David Kerpen wrote a book called Likeable Business. During the information collection stage for the book he also collected up some good insights on CEO leadership. As I reviewed his observations at LinkedIn I decided that I really liked them and wanted to repeat some of those insights here. His article is titled: 11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader. I also enjoyed the quotes he associated with each of the pillars.
He used the pyramid graphic above to illustrate his 11 concepts:
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway
“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” -Robert McAfee Brown
“I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” -Oprah Winfrey
“As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.” -John Whittier
5. Team Playing
“Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.” -SEAL Team Saying.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” -Charles Swindoll
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” -Ben Franklin
“The only way to do great work is to love the work you do.” -Steve Jobs
9. Surprise and Delight
“A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.” -Charles de Gaulle
“Less isn’t more; just enough is more.” -Milton Glaser
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and, that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” -Gilbert Chesterton
The Golden Rule: Above all else, treat others as you’d like to be treated.
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