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10 Successful Leadership Keys

What are the keys to being a successfully productive leader?

  1. Prioritizing. As a successful leader, you must not only get a lot of things done, you must get the right things done. Twenty percent of your to do list should give you eighty percent of your results. To determine what your twenty percent should be, ask yourselves these questions:
  • What is required of me? (What must I do?)
  • What gives me the greatest return (What should I do?)
  • What is most rewarding to me? (Why do I love to do?)
  1. Be the team member you want to on the team.
  • Do what you say you will do.
  1. Translate personal productivity to leadership.
  2. Understand everyone’s productivity niche.
  3. Cast vision continually.
  4. Build your team.
  5. Use momentum to solve problems.
  6. Discern how team members affect momentum.
  7. Practice the 80/20 (Pareto) principle.
  8. Accept your role as a change agent; if you are a leader, you are a change agent.

“The leader is the servant who removes the obstacles that prevent people from doing their jobs.”

Reference: John C Maxwell (2011) The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential. New York: Center Street Publishing


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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