Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Wynton Marsalis: Leadership Lessons

  1. THINK BIG, BUT DON'T BE IMPATIENT. Deferring the rewards of long-term success is difficult but necessary if you are going to have the mental fortitude to achieve them.
  2. BE PERFECT IN INTENTION; YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT IN EXECUTION. Mistakes, by you and your staff, will happen.
  3. YOU CAN ONLY 00 THE BEST THAT YOU CAN DO. Keep your goals high, but don't set yourself up for failure. Be patient.
  4. DON'T APOLOGIZE FOR A MISTAKE. APOLOGIZE IF YOU DON'T PLAY. Knowing that effort is what matters gives people the courage to always try their hardest.
  5. STAY INSIDE YOURSELF; WHEN YOU DO, YOU'LL TAKE A RISK-BUT YOU'LL MAKE AN INTELLIGENT DECISION. Know your strengths and weaknesses.
  6. BELIEF IN OTHER PEOPLE'S CREATIVITY ALLOWS PEOPLE AROUND YOU TO BE THEMSELVES AND ACHIEVE THEIR INDIVIDUALITY. If your staff members have the freedom to achieve as individuals, the returns will be manifold.
  7. APPROACH YOUR TASK VERY SERIOUSLY-BUT WITH HUMOR. Discipline should never come at the expense of closing one's self to new ideas, and vice versa.
  8. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS, AND MANY TIMES THEY ARE UGLY. It's best to be very direct.
  9. IT ISN'T MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. Learn to compromise and be flexible.
  10. WHEN YOU'RE A LEADER, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW, TOO. Good leaders know they don't have a monopoly on brilliant ideas. Be objective and willing to follow Insights you may have missed.
  11. HUMILITY INSPIRES PEOPLE; ORGANIZATION INSPIRES A STAFF. Always try to give your staff clear plans and goals, but allow them room for self-empowerment.
  12. RESPECT THE FREEDOM OF OTHER PEOPLE AND THEIR CREATIVITY. JAZZ MUSIC TEACHES THAT ABOVE ALL ELSE. Giving your staff the freedom to improvise opens the floodgates on innovation.
  13. YOU CAN'T LOOK AT ANY PERSON AND TELL WHETHER THEY CAN PLAY. ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE CAN PLAY. Some of the best talent can be found in the most unexpected places.
  14. THERE IS A LIMIT TO WHAT YOU CAN DEMAND FROM SOMEBODY ELSE. Nothing erodes the spirit like a boss who can never be pleased.
  15. BE FUNDAMENTALLY TRUTHFUL. Without truth, your success will unravel.
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from Success Magazine, July 2007

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6 Comments:

Blogger Meredith Haberfeld said...

Wise, wise.
http://www.meredithhaberfeld.com

Friday, December 28, 2007 3:59:00 PM CST  
Anonymous bz said...

Thanks, Meredith!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008 11:51:00 AM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a leader for 10 years in the manufacturing business, some of the points discussed are a refresher to me. This article is a handy reference for leaders whatever their field maybe. For more mentoring articles consider Young Entrepreneur Society.

www.YoungEntrepreneurSociety.com

Friday, January 18, 2008 3:30:00 PM CST  
Anonymous NY Health Coach said...

Those are some really original lessons. Thanks for the post

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 3:18:00 PM CST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 14th one appears to be mis-quoted. Shouldn't it be: There is a limit on what you can demand from somebody else? That would make it consistent with the follow-up statement, as well as being much better advice!

Thursday, December 10, 2009 5:07:00 PM CST  
Blogger Barry Zweibel said...

Thanks, A. Point 14 revised. Both Wynton and I thank you!

Thursday, December 10, 2009 6:39:00 PM CST  

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