I was very impressed with the list of Essential Hallmarks of a Good Leader that Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase published on LinkedIn.
As our Congress actively works through budgeting issues around the running of our country, I thought it would be a great time to show how our congress-men and -women are applying these leadership qualities and how we can apply them to running our own businesses:
- Discipline. As you constantly strive for improvement in your business, follow congressional leaders strategy of making a long-term strategy and sticking to it!
- Fortitude. Your fierce resolve to act should include taking ownership and responsibility.
- High standards. Set high standards for your business and make sure to surround yourself with “friendlies” who will support your idealogical battles.
- Ability to face facts. While it’s okay to celebrate success, all relevant facts must be reported with full disclosure on one set of books.
- Openness. The best leaders kill bureaucracy.
- Set up for success. Make sure your favorite programs are funded outside the normal mechanisms.
- Morale-building. Regular and effective communication can help build morale by giving you the tools you need to fix problems, deal directly and honestly with issues, etc.
- Loyalty, meritocracy and teamwork. Working well with others can give you a broad level of support to implement your programs from a place of strength.
- Fair treatment. Make sure to treat all employees fairly and respectively, from clerks to CEOs, from Congressmen to forest rangers.
- Humility. The need to recognize and acknowledge the leaders that came before you is critical to remembering that there’s a lot of luck involved in anyone’s success.
Want a slightly more serious take on the Government #Shutdown?
Check out this post on Can Your Business Afford the Government Shutdown?