Random Thoughts on Leadership

1. All good leadership begins where you are. The small responsibilities you have before you now comprise the first great leadership conquest you must make. St. Francis of Assisi said, “Start doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

2. John Gardner observed, “If I had to name a single all-purpose instrument of leadership, it would be communication.” Never forget that because you are a leader, your communication sets the tone for the interaction among those on your team. Teams always reflect their leaders. The best leaders listen, invite and then encourage participation.

3. Who you are determines the way you see everything. You cannot separate your identity from your perspective.

4. A good leader looks for clues that someone on their team could be better placed. Asking your team, “If you could be doing anything, what would it be?” will help a leader figure out those who may have been miscast in their roles.