“Do the simple things well.” These were the words my first Battalion Commander, Colonel George Dallas, used to always say.
Sometimes in the midst of reading books on leadership, listening to podcasts, studying Scripture, and actually leading a family and a ministry, I can overlook some simple leadership lessons.
So here are a 15 leadership reminders for me today….maybe you too! (in no particular order):
- Be responsible. If you say you are going to take care of it, then take care of it.
- Be professional. Arrive on time. Actually be early. And be organized.
- Be the best. Get better every day at what you do.
- Be humble. Talk less. Listen more. Make others the hero of the story.
- Be proactive. Not reactive. Respond and initiate before being told to or asked to by your boss or peers.
- Be focused. When it’s time to make it happen, discipline yourself to take it across the finish line.
- Be authentic. Lead from the real you.
- Be trustworthy. Your word is your bond….and your reputation. Honesty always trumps.
- Be optimistic. See the best in people and opportunities. Choose trust over suspicion.
- Be curious. Learn constantly. Read everything you can. Ask questions. Have a posture of constant curiosity and creativity.
- Be passionate. Love what you do. Do what you love. Seek a calling not a career.
- Be hopeful. Create a vision that tomorrow can (and will) be better than today.
- Be courageous. Step out and take risks.
- Be generous. Give more than expected, including time, talent, treasure and encouragement.
- Pray. The first and foremost of all my strengths is the conviction that God has called me to this place and time. He can do more than I can ever do alone. My time in prayer reminds me of my place in His world!
What reminders would you add?