Repost -10 Leadership Lessons You Don’t Want to Learn the Hard Way

I just had to repost this from Jack and Suzy Welch.  Not only are they extremely successful, but have an innate (or maybe it was learned) ability to encourage and build up individuals, organizations, and corporations.  Here is a recent post from them I saw on LinkedIn.

If you’ve ever managed people, chances are you’ve had your share of sure-fire leadership successes, along with a few tough missteps and “wish I had knowns” – and probably learned a thing or two from all of three.

In no particular order, here are a few essential threads of wisdom we’ve collected over the years to add to your playbook. Let’s save you from having to figure them out on your own in 2015.

  1. Your company’s values and your personal values must be compatible.
  2. Differentiation breeds meritocracy. Sameness breeds mediocrity.
  3. In a performance culture, actions have to have consequences — positive or negative.
  4. Creating an environment of candor and trust is a must.
  5. Attracting, developing and retaining world-class talent is your never-ending job.
  6. You must distinguish between coachable development needs in your people and fatal flaws.
  7. Simple, consistent, focused communications travel faster and are understood better by the organization.
  8. There is nothing more developmental and illuminating than dealing with adversity.
  9. Over time, you have to develop a real generosity gene — and love to see each person on your team earn raises, get promotions and grow personally.
  10. Continuous learning is critical for success — make it a priority.

We welcome each of you to add your own favorites to the list.

Cheers to a winning new year and to your constant growth as a leader.

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