Monday, August 8, 2016

Seven leadership lessons

I wanted to highlight this op-ed from Randy Johnson (Hennepin County Commissioner). Johnson writes in the July 25 Leadership Edge for the National Association of Counties with seven lessons for aspiring leaders. Johnson is about to retire after 38 years in public service, and he shares these lessons for aspiring leaders:
  1. Decide whether or not to take it on in the first place
  2. Go beyond the talking points
  3. Understand your opponents' arguments
  4. Build coalitions
  5. Never burn bridges
  6. Leadership means different things
  7. Be flexible, and remember rule #1
Johnson's article goes into more depth, but you should recognize several of the above as themes from Coaching Buttons, especially about building relationships. Take a moment to read Johnson's article.

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