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