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The 9 Core Principles of Leadership

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D Eisenhower
Visionaries fill the top leadership roles. Two notable figures in American history whose vision had a universal impact are Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy. Their speeches, (“I’ve got a dream”) and (“Man on the Moon”) respectively, were a testament to their exceptional ability to both lead and inspire people to join their cause. So, what makes a great leader and how does it apply to business?
Effective leaders have a full understanding of the following core principles of leadership:
Perpetual Learning: Although leaders have the required expertise and knowledge, they commit to lifelong learning and acquire new skills to benefit their companies. As avid readers, they study people who made a mark on the world through solid leadership qualities.
Composure: A necessary element great leaders share is behavior control. Napoleon said, “The first qualification of a general is a cool head.” Leaders are the “generals” of their corporations.
Goals First: Leaders’ number one priority is their vision, which comes before everything else; they never lose sight of their vision and goal.
Generosity: Generosity is a quality that great leaders own. They give freely of themselves and their knowledge and show well-deserved appreciation to employees through incentives. This proven strategy increases retention rates, eliminates new hire and onboarding costs and motivates employees to go the extra mile.
Humble Attitude: Leaving ego and pretension at the door is a requirement for leadership. Company heads rear off their path of success when they allow ego to replace altruism and pretension to replace humility. They also welcome criticism and view it as a learning tool; they realize that they are not exempt from imperfection.
Right and Wrong: Great corporate heads take pride in doing what’s right, regardless of the consequences. Morality sets a great example in the workplace.
Driving Change: Leaders get behind the wheel to drive change within their organization while adapting to the routine changes in the business. Sitting back and waiting for something to fall into their laps is not an option; instead, they make the first move and seek new opportunities.
Objectivity: Looking through the lens of objectivity is a common trait of good corporate leaders. Subjectivity is not part of the mix; perception is not reality.
Inclusion: Teams in your workplace can make or break a business. Good leaders include their employees in planning and goal-setting meetings. It shows staff their value, expresses appreciation, and leads to higher productivity and a more favorable bottom line.
Summary: Leadership is not automatic. Although there are born leaders, most have learned and practiced for years before reaching their full potential. The above principles are just a sampling. When leaders adopt these core principles, they are on their way to success for self, for their employees, and their company.
The core principles of leadership are universal lessons that one can apply in any industry. Fully understanding and applying these principles allows corporate heads to execute them in any situation.
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