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16 Things Every Leader Should Know

Short on time and in need of some inspiration? Leadership advisor Lee Colan shares some of the insights he's gleaned from 25 years in the business.
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Having spent the past 25 years both serving leaders and leading others myself, I've been fortunate enough to have amassed some practical perspectives on a number of different aspects of business. Like most leaders, your time is valuable (and probably very limited), so I've tried to boil those insights down to their crux and present them in a very concise manner. 

On Attitude:
•    Life's rewards go to those who let their actions rise above their excuses.
•    A life filled with positive attitude is also filled with positive impact.
•    Those who give the best of themselves get the best from others.
•    A single act does make a difference; it creates a ripple effect that can be felt many miles and people away.

On Execution:
•    A good plan gets you into the race, but execution propels you into the winner’s circle.
•    Saying "Yes" to one thing always means saying "No" to something else.
•    Measure what matters, then manage what you measure.
•    A blurred vision yields diffused efforts.

On Growth:
•    High revenue growth forgives many sins.
•    Growth comes when you get off the treadmill of working in the business and step into the eagle’s nest to work on the business.
•    The entrepreneur says, “The next deal is king,” while the leader says, “The customer is king.”

On Communication:
•    Those who underestimate the intelligence of their employees generally overestimate their own.
•    Great leaders appreciate their employees, not just their contributions.
•    Employees who are searching for answers typically fill in the blanks with the worst case scenario.

On Change:
•    Live your company values before you communicate them.
•    Culture change is nothing more than behavior change.

 Find more practical words to lead by read free book chapters from the author's book Leadership Matters for more insights and inspiration.

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Last updated: Feb 19, 2014

LEE COLAN | Columnist

Lee Colan is founder of the L Group, a consulting firm that equips and inspires leaders at every level. He is a leadership adviser, presenter of practical ideas, and a Thinkers 50 nominee for Top Management Thinker.

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