11 July 2014

Leadership Quotes - Leadership

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
- Gen. George S. Patton - on Leadership

It is a tough lesson to learn in leadership but it is OK for people to do a thing their own way, don't expect the team to do things the way you imagine, encourage their ingenuity. As long as the goal is clear you will be able to work with the team to measure the result against the intended goal and you'll help them grow. You never know, you may learn a thing or two yourself along the way.

4 July 2014

Leadership Quotes - Leadership

Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the 'ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome.' You must be willing to fire.
- Gen. George S. Patton - on Leadership

I learned the hard way a few years ago, when I was dropped in the deep end as the leader of an important project in a large organisation, that a leader has to be willing to make a call, stick their neck out and stand by their decision. I also learned that you should be willing to change your mind as soon as compelling evidence to the contrary is put before you. One thing I do know is that making clear decisions and explaining why has been a very powerful tool in helping me gain respect from the teams I have led, and has kept projects on the rails.

Gather the evidence, encourage opinion from the team, churn it all together and pick a direction. Change direction only when the evidence to do so is clear.