16 Lessons from Dr Ali Backer

Ali Bacher and ,me

Dr Ali Bacher

spoke at our Toastmasters conference in May. Here are a few lessons from him.

  1. Return correspondence within 24 hours
  2. Brevity – 2 pages (both speaking and writing)
  3. Workplace structures are meaningless (my version is that titles are meaningless)
  4. Look after quality people that make it happen
  5. If you pay peanuts you get monkeys
  6. Keep your door open
  7. Promote performers
  8. Give responsibility to people you have confidence in
  9. Give small gestures of appreciation
  10. Be honest – never lie
  11. Never break your word
  12. Always settle out of court
  13. Never record your feelings at the time, wait until you have cooled down
  14. To learn respect, set the example
  15. Fly economy class with your staff!
  16. You have a responsibility to transfer your skills
  17. Things don’t just happen; be proactive

15 leadership traits

Here are 15 traits of leadership to consider…


  1. Learn from each other
  2. Learn from themselves
  3. Treat mistakes as a learning opportunity
  4. Hold themselves accountable
  5. Hold others accountable
  6. Live leadership ? don?t switch it on and off
  7. Admit their mistakes
  8. Know their own shortcomings
  9. Make decisions and take action
  10. Don?t procrastinate
  11. Listen to others
  12. Have an open mind
  13. Lead from the front
  14. Get their hands dirty
  15. Find opportunity in every situation.

What is great about this list is that all of these traits can be learned!

Which of these characteristics do you have?

Which of these characteristics do you see in others?