“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” Peter F. Drucker

  1. Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character.” Vince Lombardi
  2. An insanely great leader shares the company’s vision, anticipates the future and identifies opportunities before others do.
  3. They hire the right people to create brilliant teams
  4. They develop and promote a positive attitude on a daily basis.
  5. They are always looking for fresh approaches to long-term problems
  6. They maintain their composure under constant pressure.
  7. They are life long learners
  8. They accept new ways of doing things that someone else thought of.
  9. They have the ability to adapt to change and embrace it where necessary
  10. They take  time to mentor and equip employees to become  experts on their own tasks and ideas.
  11. They acknowledge and motivate employees who achieve the high expectations.
  12. “Always have people smarter than you are,” – Hord Tipton
  13. “Revisit your leadership skill-set annually and create an action plan to improve every year,” Brian Dean.
  14. They make a strong effort to improve and focus on their communication skills to come across as proactive and strong.
  15. They start with a final goal in mind
  16. Insanely great leaders know how to effectively delegate.
  17. They are able to step-back to understand the details, get all of the facts, collaborate when needed.
  18. They are relentless in their acquisition of skills.
  19. They are not afraid to Experiment – an ability to try out new things
  20. They are not  isolated and insulated; instead they are at the grassroots level and maintain an open door policy
  21. They have the  perseverance to accomplish a goal, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
  22.  They constantly exchange information, thoughts and feelings openly and honestly.
  23. They mentor their team to always assume they have permission to do things their way.
  24. Insanely great leaders  influence people to make things happen, rather than tell people to make things happen.

Having the right leadership habits is an important part of effective management; a masters in engineering management teaches these habits in a university setting.

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Theodore Roosevelt

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