10 Principles of Leadership Engagement

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10 Principles of Leadership Engagement

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Depending on the industry, sector, and employee demographics finding the right motivational charge can sometimes be challenging. Adding to the challenge are differences in leading during times of growth versus decline, amount of tenure a leader may have with the team, and even core organizational values such as the difference between for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Leadership Principles

Here are ten principles that engaging leaders exemplify:

  1. Know that every experience can work for you, or against you. The best part is that you get to decide.
  2. You may believe that staying the same is the safest bet, until you realize that staying the same has left you behind.
  3. Understand the hidden values in risk by knowing that your biggest regret won’t come from trying. It will come from failing to try.
  4. Competition should never break you down or hold you back, it should energize you.
  5. Facing problems and challenges illustrates courage and builds character. Avoiding them shows weakness and builds worry.
  6. Letting go can be as valuable as persistence because sometimes what you hold on to is what is holding you back.
  7. Strategy and action plans are critical. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably go nowhere.
  8. Building the team can be as simple as finding two people who are passionate and motivated about the cause, then join them and act like a crowd.
  9. Innovation drives results and following benchmarks will often lead to becoming second best. Consider that ridiculous ideas sometimes become unimaginable success stories.
  10. If you aren’t challenged you aren’t growing. Remember that on the other side of every challenge there is opportunity.

Some believe motivation only comes naturally, engaging leaders know that they can encourage the process.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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