Brent Filson's Leadership Maxims
Authority is a poor excuse for leadership. Poor leaders order
people to do a job. Action leaders have those people choose
to be the cause leaders of that job -- for more results faster,
continually. –Brent Filson
We will never know how really good we are unless we are leading
people to be better than they think they are. –Brent Filson
The best way to communicate an idea is to bundle it in a human
being. –Brent Filson
In the long run, the most important results of leadership
are not what we achieve but what we become in that achieving.
If a portion of the people aren't angry with you, you're not
leading well enough. –Brent Filson
Leaders do nothing more important than get results. If you're
not getting results, you're not a leader, no matter what your
official position is. –Brent Filson
The most enduring rewards of leadership come not from balance
books but from human relationships. –Brent Filson
If you can't get results, you won't be a leader for long.
Every organization badly needs good leadership. Being a good
leader has nothing to do with your being equipped with advanced
degrees or seniority. Being a good leader has everything to
do with doing one thing well. You have to be able to build
and motivate teams that get results. –Brent Filson
Results are limitless. Leaders who don't believe that don't
know much about results or leadership. –Brent Filson
Great results happen only in the realm of the people's free
choice. –Brent Filson
Most leaders strive to get either the wrong results or the
right results in the wrong ways. –Brent Filson
The highest multiplier of results is the lowest common denominator
of small unit leadership. –Brent Filson
Poor results are less harmful than mediocre results disguised
as good results. –Brent Filson
Getting along is not necessarily getting results. –Brent Filson
We can't know how good we are without many times failing to
be better than we are. –Brent Filson
The shortsighted view of results is that they are an end.
The longsighted view of results is that they are a process.
Great results are often the byproduct of a passionate commitment
to something else. –Brent Filson
Leadership is not a measure of results. Results are a measure
of leadership. –Brent Filson
The lowest forms of leadership involve rewards and punishments.
Poor performance is less harmful than mediocre performance
disguised as good performance. –Brent Filson
If you can't feel it, you can't lead it, and they won't do
it. –Brent Filson
To know who we are, we must realize what we know. To realize
what we know, we must live what we know. To live what we know,
we must seek what we know in our living. –Brent Filson
The difference between leaders is ears. –Brent Filson
The difference between leaders is the price they can get others
to pay. –Brent Filson
Good leaders are always underpaid, poor leaders always overpaid.
An indifferent leader can't. –Brent Filson
When you take over a team that can't do the job, you're in
the right job. When you take over a team that can do the job,
you're in the wrong job. –Brent Filson
Succeeding through leadership for Deep Results is like getting
burning done through composting. –Brent Filson
Leadership advances not just by the perfections of social
harmonies but by the imperfections of getting on each other's
nerves. –Brent Filson
Leadership for Deep Results must surprise. –Brent Filson
Be magnificent on the inside, ordinary and modest on the outside.
The most important things that we learn as leaders for Deep
Results are those things that we already know. –Brent Filson
As a leader, hide your intelligence. Let others discover it.
They're discoveries are always more important to them than
your displays. –Brent Filson
Most leaders are, unfortunately, confused followers. –Brent
A leader is not just somebody who leads but who has learned
how to teach others to lead. –Brent Filson
The enmity of others is the door prize of all leadership.
In leading for Deep Results, by all means over estimate your
abilities. You will suffer for it — but much less than if
you underestimated your abilities. –Brent Filson
Veracity is the ignition switch for leadership for Deep Results.
The most important leadership knowledge we acquire is often
what we do not know we have acquired. –Brent Filson
When you are a leader it's not what the people say and do
in your presence that counts. What counts is what they say
and do away from your presence. –Brent Filson
The best gauge of your leadership for Deep Results is their
leadership. –Brent Filson
Leadership is not about getting people to do what they want
to do. If people are doing what they want to do, our leadership
would not be necessary. Instead, it is getting people to do
what they don't want to do and be committed to doing it. –Brent
Leadership is not about leading an easy life for ourselves
— but a hard life for others. –Brent Filson
Accountability in leadership is not just what we accept, it's
who we are. –Brent Filson
If you don't know the difference between doing a task and
taking leadership of that task, you cannot "do" nor lead well.
Prosperity forges bad leaders, adversity forges good leaders.
Those leaders whom the gods wish to destroy are first called
brilliant. –Brent Filson
Who is the mediocre leader? It's that leader who hungers for
and usually gets the most applause. –Brent Filson
Faced with the easy way of getting results and the hard way
of getting results, most leaders invariably choose the latter,
convinced that it is the former. –Brent Filson
Leadership for Deep Results is not about having people treasure
you. It's about having people, through you, treasure themselves.
In leadership, seeing isn't believing. Believing is seeing.
The many arts of getting out of people's way are the fine
arts of leadership. –Brent Filson
© 1993-2007 Brent Filson. All rights reserved.
The author of 23 books, Brent Filson's most recent
books are: THE LEADERSHIP TALK: THE GREATEST LEADERSHIP TOOL
and 101 WAYS TO GIVE GREAT LEADERSHIP TALKS. He is founder
and president of The Filson Leadership Group, Inc. - and for
more than 21 years has been helping leaders of top companies
worldwide get audacious results. Sign up for his free leadership
e-zine and get a free white paper: "49 Ways To Turn Action
Into Results," at http://www.actionleadership.com
For more of Brent Filson’s leadership maxims, see his book,
Authority Is A Poor Excuse For Leadership.
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