If you want to be a leader, either on the basketball or court off of it, have a look at General Powell’s 13 rules below. Short and to the point, these are qualities that real leaders strive for.
How are you leading?
- It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
- Get mad, then get over it.
- Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
- It can be done!
- Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
- Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
- You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
- Check small things.
- Share credit.
- Remain calm. Be kind.
- Have a vision. Be demanding.
- Don’t take the counsel of your fears or naysayers.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
Is General Powell correct here? Or can we lead by doing the opposite or not following these rules? Leaders – real leaders – will work to follow these rules. ‘Wanna-be’ leaders will disregard them.