Leadership Lessons

10 Leadership Lessons You Don’t Want To Learn The Hard Way

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By Jack and Suzy Welch

If you’ve ever managed people, chances are you’ve had your share of sure-fire leadership successes, along with a few tough missteps and “wish I had knowns” — and probably learned a thing or two from all of three.

In no particular order, here are a few essential threads of wisdom we’ve collected over the years to add to your playbook. Let’s save you from having to figure them out on your own in 2015.

  • Your company’s values and your personal values must be compatible.
  • Differentiation breeds meritocracy. Sameness breeds mediocrity.
  • In a performance culture, actions have to have consequences — positive or negative.
  • Creating an environment of candor and trust is a must.
  • Attracting, developing and retaining world-class talent is your never-ending job.
  • You must distinguish between coachable development needs in your people and fatal flaws.
  • Simple, consistent, focused communications travel faster and are understood better by the organization.
  • There is nothing more developmental and illuminating than dealing with adversity.
  • Over time, you have to develop a real generosity gene — and love to see each person on your team earn raises, get promotions and grow personally.
  • Continuous learning is critical for success — make it a priority.

We welcome each of you to add your own favorites to the list.

Cheers to a winning new year and to your constant growth as a leader.

FLI Jack Welch Management InstituteJack Welch is Executive Chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University. Through its online MBA program, the Jack Welch Management Institute provides students and organizations with the proven methodologies, immediately actionable practices, and respected credentials needed to win in business.

Suzy Welch is a best-selling author, popular television commentator, and noted business journalist. Her New York Times bestselling book, 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, presents a powerful decision-making strategy for success at work and in parenting, love and friendship. Together with her husband Jack Welch, Suzy is also co-author of the #1 international bestseller Winning, and its companion volume, Winning: The Answers. Since 2005, they have written business columns for several publications, including Business Week magazine, Thomson Reuters digital platforms, Fortune magazine, and the New York Times syndicate.

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