“The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”                    – Theodore Roosevelt




I believe leadership is a key element in all great successes and the lack of it is key to all great failures.  Among other things, a leader needs to have the proper mix of creativity, integrity, a servant’s heart and must be a bit of a risk-taker.

Here are the 10 leadership principles I try to live by:

  1. Speak plain English
    • Translate your message to your customers and employees
  2. Be honest
    • In thought
    • In actions
    • In words
  3. Identify the movers
    • Build a team of internal/external people who can get things done
  4. Avoid negative people
    • They offer little value to the workplace or community
  5. Act on ideas
    • Write down your thoughts
    • Become an innovator
    • Evaluate your ideas against your mission, values, overall needs
    • Implement your ideas
  6. Experiment
    • Be willing to try new things
    • Be willing to pull back when needed
  7. Take calculated risks
    • Nothing is changed without risk
    • People need and want change, even if they don’t know it
  8. Work hard
    • You’re not being paid to sit around
  9. To look good, be good
    • Be authentic, don’t use gimmicks
    • Don’t berate others to promote yourself
  10. Honor employees
    • Provide structure
    • Give them work that matters
    • Hold them accountable
    • Express appreciation