[January 7, 2019] A few weeks ago I was challenged by a number of my friends to compose a list a set of rules for leaders (my Type A personality smiled upon their request). And by this they were clear in what they were saying; not suggestions, recommendations, or tips but real rules.
I’ve laid out here a simple list for easy reading. Over the next few weeks, I will dedicate some of the daily articles to them. What I would like is for comments about what readers think. Is the list complete (of course not), is it correct (could be), is it worthy of discussion (yes but only for our education)?
- You are responsible for your career, life, and family; so do something about it.
- Get your house in order and don’t complain about others.
- Be honest, loyal, and transparent; help those who are not.
- Listen carefully and be cautious expressing your opinion.
- Be precise in your speech.
- Beware of unintended consequences.
- Make complex ideas accessible to others.
- Get to know a Soldier or Marine, Sailor, or Airman.
- Be on time.
- Be respectful, grateful, and generous.
- Never give up.
- Put your heart into what you do.
- Pursue goals that are meaningful; not what is expedient.
As this list goes to print, a number of those same friends call me to say they have their recommendations for this list. Hold off on giving me help at this juncture. I want to pull from my own experiences for the time being; rising or falling according to how I see leadership. A message now for my friends; thank you, but please be patient.
You are probably asking yourself by now, “If these are the 13 real rules, why is this only Part 1 of a series?” Part 2 will provide several more; ones that didn’t make the list of 13 and propose an argument why we should even concern ourselves with rules when others don’t bother.
See you tomorrow at Part 2.