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Leadership done right

Dear Reader,

I don’t get to blow the whistle,
I don’t get to ring the bell,
but let this sucker jump the track,
and see who catches hell.
— Author Unknown

Leadership is not about taking credit for the good; leadership is about shielding your team from the bad.

Next time your project goes off the rails, make sure you are standing out front.

Protect your team. That is one of the most important jobs of a leader.

Until next time,
I <3 |<

Leadership is a skill, not a talent

Dear Reader,

Talents are special natural abilities or aptitudes.

Skills are abilities coming from one’s knowledge.

Leadership is a skill, not a talent. Anyone willing to learn and continually practice this skill. If Malcom Gladwell is right in Outliers, anyone willing to put in 10,000 hours of learning and practice being a leader, can become a world-class leader. That’s all it takes.

If you want to be a leader, do the work. Master the skill. Find projects at work or outside of work where you can practice leadership.

Don’t tell yourself you don’t have the talent to be a leader, no one does. But you can develop this skill. You can master the skill, and you have it in you to be the next world-class leader.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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Lead by example

Dear Reader,

 “A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs.”

–Robert Townsend

Great leaders are not great because they are efficient administrators. They are great leaders because the motivate their followers to do something great.

Many times, motivation is’t rousing speeches or epic emails; many times motivation is carrying water for the team so the team can focus on the task at hand.

On one team I built, around 9:30 many mornings, I would make a pot of coffee and then carry a tray of coffee and fxin’s around to each team member to make sure they had a fresh cup.

I had other tasks that had to get done. This 30 minute task meant that I probably was skipping lunch to get everything done.

That was ok though. I wanted the team to understand that there was no task too small or insignificant for them to tackle. I wanted them to understand that we all had to pull together and do whatever was necessary t do the job.

I could not think of a motivational speech that could convey my message better than me serving coffee to everyone every day.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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Great leaders have a vision

Dear Reader

Our greatest leaders do not lead for the sake of leading.

Our greatest leaders do not lead for the sake of power.

Our greatest leaders lead because they have a vision and they are enlisting the help of their followers to make it reality.

This is true from Genghis Khan to Elon Musk. Both carry a vision for a reality that can be. One that the think is better than the reality that exists.

If you are following a leader, make sure you understand their vision. Make sure you agree with their vision. Then help them make their vision a reality.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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There are no silver bullets

Dear Reader,

“There is no silver bullet that’s going to fix that. No, we are going to have to use a lot of lead bullets.”

—  Bill Turpin

That’s a quote from “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz.  A great book for any leader or anyone who wants to become a leader.

There have been a lot of times where I have spent days, evens weeks sometimes chasing a silver bullet solution; a solution that was new, shiny, and elegant.

Most of the time I had a workable solution. Something that would do the job with less effort on my part. I discarded it because it was a “lead bullet” and I wanted the shiny. I wanted the one silver bullet that would solve everything, instead of implementing a lot of lead bullets.

Quit trying to find the silver bullet, use the lead bullets you have already to solve the problem at hand.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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