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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lessons from The Journey of the Accidental Leader

This is the 2nd of several posts this week on my book The Journey of the Accidental Leader (HRD Press 2008).

Basic tenants of The Journey of the Accidental Leader follow:

1. Nobody knows what they’re doing until they do it. Most of us think that we’re never ready for a new promotion when it comes, especially when it’s thrust upon us. Truth be told, we adjust, learn and if we listen and respect those around us, we’ll actually thrive, not just survive.

2. You get what you give. Reciprocity is as old as mankind. People have been battering wood for meat since fire was discovered. We give and take favors every day, however slight or unconscious. Raising reciprocity to a conscious level makes more influential leaders of us all. The rule is simple, you get what you give, so give first the exact thing you’d like to get back in return. If it’s respect…give it first. If it’s loyalty, give it first.

Watch this space for the next tenants of The Journey of the Accidental Leader.

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