Nowhere in the Bible did God call anyone to an easy task.  Leadership is hard.  It is uphill.  There is a price to pay.  Leadership is tough but at the same time, so rewarding.  Today, I was clearing out some old USA Today articles and identified 8 Lessons Only The Best Leaders Know.

  1. Great Leaders Have Intelligence, Innovation, Character, Organizational and Leadership Skills, Commanding Presence, Stellar Reputation, and a Myriad Of Life Experience – When announcing Frank Reich as the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, owner Jim Irsay gave 8 reasons Reich was the perfect candidate, “Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organization and leadership skills, and a commanding presence.  He also has a stellar reputation, and his myriad of life experiences and the people he has worked with make him the perfect fit for us and our fans.” – February 11, 2018
  2. Master The Rules First And Then You Can Break Them – When describing Oklahoma Sooners superstar freshman Trae Young’s game, a rival coach said, “What’s often overlooks about Young is is how fundamentally sound he is; he can break the conventional rules of basketball because he’s already learned how to to play within them.” – January 23, 2018
  3. Time Is Your Most Irreplaceable Leadership Commodity – Brendan Witcher, principal analyst of Forrester Research, said, “73% of consumers we’ve surveyed say one of the things they most want from a company is that it values their time.  Amazon Go does that.” – January 22, 2018
  4. If You Want Success Hire Someone Who Has Been There Before  – Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said when hiring 71-year-old Tom Coughlin as the team’s executive vice president, “Last year, the thing that was lacking was that we needed some veteran leadership.  You want to build an elite team that competes for championships?  Your chances are better if you do it with someone who’s done it.” – January 19, 2018
  5. Complacency Is An Enemy Of Success – Miami Hurricanes head football coach Mark Richt said, “We’re just a team that’s trying to learn how to be winners, you know.  We feel like if we keep doing the things we’re doing and trying to get better in what we do and not get complacent in any way, we’ll be fine.” – November 3, 2017
  6. Change Generates Momentum – After starting a McPick 2 deal, expanding their gourmet sandwiches and offering delivery services, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said, “Momentum continued to build in the third quarter… We serve more customers more often.  Our U.S. business has regained its stride.” – October 25, 2017
  7. Great Teams Have Great Chemistry – World Series champion Houston Astros star Jose Altuve said, “This team gets along very well.  We have very good chemistry.”  General manager Jeff Luhnow added, “Be he and (Carlos) Correa take it to another level.  They can almost anticipate each other’s moves, which allows them to do things other combinations aren’t able to do.  It’s like watching art unfold before your eyes.” – October 25, 2017
  8. Great Leaders Gain Happiness By Saying “No” To Certain Things On Their Calendar – CNN anchor Poppy Harlow said, “I though having a jam-packed calendar would fulfill me.  I had confused being busy with being fulfilled.  It did the opposite.” – October 2, 2017

What is one thing you learned from this list which will make you a better leader?


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