Top 10 Leadership Pearls

Remember in Pearls of Leadership I asked “if you could go back in time to advise your college self about leadership, what one pearl of wisdom would you give?” Well that was in preparation for the Gilbert Leadership Conference I wrote about in Part 2. Thank you for your responses and as promised here is your Top 10 list of leadership wisdom.

  1. Doing the easy thing makes you popular, while doing the hard thing makes you a leader.
  2. Always take care of those under your command. Empower, encourage, and engage them whenever possible.
  3. Embrace authenticity – you cannot succeed as a leader pretending to be someone/thing you are not.
  4. Be honest with grace and genuine with regard for others’ feelings. Try to honor others in what you say and how you say it.
  5. It’s not a crisis unless lives are at stake. (So don’t let a jammed copier ruin your day!)
  6. Listen more, talk less, and lead from the front!
  7. Success is best defined by knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.
  8. Be a fearless beast!
  9. Seek out additional guidance and learn from those who are in positions you respect.
  10. Take the blue pill!

Your call to action:

Opportunities for good leadership are present in nearly every aspect of our lives – in our homes, our churches, at work, or even among friends. When life presents one of those opportunities, I believe our primary responsibility is one of integrity.

Do your decisions as a leader empower and improve the lives of others? Will they cause more harm than good? Are your motivations pure?

In recent months, we’ve seen some of the best and worst examples of leadership in our elected officials. My hope is that in the coming year, we may all choose leadership filled with courage and integrity – the kind of leadership that breeds light, hope, and justice.

“Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” – James Baldwin

Happy holidays to you and yours. See you in 2018!

Brian H. Williams, MD