Bud Bilanich’s rules of leadership
—Adapted from “The Importance of Interpersonal Competence,” Bud Bilanich, http://bbilanich.typepad.com/blog/2006/06.
- Be honest. You’ll never have to remember what lies you told to whom.
- Admit your mistakes. First to yourself, then to others. A corollary of honesty, this rule is important enough to stand on its own.
- Follow through. This sounds simple, but it’s probably the hardest part of acting like a leader. If you say you’ll do something, do it.
- Practice humility. Were you born or bred to be a lion? Be thankful for it, and remember that lions don’t need to roar.
- Remain courteous. It costs nothing and impresses greatly. The angrier you get, the more courteous you should become.
- Master small talk. Plan what you want to say to key people and say it … briefly.
- Stay cool. Leaders keep the lid on precisely so that followers can maintain their confidence and perform exceptionally well, even at a hard boil.
- Take charge of yourself. Nobody can “make you” do anything bad or foolish. You are responsible for your own actions, as well as those of your people.
- Walk your talk. Live what you profess.