Through many years of research and experience, we discovered many practices employed by good leaders. Some practices were well known. Others were surprises.
We’ve now compiled an alphabetical guide of these practices: A-to-Z Guide to Good Leadership Practices.
The full guide contains more than 200 entries, and it’s chock full of actionable tips for leading well.
Below is a sampler of entries from that guide. (Note: Underlined words have a link to a relevant article on that topic.)
- Accountable: Good leaders hold themselves and others accountable.
- Aim: A good leader’s overarching aim is to build an organization that is excellent, ethical, and enduring.
- Audacious: Good leaders set audacious goals when appropriate and pursue them with abandon.
- Balance: Good leaders balance their professional and personal lives and help their followers do so as well.
- Believe: Good leaders believe in the inherent capabilities of people.
- Breakdown: Good leaders pay attention to the early warning signs of potential breakdowns and work proactively to avoid them.
- Burnout: Good leaders avoid burnout for themselves and their colleagues.
- Care: Good leaders sincerely care for people and show it consistently.
- Casualties: Good leaders refuse to tolerate toxic behavior even from star performers, and they turn jerks, know-it-alls, and bad apples into casualties, removing them from the organization when necessary.
- Celebrate: Good leaders celebrate people and their efforts regularly.
- Change: Good leaders embrace change to help people get to a better place.
- Credibility: Good leaders recognize that credibility is the foundation of leadership, and that people must be able to believe in their leaders.
- Culture: Good leaders create a healthy organizational culture.
- Derailers: Good leaders develop their self-awareness through reflection and solicitation of feedback to know what inhibits their leadership effectiveness.
- Develop: Good leaders develop people intentionally, systematically, and generously.
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- Ego: Good leaders have their egos under control, focusing on serving others instead of advancing their own personal agenda and needs.
- Ethical: Good leaders do the right thing, even when it’s costly or hard.
- Excellent: Good leaders achieve excellent results with positive impact.
- Feedback: Good leaders thrive on giving and receiving feedback.
- Group: Good leadership is a group performance, not a solo act.
Above there are 20 entries. In the full guide, again, there are 200-plus recommendations on how to be a good leader.
We hope you gain helpful tips from our A-to-Z Guide to Good Leadership Practices. Wishing you well with your leadership quest. The world needs your leadership!
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