10 Commandments of Leadership – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 50

10 Commandments of Leadership

I’m still on a high from Convention this week, and as I was going through my emails, I came across this email that caught my eye.  It was titled, “10 Commandments of Leadership” and as many of you know, “The 10 Commandments” is one of my favorite movies.  I was intrigued to see what was in store, and boy was I glad to open this email.

Here’s what was in the email:

In my office, on the wall next to my desk hangs the 10 Commandments of Leadership. I not only see them, but read them every single day!
 For all of you who are called to lead, they are a great reminder of what we should do:
  1. People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered (including me). Love them anyway.
  2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
  3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
  4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
  5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
  6. The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the littlest people with the littlest ideas. Think big anyway.
  7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
  8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
  9. People really need help, but may attack you if you do help them. Help them anyway.
  10. Give the world the best you have and you will get kicked in the teeth. Give the best you have anyway.
I recommend that you print these out and read them every day and see what an impact they can have on you and your leadership!
To your success,
Chris Widener

This was EXACTLY what I needed to see today to really solidify what must be done in my life every single day.  There are many out there who are unethical, greedy, willing to stomp you to the ground and will just not support you along your journey.  It’s easy to react or take it to heart, but when you know you’re going along the right path and doing things where in the end, you can sleep at night with a clear conscience, that’s all that matters.

I plan to copy these commandments, make them visible and look to and read them every single day as is suggested by Chris Widener.  I would even take it a step further and read each one aloud.  To me, that gives it more life and validity.

To all my fellow leaders out there who may be misunderstood or sometimes on your own, keep pressing forward, stay the course, and the right people will learn from your example.