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Leadership Lessons from Dad

By November 5, 2013 No Comments

At Daxko, we have a great program called Leadership Academy to help rising leaders fine-tune their skills.  Topics span the gamut from Daxko’s Leadership Philosophy to Drive by Coaching Techniques.  Last year, I graduated from Leadership Academy with my M.D. (Master of Daxko!) with lots of great tools in my leadership toolbox.  Since then, I’ve been keeping my ears open for other words of wisdom to become the best leader that I can be.  Luckily, I didn’t have to look far at all.  My now-retired dad is a fountain of sage advice from his years as an executive at a natural gas company.  Here are the top pieces of advice he’s given to me over the years in being a strong leader:

  1. Find the best people you can to have on your team, give them clear expectations, and then get the heck outta their way.  Meddling and micromanaging is a waste of everyone’s time and undermines trust.
  2. When someone asks for your opinion, give it to them.  Be direct, honest, and fair.
  3. Stay out of corporate politics, period.  Nothing good will ever come of it.
  4. The golden rule applies in business, too.  Treat everyone fairly and as you would wish to be treated.

I’m lucky to have such a wonderful mentor.  Love you, Dad!

What are some pearls of leadership wisdom that you’ve learned from others?  Please share them here in our comments section!

Lisa H. is Director of Go-to-Market Strategy, and she thinks that Chex Mix and a Coke is the breakfast of champions.

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