Dr Ali Bacher
spoke at our Toastmasters conference in May. Here are a few lessons from him.
- Return correspondence within 24 hours
- Brevity – 2 pages (both speaking and writing)
- Workplace structures are meaningless (my version is that titles are meaningless)
- Look after quality people that make it happen
- If you pay peanuts you get monkeys
- Keep your door open
- Promote performers
- Give responsibility to people you have confidence in
- Give small gestures of appreciation
- Be honest – never lie
- Never break your word
- Always settle out of court
- Never record your feelings at the time, wait until you have cooled down
- To learn respect, set the example
- Fly economy class with your staff!
- You have a responsibility to transfer your skills
- Things don’t just happen; be proactive
I have just finished reading a remarkable book – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – by John Maxwell.
This is really quite an amazing book. It is written in 21 chapters, each of which discusses a different aspect of leadership. The laws that he describes are simple, understandable and easy to apply.
In Toastmasters, we often say that “facts tell while stories sell.” This book is a perfect example of that expression. It is filled with stories taken from all over the world which illustrate the laws of leadership. Amongst others, he draws on his own life, American history, sport, Churchill, Napoleon and even our own Nelson Mandela!
Just three of the laws are:
- The law of process – leadership develops daily, not in a day
- The law of connection – leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand
- The law of empowerment – only secure leaders give power to others
The book is very easy reading, yet filled with powerful lessons. If you have not read it, I highly recommend that you find a copy and read it. It will help in your business, friendships and relationships.