Rudy Giuliani’s thoughts on leadership

Through this past week, By George has tweeted many quotes and insights relating to leadership. To follow up on our Twitter activity at @ByGeorgeJournal, here are six principles of crisis leadership from Rudy Giuliani, a man who has provided this world with a demonstrative definition of leadership. Giuliani’s six principles:

1. Have a Vision – having a plan and the ideas to make it a reality are the most important qualities a leader can have. You cant lead other people unless you stand for something.

2. Be an Optimist – When people follow, what theyre following are hopes, dreams, fulfillment of dreams. Theyre following solutions to problems.

3. Have Courage – Courage is managing fear. Its not the absence of fear.

4. Put in Hard Work – Hard work doesnt necessarily mean putting in long hours it means relentless preparation. Whatever the undertaking, you need to put the time into thinking through its every facet and the consequences of taking different routes. Relentless preparing for whats expected will help solve problems when faced with the unexpected.

5. Understand the Value of Teamwork – Learning how to compensate for your own deficiencies through teamwork is the mark of a successful leader. If you can figure out what those things are that you dont do well and you can get people to balance them with their strengths, your organization just got better.

6. Be a Communicator – You have to be able to get your ideas from you to other people a leader has to be able to teach the plan to other people.


By George Journal is posting a series of instructive articles entitled “#onwardupward” to help us all prepare for our post-Labour Day challenges. Look for daily articles through the up-coming weeks – and a special feature on this series on the holiday weekend.

(ed. – This article first appeared in the BGJ in Fall 2009.)



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