Brad Sugars’ 10 Principles of Leadership

How are you working towards being a better leader this month? As summertime rolls in, many leaders struggle to keep their team engaged and productive. Use this time to strengthen your own leadership skills to better inspire, empower, and connect with employees and teammates to keep them performing at their best. Expand upon your leadership foundation by focusing on these 10 principles of leadership, defined by ActionCOACH’s founder, Brad Sugars:

  1. Know yourself and seek self-improvement. In order to know yourself, you have to understand your “be”, “know”, and “do” attributes. This is possible by continually strengthening your attributes by reading and self-study.
    1. Be – what you are (your beliefs and values)
    2. Know – what you know (your job, specific tasks, your human nature)
    3. Do – what you do (how you implement, motivate, and provide direction)

  2. Be technically proficient. As a leader, you must know your job and have a solid familiarity with your employees’ jobs.

  3. Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions. Search for ways to guide your organization to new heights. And when things go wrong, do not blame others.

  4. Make sound and timely decisions. Use good problem solving, decision-making, and planning tools.

  5. Set the example. Be a good role model for your employees. They will believe what they see – not what they hear.

  6. Know your people and look out for their well-being. Know human nature and the importance of sincerely caring for your workers.

  7. Keep your people informed. Know how to communicate with your people, seniors, and other key people within the organization.

  8. Develop a sense of accountability, ownership and responsibility in your people. These traits will help them carry out their professional responsibilities.

  9. Ensure tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished. Communication is the key to this responsibility.

  10. Train your people as a team. By developing team spirit, you will be able to employ your organization, department, section, etc. to its fullest capabilities.

What area of leadership do you struggle with the most? Which one of these 10 principles do you plan to focus on this month? Help your employees beat the summer slump by motivating them through better leadership practices. Contact us if there is a specific area of leadership you need help in!

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