12 Random Leadership Observations

By August 22, 2012Leadership

I recently posted 20 Top Leadership Tips…In Tweet Length. It remains a popular post, but I kept wishing I had made it longer, because the thoughts keep coming.

As I would think of one, I added it to an Evernote file. It resulted in a dozen more. These are more observations than they are tips. Read the list and see which of these you’ve observed in leadership.

Here are 12 random leadership observations:

Many times a leader knows the right thing to do, but we need someone to confirm it for us

The hardest decisions a leader makes almost always involve people.

The little things are often bigger deals and cause more problems in an organization than the big things.

Enthusiasm in a leader is contagious.

The greater the challenger the greater the need for a healthy team.

When a leader says, “I don’t know”, it welcomes the input of others on a team.

Communication is often the missing element in many organizational problems.

People have a hard time letting go of a first impression.

You can learn something even from the people you with whom you don’t agree.

What you don’t know CAN hurt you.

People never tire of hearing “thank you”.

Change is always disruptive to someone. People have to change to bring change.

Do you have any leadership observations you’d care to share?

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  • Vickie says:

    God Bless you!

  • Janet says:

    I love this and would love to share but there are a couple of typos and a little cleanup. I also write and do the same thing sometimes. Would love to see the whole list so I can share. Thank you

  • — 'Choosing to be "real" over being "liked" will not be the safest thing you do today. But, it might be the most rewarding to you as a leader.'
    — 'Every leader should have some kind of cause or purpose in life that's bigger than his own wants and desires.'
    — 'We can get out of comfort zone but not out of our gift zone….. otherwise we will fail.’
    — ‘The leader is the one who has the courage to act on what he sees.’
    — ‘A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everyone else is whispering privately.’

  • Matthew Reed says:

    Great list…again!
    How about:
    Nothing bad ever happenes when a leader asks questions and listens.

  • Very well done…
    Good thoughts and they can even be a check list for leaders to remind them of the importance of their calling and how what they do and know or what they don't do and don't know affects their leadership.

  • Ray says:

    Clearly that is truth spoken from experience. Everyone one of those resonates, especially #2 right now. Thanks Ron!

  • Steph says:

    "You can learn something even from the people you with whom you don’t agree." I think sometimes you can learn the most from people with whom you don't agree. Or at least from people who are willing to respectfully challenge your thinking – regardless of your title or position.

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