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Leaders focus on doing the right thing, managers focus on doing things right.

12 Quick and Simple Ways to Become a Great Leader in 2016

  1. Think big
  2. Think Strategically
  3. Get forgiveness, not permission
  4. Forget about titles and pedigrees
  5. Make more leaders
  6. Be open and transparent
  7. Take responsibility; share credit
  8. Be courageous
  9. Be other-centered
  10. Be confident
  11. Be humble
  12. Be caring

33 things successful leaders have given up

  1. They’ve given up worshiping hierarchy.
  2. They’ve given up making others live in fear.
  3. They’ve given up getting the other leaders fired.
  4. They’ve given up being afraid to be fired.
  5. They’ve given up being afraid of the old regime.
  6. They’ve given up a ‘revolving door policy’.
  7. They’ve given up acting like a dictator.
  8. They’ve given up treating people like crap.
  9. They’ve given up having to recruit round the clock. "People leave bad leaders — not teams, companies, sporting clubs or brands."
  10. They’ve given up making a bad example of someone.
  11. They’ve given up letting their ego run the show.
  12. They’ve given up NOT listening.
  13. They’ve given up threatening people.
  14. They’ve given up talking behind peoples backs.
  15. They’ve given up asking others to stroke their ego.
  16. They’ve given up telling lies. "Successful leaders don’t have to lie because speaking the truth has been one of their many hidden talents."
  17. They’ve given up doing stuff they don’t believe in.
  18. They’ve given up standing for nothing.
  19. They’ve given up being disrespectful.
  20. They’ve given up motivating people using their mortgage. "Successful leaders never threaten someone’s livelihood by attempting to bring their ability to pay their mortgage into the conversation."
  21. They’ve given up expecting people to work long hours.
  22. They’ve given up penalizing someone for starting a family or being sick.
  23. They’ve given up NOT focusing on personal goals.
  24. They’ve given up blocking side-hustles.
  25. They’ve given up worrying about people starting their own business.
  26. They’ve given up NOT dedicating time to their people.
  27. They’ve given up refusing to take feedback.
  28. They’ve given up NOT empowering others to make decisions.
  29. They’ve given up outlining how people are exited.
  30. They’ve given up assuming that someone who leaves is a traitor.
  31. They’ve given up clock watching.
  32. They’ve given up NOT wanting to be replaced.
  33. They’ve given up NOT seeing their life from their deathbed.

"You can’t be a terrible leader when your heart is full of compassion, gratitude and the need to leave this world behind better than you found it through being a leader."

“Play chess not checkers”. Great managers are like great chess masters. Each person has unique abilities, skill set, strengths and limitations. They know their people and position them to draw the best out of everyone. Allow your people to discover their own identity and assign them roles and/or responsibilities where their unique set of skills would best be put to use.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou

“The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.”

“Hire for attitude, train for skills” “When looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. ~Warren Buffet