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Bud Bilanich’s rules of leadership

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  • 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.
—Adapted from “The Importance of Interpersonal Competence,” Bud Bilanich, http://bbilanich.typepad.com/blog/2006/06.

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