Dr. Henry Cloud writes in his book 9 Things a Leader Must do:
- Successful leaders explore their deep hearts and invest in their inner desires and drives. What did you dream of doing as a child or in high school…. What were you naturally great at doing?
- Successful leaders do not allow negative things to take up space in their lives. (if you can’t fix the bad stuff: people, programs, facilities… get rid of it; fill the cavity or pull the tooth)
- Successful leaders evaluate their decisions in the present based on how they will affect the future.- they don’t watch just one scene…they watch the entire movie. Where will your camp be in 3 or 5 years; what can you do now to prevent this, or to ensure you get a happy ending to your movie?
- Successful leaders continually ask themselves, “What can I do to make this situation better?” … and then they do something about it. Do something… make a move!
- Successful leaders achieve big goals by taking small steps over time. Henry Ford said: “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” Wanting it all and wanting it now are sisters that usually keep us from accomplishing anything.
- Successful leaders develop the ability to hate the right things well: he hates the following things: arrogance, lying, innocent people being hurt, harmful schemes, evil practices, telling lies about others, and things that stir up dissension among people? I (Earl) hate surprises and duplicity (lack of openness and honesty). I hate complicated. I hate elephants in the room. I hate excuses! I hate unfulfilled promises.
- Successful leaders give back better than they are given. That means that if I make a mistake, I want you to help me, not get back at me. People who succeed in leadership and life do not go around settling scores. They do not even keep score.
- Successful leaders do not strive to be or to appear more than they really are. In other words, they are who they are. They know what they know and what they don’t know. They know what they are good at and what they need to learn. If they need to find something out, they do so, rather than act like they know it already. Humility is not having a need to be or appear to be more than you are. Leaders—they are not surprised that they make mistakes; as a result, they can identify with others who do, give to them, and not judge them or wrongly judge themselves.
- Successful leaders do not make decisions based on the fear of other people’s reactions. Successful leaders decide to do what is right first and deal with the fallout second. Successful leaders are going to tick some people off!