What Would You Add to the Leadership List?

Call Center Cafe recently posted Theo Gilbert-Jamison's top ten commandments to effective leadership:

  1. Purpose
  2. Respect
  3. Excellence
  4. Teamwork
  5. Accountability
  6. Character
  7. Change
  8. Communication
  9. Self-development
  10. Vision

Thanks, Theo! You've given us a great list, though even she admits that it's not inclusive. So, where does she hit the mark? What is she missing? What do you value in leaders that you don't see on the list?

Here are a few things I value in leaders that I'd add to Theo's list:

  • Faith – Great leaders have faith in their teams, believing in their value and capability.
  • Perseverance – Great leadership emerges out of great difficulty. Leaders endure tough times.
  • Positive attitude – As a Vikings fan (don't hold it against me), I've noticed this year that when his team is down late in the game facing impossible odds, Brett Favre always walks to the huddle with a smile on his face. Leaders are motivators through their smile, and their joy in the task.

What would you add to the list?

  2 comments for “What Would You Add to the Leadership List?

  1. January 9, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Don’t forget creativity. That’s an important trait too.

  2. Tier_1_Support_Lou
    October 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I’d say Caring. All great leaders make their followers feel as though they care for them. Even if it’s not each individual, it’s that the leader genuinely cares about the well being of the group and is looking out for them.

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