Keys to Leadership

1.The leader leads. He exercises critical judgment, which will have a great impact on his people.
2.The leader defines the company. The leader’s responsibility is to explicitly present and advocate the company’s purposes and goals.
3.The leader inspires. He gives sense and meaning to the job. He makes his people realize, that beyond profit there is an underlying meaning, value, and deeper reason for the work they do.
4.The leader should be the evangelist. He should be able to exercise his influence, to sell the values of ethical conduct.
5.The leader must see the company as a coherent whole. He should be aware of the diversity in the company and bring this together to promote the whole.
6.The leader must know that there is no better way to create a family in the workplace than to encourage the family at home. Harman International introduced the anti-domestic violence program in the company, which reinforces the idea that the company cares.
7.The leader should never underestimate the value of disciplined hard work.
8.The leader empowers subordinates to do their jobs. He should institute programs for the guidance and training of his people. He should always keep the lines of communication open.
9.The leader promotes closure. He should know the right time to get things done.
10.The leader knows what he doesn’t know. The leader is not afraid to ask clarifications, if he does not understand a particular subject.
11.The leader knows the meaning of two minutes. He should respect the time of others and that of his own.
12.The leader teaches.
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14.Above all, the leader develops others. As Lao Tzu advanced: “the leader having accomplished great things, the people all feel they did it themselves…”
15.The very best leaders go beyond the mere setting of example. He should be able to cause a leap of imagination and faith in his people.
16.The leader recognizes that people are often at their very best the moment they have been let go. There are times when an employee doesn’t like the work anymore, or he is unable to appreciate how the whole enterprise works- this is the time to set him free

From
Mind Your Own Business A Maverick’s Guide to Business, Leadership and Life By Sidney Harman

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