I humbly wish I had learned this a long time ago. I sincerely wish others would learn this now.
Our last day of class at the CIA featured a lecture on leadership. As a former president of the largest advertising agency in the United States, our teacher is currently on the Board of Trustees at CIA. He is a keen wine enthusiast and consultant with many restaurants in New York City as well as the West Coast. He knows his food and his people. These are my take-away notes from the time he spent with us on Friday afternoon. I believe it should be shared.
- Show you care. Be Compassionate. To Everyone.
- People listen to your words and try to understand what you said. Be Specific.
- People watch everything you do and evaluate how you do things.
- People want you to lead them.
- Be technically proficient. Be better, faster, cleaner than your people at their jobs but never wield that as power.
- Know yourself and constantly seek improvement.
- Know your people and look out for their welfare.
- Keep your people informed. Transparency on all matters builds relationships.
- Train people as a team.
- Develop a sense of accountability, ownership, and responsibility within everyone you work with.
- Take responsibility for all of your actions. Everything is your fault.
- Tell more stories, the context makes it easier to interalize values and lessons.
- Have a purpose. Define that purpose clearly. Have a purpose.