A = Attitude
One of 2 things within your control; attitude and effort! Attitude is everything, pick a good one.
B = Brave
When you believe strongly in something or perhaps it scares you a bit, let your courage shine through. Be brave enough to go first and model the way.
C = Character
This is your behavior when nobody is watching. You won't always have the training and education for the situations you find yourself in. Your strong character will get you through.
D = Dependable
You do what you say you will do. Strive for alignment of saying & doing.
E = Empathy
It's for others and yourself. You can't treat others better than you treat yourself.
F = Fear
The main job of leadership: pump fear out of the room!
G = Growth
Our biggest areas for growth live in our blind spots. This is why feedback is the breakfast of champions; ask for it and act on it!
H = Hypocrisy
Because you have it, you must constantly check in with yourself.
I = Integrity
"You're never wrong to do the right thing." -Mark Twain
J = Joy
Honoring people over process helps bring out the pleasure and happiness of getting meaningful things accomplished.
K = Kind
Everyone can be "nice". Strive to be kind to yourself and others, it'll be returned to you in spades.
L = Love
You will always find it hard to lead people if you don't love people. This starts with yourself.
Bonus "L" = Listen
Listen and silent use the same letters. Listen, learn, then lead.
M = Meaning
Know what your efforts mean to you personally, it'll be reflected in your behaviors. Actions display priorities.
N = Notice
What are you drawn to? What energizes you? What do you do that's effortless? Lean on these and help others do the same. These are your strengths.
O = Opportunities
Have an abundant mindset. This way you'll start seeing fewer issues and challenges and more ways to use your creativity and imagination.
P = Purpose
This is your honor code. It's why you get out of bed in the morning.
Q = Questions
Lifelong learners are curious. Never stop asking questions. Clarity fades quickly, always seek it.
R = Recognition
Make this your biggest resource. Getting grounded in gratitude supports relational leadership.
S = Steward
Manage resources. Lead people. Regardless of how good the resource is, people are always your best asset for any endeavor. Care for them.
T = Trust
It's not time that supports trust, it's your behaviors. They show how you're trustworthy.
U = UBUNTU
"I am only because you are." You can only be successful if those around you are successful. You will rise when you lift others.
V = Values
Your core values are your map to navigate life. Use only your map.
W = Wisdom
The industrial age is over. The age of knowledge lingers. What are you doing to move toward the age of wisdom?
X = X-Factor
The true x-factor is unleashing the collective talents of your team. Be a catalyst for connection and extension of everyone's uniqueness.
Y = You
Leadership comes down to two things: realizing it’s not about you…and it’s all about you. It’s about how you’re serving others and how your behaviors provide evidence of your authentic intentions.
Z = Zeal
Your energy and enthusiasm are infectious. They're part of the influence your leadership has on others.