Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Gibson's Six Rules Of Leadership

I have been reading alot of leadership and I have discovered that everything lies and falls on Leadership and a major problem with most countries and organisations is that of leadership.So I would be sharing some resources on Leadership and would appreciate your inputs.

Gibson's six rules of leadership

Rule Number one: Do what you say you will do.

The world is full of leaders who say one thing, and do another. Do what you say you will do, every time, in every instance. Remember the example of George Bush Sr., who said "Read my lips, no new taxes," and then went ahead and raised them anyway. After he did that, vomiting into the lap of the Japanese Prime Minister only sealed his fate.

Rule Number two: Begin and end meetings on time.

Let's say you're a leader, and you have 30 people come to a weekly meeting. If you start that meeting 15 minutes late, and end 15 minutes late, you've just wasted 15 man-hours of work. Sure, maybe you've got time to burn -- but some of those people may actually be doing something. Meetings are a necessary evil, but they really shouldn't be too evil.

Rule Number three: Be worthy of your team.

If you hire great people, they deserve a great leader to motivate them. If you're not good enough, have the decency to either make yourself better, or get out of the way for someone who can. Be as great a person as you are capable of. Be worthy of the team of individuals who follow you.
You will never be able to do everything -- and you shouldn't try to be all things to all people -- but you should be the best person you are capable of becoming.

Rule Number four: Set grand goals, and then shoot for them.

People expect their leaders to set goals -- mainly because they don't set goals themselves. Set a target to hit, and then shoot for the target.

Rule Number five: Give credit where credit is due.

Some leaders take all the credit when things go well -- and place all the blame on their associates. Truly effective leaders give praise where it's due -- and although they may share the blame, they do it in an effective, positive way, concentrating on training and loss prevention.

Rule Number six: Lead.

Seems stupid to say it, but it's a common mistake. I like the line that's attributed to Chester Nimitz: "When you're in command, command." Too many would-be leaders never get down to the business of leading. Start out toward your destination, and expect people to follow you. If they respect you, they'll follow.
If they don't follow, you either haven't explained the destination clearly enough, or they don't consider you worthy of being a leader.

Wish you all the best and see you at the top

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