10 Leadership Lessons You Don’t Want to Learn the Hard Way

10 Leadership Lessons You Don’t Want to Learn the Hard Way

If you’ve ever managed people, chances are you’ve had your share of sure-fire leadership successes, along with a few tough missteps and “wish I had knowns”—and probably learned a thing or two from all three.

Let’s save you from having to figure out those leadership lessons the hard way, on your own.

In no particular order, here are a few essential threads of leadership wisdom we’ve collected over the years to add to your playbook.

  • Your company’s values and your personal values must be compatible.
  • Differentiation breeds meritocracy. Sameness breeds mediocrity.


  • Creating an environment of candor and trust is a must.
  • Attracting, developing and retaining world-class talent is your never-ending job.
  • You must distinguish between coachable development needs in your people and fatal flaws.
  • Simple, consistent, focused communications travel faster and are understood better by the organization.


  • There is nothing more developmental and illuminating than dealing with adversity.
  • Over time, you have to develop a real generosity gene—and love to see each person on your team earn raises, get promotions and grow personally.
  • Continuous learning is critical to success—make it a priority.

We welcome each of you to add your own favorites to the list.

This article was originally published on LinkedIn

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