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In his article "The Most Powerful Habit You Can Imagine," servant leader Bruce Kasanoff shares his perspective on what guides his career and personal decisions. He developed a single sentence as his guide:
Be generous and expert, trustworthy and clear, open-minded and adaptable, persistent and present."
- Generous means to help others long before - and after - you need their help.
- Expert means to be very competent in one or more areas that others value. It also means that whenever you take on a new task, do your best.
- Trustworthy means to take ownership of your words and actions, and recognize that you live in a world in which they will increasingly be recorded, remembered, analyzed, and replayed.
- Clear means to know what you want and to be able to communicate it effectively.
- Open-minded means no matter how expert or successful you become, never stop listening and learning.
- Adaptable means to keep your options open, so that when the world surprises you, it won't be that surprising.
- Persistent means to keep trying, even when times are tough and you are tempted to quit.
- Present means that although you should learn from the past and be prepared for the future, you should pay close attention to the present moment as it unfolds - otherwise, you will miss a great deal.
- Duty ~ Develop your subordinates for the future. Be proficient in your job, both technically and as a leader.
- Respect ~ Know your subordinates and look out for their well-being. Build the team.
- Integrity ~ Set the example. Seek responsibility and accept responsibility for your actions.
- Respect ~ Keep your subordinates informed.
- Respect ~ Employ your subordinates in accordance with their capabilities.
- Duty - Make sound and timely decisions.
- Integrity ~ Know yourself and seek improvement.
- Duty ~ Ensure tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished.
- Duty/Leader's Intent ~ Provide purpose, direction, and motivation for subordinates.
- Making Sound and Timely Decisions ~ Maintain situation awareness.