Leadership Practices, Behaviors, and Commitments


I have been reading Execution and The Leadership Challenge, which both cover the practices, behaviors, and commitments that a leader should master. The list below is how I merge the topics of these two books into something more logical to me, hopefully for you too.


 


Leader Commitment #1: Challenge the processes that constrain your organization


   Action Item: Seek challenging opportunities to grow, change, innovate, and improve.


   Action Item: Know the people in your business, which includes employees, partners (internal and external), customers (internal and external), and competitors.  


 


Leader Commitment #2: Inspire a shared vision that becomes the force that invents the future for your organization.


   Action Item: Envision a future that is uplifting and ennobling that improves your co-workers’ lives and prepares your company’s future.


   Action Item: Experiment, take risks, and learn from your mistakes.


   Action Item: Regularly communicate the vision, and be consistent.


 


Leader Commitment #3: Enable others to act by giving them a sense of ownership.


   Action Item: Appeal to other people’s values, dreams, and hopes to share your common vision.


   Action Item: Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust.


   Action Item: Think and speak realistically (don’t distort facts) and insist that others do the same


   Action Item: Define a manageable set clear goals and prioritize them appropriately.


   Action Item: Follow through on commitments and goals and be persistent to keep projects on track.


 


Leader Commitment #4: Set an example and be willing to be the first to change or take on a new challenge


   Action Item: Strengthen others, give away power, assign critical tasks, and offer support.


   Action Item: Make your behavior consistent with your shared personal values


   Action Item: Achieve small wins that promote consistent progress and build commitment


   Action Item: Share your experience and perspectives by coaching colleagues


   Action Item: Know your own skills, strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies so you can leverage what you’re good at and improve what you’re bad at


 


Leader Commitment #5: Encourage the heart and rally the troops to help people persevere through difficult times


   Action Item: Recognize individual contributions with rewards that have personal meaning to them


   Action Item: Celebrate team achievements


   Action Item: Link rewards (compensation, etc.) to performance


 

Comments (3)
  1. DJ Jazzy Jeff says:

    The Leadership Challenge is an excellent book. I will have to take a look at Execution. Thanks for merging the two together.

  2. skialta says:

    very cool, I will print this out for future reference.

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