Thursday, February 7, 2008

Rudy On Leadership

Rudy Giuliani on Leadership:

  • A leader is chosen because whoever put him there trusts his judgment, character, and intelligence.
  • Being your own man means that you should never feel that you have to sacrifice your principles.
  • You cannot ask those who for you to do something you're unwilling to do yourself.
  • Like any other employee, a leader shouldn't work to the point where he is no longer effective, and should take time off as necessary.
  • No leader should demand from others something he's unwilling to [do] himself.
  • The most important element of setting an example isn't attitude or diligence, but performing some of the tasks that you ask others to execute.
  • If you can do what the people working for you do as well as the best of them, your ability to lead is enhanced tremendously. That doesn't mean you have to be the best at everything. In a complicated system, that's not only impossible, it's undesirable -- a leader needs the expertise of specialists and shouldn't undermine them or interfere.
  • Leading any enterprise means that management duties will take up the lion's share of your time. Nevertheless, leaders shouldn't abandon the trenches to pay attention only to the "big picture."
  • There is no more powerful motivation for others than a leader who sets an example.
  • Part of any leader's responsibility is recognizing his limitations. Another part is trusting those who work for you.

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