Leadership for 2011

As we’re entering this new year, I thought I would help you write your new year’s resolutions and daily goal sheets.  The first thing you should put on those lists is to be a better leader.  Why, you ask?  Simply because leadership makes or breaks a company (a family and a person).  It makes customers, employees, suppliers and others want or not want to do business with you.  Feeling a little concerned?  Check out these 3 topics that will head you in the right direction to have a fantastic 2011.

Books to read:

John Maxwell has tons of leadership books (Leadership 101, The Difference Maker, Failing Forward etc.)

Daniel Goleman, Richard E. Boyatzis, and Annie McKee: Primal Leadership

Stephen R. Covey: First Things First, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Wayne Dyer: Being In Balance

Jeffrey A. Krames: What the Best CEO’s know

Leaders to follow:

-John Maxwell: John Maxwell, Giant Impact, INJOY

-Lisa Nirell: Energize Growth

John Assaraf

-Chris Howard: Academy of Wealth and Achievement

-Greg Habstritt: Engage Today, Engaged Entrepreneur

Stephen Dinan/Shift Network

Sean Stephenson/Time To Stand

Actions to take:

-be supportive

-communicate clearly, frequently and with detail

-hire those who support and understand your vision

-work with suppliers who have not just great prices but great business ethics too

-smile

-be friendly and welcoming

-give back to the community

These are just some ideas to get you started.  What are your thoughts on leadership for 2011?  Share them below.

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