The 5 basic principles of leadership.

April 27th, 2012

The Inc. magazine article I posted a  link to Tuesday on Facebook – Geoffrey James’ “8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses” – found its way to my inbox today via email from Its arrival prompted a search in the Brain Food blog archives for my 2010 post on the basic principles of leadership. Some ideas are just worth repeating.

The Basic Principles

  1. Focus on the situation, issue, or behavior, not on the person.
  2. Maintain the self-confidence and self-esteem of others.
  3. Maintain constructive relationships with your employees, peers, and managers.
  4. Take initiative to make things better.
  5. Lead by example.

Whether you’re a boss, manager or team leader, being a good leader isn’t as much about skill as it is about the behaviors and attitudes that build trust and inspire others. There are two questions about you that matter most among the people working with you: Can I trust this person? Does s/he care about me? Your application of the basic principles should make it easy for them to answer in the affirmative.






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3 Responses to “The 5 basic principles of leadership.”

  1. […] my April 27th blog post, I posed two questions that matter most among the people working with you: Can I trust this person? […]

  2. This is good stuff. However i would like to know if there is any difference between basic principles and key principles of leadership.

  3. Julie Tarney says:

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Pierre. I think those words can be synonymous. Perhaps here basics works best for a list of necessities, vs. one key, or crucial, component.