At graduation time, students leaving high school and college receive wisdom from prominent leaders. What should experienced leaders be reminded of periodically through their careers?
1. Work hard — earn your success.
2. Practice the Golden Rule. Treat everyone with respect, as you wish to be treated.
3. Follow a moral compass and maintain your ethical standards.
4. Keep learning.
5. Maintain a safety net of relationships. Leadership requires healthy relationships to support the application of learning resources on the job. A safety net can include coaches, mentors, peers and supervisors.
Experienced leaders need to be reminded of the factors that, along with hard work, contribute to sustained success: reliability and reciprocity, courage and commitment, adaptability and flexibility.