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Leadership’s Top Ten (Part Two)

Posted by: In: From the Fellowship 20 Jun 2012 Comments: 0 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

by Dr. David Robinson

(Part Two)

6.  Create, develop and strengthen accountability through trust.

Trust is the glue and lubricant of every organization.  To gain trust, you must be trust worthy. You have to be worthy of trust and reliable. You must give trust to receive trust.  Trust is your license for giving leadership.  If you lose your “Trust License,” it is extremely difficult to get back.  In most cases, you never regain the same level while leading the same team.

 If you want to be trusted, you have to be vulnerable. Your values clear, your expectations understood, predictable, consistent, candid and forthright. You can have trust without accountability but you cannot have accountability without trust.

7.  How you handle challenges reveals your character, develops your leadership skills and determines your impact.

All significant accomplishments involve adversity, change and challenges.  Great leaders are not the product of an easy road and protected environment.  You learn more from your failures than your successes.

You must learn how to overcome – not just avoid the tough times.  Wisdom will help you avoid many things but not all things.  Set backs and adversity make some of life’s best teachers.  Use them to your advantage and never a gage of success or failure.

8.  Model the behavior you desire in others.

Your behavior must be based on your values or you forfeit your leadership influence, even if not your position.  Your greatest leadership influence is the model you live not the position you hold or the title you carry.  Your greatest leadership strength should be the example you set.  DWYSYWD!  Your actions must be consistent with your articulation.  What you say may be interesting, thoughtful or even inspiring but what you do is crucial.

Admit your mistakes and move on.  Make restitution if necessary – it builds confidence and earns trust.  Your words and actions are audible and visible reminders to your team of what is and is not important.

9.  Maintain a learning curve.

It must be a core value.  When you stop learning, you stop growing and death has set in.  When you think you know it all – begin again – you may have missed something.  What you learn after you know it all separates great leaders from average and good.

Learning is a passionate pursuit not a goal to accomplish.  It takes time, effort and focus.  Genius is not the quantity of what you know, but the revelation there is more to learn.  It requires a strategy for growth that includes goals and objectives.  Leaders who stop growing in leadership skills and knowledge should be replaced.

10.  Lead from the heart – not just the head.

You must love what you do and show it to those who help you do it.  You show you care by paying attention, making people feel important and empowering your team for their destiny.

Leaders should not ignore the emotional element vital in energizing individuals and teams.  Challenges engage the hands.  Vision engages the feet.  Logic engages the mind, but only love and passion engage the heart. 


One of life’s tragedies is seeing a challenge and thinking it’s someone else’s responsibility.  A greater tragedy is thinking every challenge is your personal responsibility.  Great leadership is accepting only the challenges God has called and gifted you to solve.

At the end of your leadership journey, you will be remembered for two things – the problems you solved and the problems you created.  May God give you the wisdom to solve more than you create. 


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