Rules to Lead By

Aug 19, 2013 by

  1. Respond appropriately – When staff needs a volunteer leader to answer a question, make a decision, or give direction, a good leader does so promptly. You need to set up expectations in advance for how and when you will respond to staff questions and requests, but doing so promptly is important to being a successful leader. Good leaders make sure they are not a speed bump in the organizations road to success. Make simple decision quickly, accept staff recommendations for less important things, and save your critical thinking for the important things.
  2. Be a timely leader – Always be on time for meetings, start the meeting on time and, if possible, end it early. Leaders set the pace for the organization. If you are always late, slow to get through the agenda (get stuff done), then the entire organization will follow your lead.
  3. Have thick skin – One of my favorite sayings is “no good deed goes unpunished, but do good deeds anyway.” Even the best decisions will have detractors and naysayers. If you are doing the right thing, for the right reasons, you will still be punished as the leader. Lead anyway.



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