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TRANSITIONING TO LEADERSHIP

Many CEOS and coaches give their definitions of leadership, and there are many similarities. I pass on this one from the Corner Office column in the New York Times Sunday Business section (1/6/13) from an interview with G. J. Hart, CEO and president of California Pizza Kitchen.

  1. Be the best you can be, including honest about your good and bad qualities and things to improve.
  2. Dream big. Stretch or you don’t get started, even if you never get there, it’s a motivation.
  3. Lead with your heart first, showing your compassion.
  4. Trust the people you lead. Let go when appropriate. Allow others to grow. Leaders pick people back up if they fall down.
  5. Do the right thing, always, including giving a second chance to people you believe in.
  6. Serve the people you lead. Put the cause before yourself, and be willing to see it through.

Hart says #4 is often the hardest for young people. It takes time to build confidence in yourself and get over the insecurity that may come from lack of experience as a manager or leader.

What do you think of these steps or principles? Do they resonate with you? What would you add or subtract?

Phyllis Weiss Haserot     www.pdcounsel.com

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