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Friday, September 01, 2006

Seven Secrets to Leadership Success

Paul B. Thornton has written a book Leadership—Best Advice I Ever Got, which describes the best leadership advice 136 successful CEOs, coaches, consultants, professors, managers, executives, presidents, politicians, and religious leaders received that most helped them become effective and successful leaders.

Here are seven secrets to leadership success:

  1. Leadership is about making things happen. (Execution!)
  2. Listen and understand the issue, then lead. (Communication - two way)
  3. Answer the three questions everyone within your organization wants answers to. ( Where are we going? How are we going to get there? What is my role?)
  4. Master the goals that will allow you to work anywhere in today’s dynamic business world. (Work to be known for delivering excellence)
  5. Be curious. (Curiosity is a prerequisite to continuous improvement and even excellence.)
  6. Listen to both sides of the argument.
  7. Prepare, prepare, prepare.

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