Saturday, January 17, 2009

10 Takeaways for Leaders

1. Leaders set the tone. Don't be passive or tolerate virulent divisions.

2. Leaders must insist that everyone speak out loud in front of the others, even -- or especially -- when there are vehement disagreements.

3. A leader must do the homework to master the fundamental ideas and concepts behind his policies. Leaders should not micromanage, but understanding the ramifications of his positions cannot be outsourced to anyone.

4. Leaders need to draw people out and make sure bad news makes it to the top.

5. Leaders need to foster a culture of skepticism and doubt.

6. Leaders get contradictory data, and they need a rigorous way to sort it out.

7. Leaders must tell the hard truth to their Sailors, even if that means delivering very bad news.

8. Righteous motives are not enough for effective command policy.

9. Leaders must insist on strategic thinking.

10. Leaders should embrace transparency. Some version of every truth will always make it out to the command -- and everyone will be better off if that version is as accurate as possible.

Taken from Bob Woodward's (Washington Post) "Ten Takeaways from the Bush Years"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

To be the leader of the free world is an almost impossible and mostly thankless position to be in, especially if one has to make the hard choices that President Bush had to make during his tenure. His predecessor made little effort to fulfill his duty to his country by his oath of office, leaving the full brunt of it for President Bush, who at least took action on everything he and his team deemed actionable. The liberal press including Mr. Woodward who makes his exclusive report on how leadership should be conducted. He reports after the fact by as much as 5 or 6 years, he could possibly have considered being expedient with his reporting. Shows a lack of leadership to this Sailor.

Very Respectfully,