Reading time – 39 seconds; Viewing time – 1:37 . . .
What do you believe? Can you make a short list of those things you believe down to your DNA, or at least your most important beliefs about being a leader? I suspect that crafting your own list would be a useful – and possibly transformational – exercise. Check with me for some tips if you decide to do your own self-exploration.
Meanwhile, someone else has offered his list of 13 things he believes, cleverly entitled 13 Things I Believe. The author is Bob Sutton, Stanford Professor and author of (cover your overly sensitive eyes and ears) The Asshole Survival Guide: How To Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt. (Link to Amazon)
Have a look at Sutton’s 13 things. Read his short piece with your feet on your desk and your chair leaned back, fresh cup o’ joe at the ready and in a mood to learn. These are notions that have the potential to tweak your thinking about leadership and your behavior with your people. You just might find you have room to grow as a leader and a newly found clarity about how to do that.
As you view his list, follow these guidelines:
- First, everyplace Sutton uses some form of the word “manager” read it as “leader.”
- Next, I know you’re overly busy, but wrestle to the ground and stand on the neck of the “just look at the numbered paragraph headlines and skip the rest” beast. Read Sutton’s entire essay, all the way to the end – I promise you’ll be glad you did.
Then get about learning and growing because that’s what great leaders do.
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