There are literally thousands of books and articles written about leadership. They boil down to about six basic principles. Put them in practice, and you’re on your way to becoming a leader. If you continue to study great leaders, you’ll refine your own leadership style and, possibly, become great yourself.
Regardless of the type of organization they work for, effective leaders follow the same principles and practices. Even the Mafia employs leadership best practices—great leaders aren’t limited to positive organizations.
The basics are as follows:
• Know your values and live them every day.
• Clearly communicate your goals and standards.
• Be aware of your behavior style and how you interact with others.
• Hire great people, give ...