The 10 Commandments of Leadership

Today, I’m hosting The 10 Commandments of Leadership Blog Tour, by WalkTheTalk.com. For 10 days, 10 blogs are highlighting and discussing each of The 10 Commandments of Leadership.

Based on over sixty years of combined professional experience working with leaders in organizations of all types and sizes, “The 10 Commandments of Leadership”, written by Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura, provides a powerful collection of universal best-in-class leadership beliefs and behaviors. Regardless of if you are leading a large organization, a small group of peers, or your own family, these ideas will help you be the best leader you can be.

EXCERPTED from Chapter 7
“Confront Challenges with Courage”

Even the very best leaders must occasionally pass the courage test. The true measure of your leadership effectiveness is the ability to look in the mirror and know that you had the strength and courage to do what, deep down inside, you knew was the right thing to do. And it’s that very fact that leads to the seventh leadership commandment, Confront Challenges with Courage.

Courage is …
• Following your conscience instead of “following the crowd.”
• Taking action against hurtful or disrespectful behaviors.
• Sacrificing personal gain for the benefit of others.
• Speaking your mind even though others don’t agree.
• Taking complete responsibility for your actions … and your mistakes.
• Following the rules – and insisting that others do the same.
• Hiring and promoting people who are faster, smarter, and more talented than you are.
• Challenging the status quo in search of better ways.
• Facing setbacks and disappointments head-on – without losing your drive and spirit or adopting a victim mentality.
• Telling others what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear.
• Doing what you know is right – regardless of the risks and potential consequences.

Make us choose the harder right
instead of the easier wrong,
and never to be contented with half truth
when whole truth can be won.
Endow us with courage that is born
of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy,
that scorns to compromise with vice
and injustice and knows no fear
when right and truth are in jeopardy.

“Cadet Prayer” repeated during chapel services at the U.S. Military Academy.

Take Away …
Leadership is not for the faint of heart. Along with your title comes many awesome responsibilities – and an equal number of situations that can, and will, test your mettle. And one thing is for sure: Your effectiveness as a leader will be determined by how well you pass those tests … by how well you practice this seventh commandment of leadership.

QUESTION for Chapter 7
Share a time you had to use courage to confront a challenging situation? What (if any) interpersonal conflicts did you have to face in the process?

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1. By 12 midnight (Eastern) tonight: Post your answer to the above question (as a comment) on this blog and your name will be entered into a drawing to receive a FREE copy of The 10 Commandments of Leadership. Your name will be entered into the drawing a second time if you send us a “tweet” by copying and pasting the following: @Leader_Solution I commented on Day 7 of The 10 Commandments Blog Tour

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3 responses to “The 10 Commandments of Leadership”

  1. “Confront Challenges with Courage”!

    I never was one to follow the crowd. I encouraged our children to be the same way. Think of Challenges as an opportunity to grow. Handle it with tact. You can be both firm and to the point without insulting people.

  2. Debbie says:

    I once worked in an office where all 14 employees were at odds with each other, including the management. It was a hostile environment on many levels. I wasn’t willing to throw my colleagues under the bus, but I did go to the manager to express my concerns about all of the bickering, the deceit, the manipulations, and the negative ways this reflected on clients (inaccuracies, delays, short tempers, etc). I was told I was out of line. So, I wrote a letter to the upper management explaining all of these problems and the manager’s reaction to it, and stated that I could no longer work in that environment. I gave my 2 weeks notice and faced a month of unemployment. What I found was a great job for better pay under the best manager I had ever had! But it was a difficult month alone, wondering what I had done to myself and whether it was worth it.

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