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12 Laws of Leadership

I love coming across old things that I forgot about.

I came across the 12 Laws of Leadership from Good Boss. Bad Boss.

Which I loved.

Here are my favorite laws.


1. I have a flawed and incomplete understanding of what it feels like to work for me.

2. My success— and that of my people— depends largely on being the master of obvious and mundane things.

4. One of the most important, and most difficult, parts of my job is to strike the delicate balance between being too assertive and not assertive enough.

5. My job is to serve as a human shield, to protect my people from external intrusions, distractions, and idiocy of every stripe— and to avoid imposing my own idiocy on them as well.

7. I aim to fight as if I am right, and listen as if I am wrong— and to teach my people to do the same thing.

8. One of the best tests of my leadership— and my organization— is “What happens after people make a mistake?”

10. Bad is stronger than good. It is more important to eliminate the negative than to accentuate the positive.

11. How I do things is as important as what I do.

12. Because I wield power over others, I am at great risk of acting like an insensitive jerk— and not realizing it.


So glad I came across them again!

A great and needed reminder.

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