20 Leadership Tips in Tweet Length

A friend emailed me and asked for my “top 20 leadership tips”. They were doing a presentation on leadership and were asked to share 20 aspects of great leadership. The added catch – they wanted something short they could expand upon, so they suggested I share them in “Twitter length.”

It was like he didn’t know I’m the guy who only has “7” points in most posts?

I’m always up for a challenge though, so I wrote down the question and pondered it for a couple weeks. I added a few at a time. Then I sat down to compile the list.

Here are 20 leadership tips in Twitter length:

Build people – people are your greatest asset as a leader.

Believe in others – it’s the right thing to do and you can’t lead effectively otherwise.

Your life direction matters – you’ll likely end up where you point yourself and the team you lead.

Hold your methodology loosely – care more about accomplishing a worthy vision than how you do it.

Empower people – delegation is giving people real responsibility and real authority.

Keep learning – when you stop learning – you stop.

Renew your passion often – keep reminding yourself why you do what you do.

Learn to rest – so you can always do your best.

Value the word “No” – you can only do what you can do. Trying to do more lowers efficiency.

Prioritize each day – make every moment count – Because it does.

Let failure build you – not define you – it’s the best way to gain experience.

Be honest with yourself and others – what you hide will often trip you fastest.

Know your weaknesses – everyone else already does.

Listen more than you speak – you’ll learn more and others will feel valued.

Serving others always brings joy – giving back is the greatest vehicle to fulfillment in life.

Humility is attractive – people want to be around people who are. Applaud others louder than you “toot your own horn”.

Be intentional – nothing really great happens without intentionality.

Reject apathy – you’ll be tempted to settle for mediocrity. Don’t do it.

Communication is vital – people only know what they know. Same for you. Learn to ask good questions. 

Protect your character – even more than you try to protect your reputation. Do this and you’ll gain the other.

Feel free to Tweet one or two of them – they’re Twitter length.

Do you have one to share?

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33 thoughts on “20 Leadership Tips in Tweet Length

  1. Loved this thought: "When you stop learning, you stop." This is something I'm re-learning, in a new season with 3 kids instead of 2, and busier than ever. But still needing to feed myself. Having to reinvent quiet times, space for reading, community that sharpens me etc. Audio books have helped! Thanks for giving the process language! -more at http://www.theconfessionalblog.com

  2. My favorite is: "Empower people – Give people real responsibility and real authority." It's so easy to micromanage, because as parents our role for so long was to guard & protect…to keep people safe. It's a challenge to shift gears, to stop protecting and start empowering, so people can grow into themselves.

  3. "Be genuine" – Authenticity inspires open minds in those around you.

    Thanks for your tips Ron – they are spot on! New to twitter myself – Am changing career expressions from direct patient care as a nurse to coaching / inspiring front line practitioners. Also want to inspire a paradigm shift in our healthcare systems so that all people who enter whether staff, patient, or visitor can leave nourished, uplifted, and empowered instead of drained.

    Look forward to reading more!

  4. Treat others equally: Leaders do not pick a protege – leaders treat all their team members in the same equal way.

    Thanks for sharing Ron.

    • I may differ with you some here, although it may be terminology. I once wrote this post:http://ronedmondson.com/2009/04/treat-your-staff-differently-you-must.htmlI think, just as in parenting, that people are different so they need different approaches in leadership. I wouldn't even say treat people fairly if it means the same. If someone works harder they should get a bigger reward, in m opinion. I would say, however, that everyone should have an equal opportunity. That I could certainly go with.Thanks for commenting.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

  5. Ron, If you don't hurry and Tweet these, I will. (Just Kidding). We are mutual followers on Twitter and I appreciate your work.

    May I invite you to join my Leadership: Lead With Giants on Linkedin? You'll see a lot of familiar places there. I'll send a link via Twitter.


  6. Acknowledge others.

    Very cool, I like the list and I don't twitter… : ) You need to publish a book Ron, a hardcopy (remember, I'm old school).