Wednesday, February 20, 2013


For various reasons, I have been thinking about leadership lately. Having had the privilege of working for an excellent leader and visionary, I can tell you that just being around good leaders makes life a little bit better. Makes you try harder, makes you see the future more clearly, makes working hard feel right.

Anyways, so I went to a talk on leadership last night from a previous mayor of Los Angeles. Interesting man, some good lessons. He said there are four or five traits you must have to be a leader.

  1. Have the courage to make hard decisions.
  2. Care for everyone you meet, from the janitor on up.
  3. Empower others to do good work.
  4. Relentlessly pursuit your goals - be a closer.
The fifth thing - have a sense of humor - is not something you can necessarily teach. But he did think it was an important quality in a leader.

Other highlights from the talk were:

  • If you make a mistake, admit it with confidence. The biggest mistake you can make is to not do something.
  • And, it's much easier to get forgiveness than permission. 


Ang said...

i like those dude....i got a little choked up reading them actually.....haha!

Randi said...

You make a strong leader, Coddie. I'd totally join your cult.

Christine said...

I LOVE the idea of number 2. I've seen so many faculty treat their supporting staff like crap and it reflects in the amount of stuff people are willing to do for you/with you. I think you need to remember that EVERYONE, even the janitor, is a moving cog in the wheel, and you should APPRECIATE THEM ALL! Thanks for the reminder, dude! Always a good one!