10 Leadership Truths

January 31, 2011

In their excellent book, The Truth About Leadership, James Kouzes and Barry Posner talk about ten time-tested “truths” based on their 30 years of research and more that 1 million response to their leadership assessment.

Following are the “truths”:

1. You Make a Difference – leadership begins when you understand you can make a difference.

2. Credibility is the Foundation of Leadership – others have to believe in you to follow you.

3. Values Drive Commitment – People want to know what you stand for and believe in.

4. Focusing on the Future Sets leaders Apart – The capacity to imagine and articulate exciting future possibilities is a defining competence of leaders.

5. You Can’t Do It Alone – Leadership is a team sport.  Leaders are obsessed with what is best for others, not themselves.

6. Trust Rules – The level of trust others have in you will determine the amount of influence you have.

7. Challenge Is the Crucible for Greatness – Exemplary leaders are always associated with changing the status quo.

8. You Either Lead by Example or You Don’t Lead at All – You have to go first as a leader.

9. The Best Leaders are the Best Learners – Leaders are constant improvement fanatics.

10. Leadership Is an Affair of the Heart – Love is the motivation that energizes leaders to give so much for others.

Some great truths and a good book to add to your library.

By the way – two other good books that resonate well with the statements above are Leaders Who Last by Dave Kraft and The Way Of The Shepherd by Kevin Leman and William Pentak.

Blessings on your week as you lead others – remember, it is or should be out of love that you lead others.

BG