Seven Laws Of Leadership
Here is a quick synopsis of my keynote delivered in front of 600 Alberta mayors, reeves and councillors in Edmonton, Alberta following a provincial election in 2001, covering the Seven Laws of Leadership.
Example – people need to be able to depend on your leadership
Today more than ever, people are looking for leaders who will lead by example in their dealings with people, and their lifestyles.
Communication – people need to know what you are saying
Today more than ever, people are looking for clarity and consistency in our written and oral communications. They are looking for honesty and openness in the dialogue they have with us as leaders.
Ability – you need to be capable of leading other people
Today more than ever, people are looking for more than a slick appearance. They want content and proven ability they can trust to get them through the increasing challenges of the 21st Century.
Motivation – you need to know why you want to be a leader
Today more than ever, people want to know why you are doing what you are doing, and so do you! A simple ‘trust me’ won’t cut it.
Authority – people need to respond to your leadership
Today more than ever, people want to be able to see demonstrated commitment and power in your decisions and authority in your actions.
Strategy – you need to know where you are going
Today more than ever, people want to know you have a plan, and one that is well thought out, covering all the contingencies and challenges. And they want to know the details of that strategy before they agree to follow you.
Love/compassion – you need to care for the people around you
Today more than ever, people want to know you truly care about them, their needs, their concerns, their fears, their dreams and their well-being. Lip service will not cut it on the 21st Century leadership track.
Take a serious look at your leadership skills in light of the above seven laws. Those you would hope to lead are, and they are judging your actions, attitudes and your motivation.