rather, inform the person raising the question or problem that you can and will get the answer, and then get back to that person as soon as possible.
Commitment COMMITMENT is a key word for leaders. Without commitment, everything else is meaningless. True commitment is necessary for good leaders since it exudes confidence and hope. Others become committed when they are around a dedicated, unselfish, committed leader, since they usually have the zeal and dedication that pulls others to them. Leaders should set high standards of excellence not only for themselves but for others as well.