Attribution: Professor Michael Buckland, University of Alaska, Anchorage

There are times when a mentor shows up in your life and shakes things up a bit. I was fortunate to have this leader step in to my life and show me leadership principles that have stood the test of time. I hope you garner as much from these as I have over the years.

The function of a leader is to chart a course, not to seek approval.

A leader cannot chart a course without a moral compass.

If you start to take Vienna – then take Vienna!

Lead with your life.

A leader must see reality clearly and act wisely.

A leader must have a vision, set values and embody virtues.

Lead people, manage things.

You can’t push a string.

A leader focuses on motivating people, not manipulating them.

In order to be convincing, we must be convinced.

Commitments are far more important than committees.

Explain yourself, but never defend yourself.

Sell your ideas, not yourself.

Serve a cause, don’t become one.

First In, last out.

Leadership is about serving, not deserving.

Leadership is about responsibility, not about rank, privilege or power.

Give authority to those who seek responsibility.

Authority flows to those who take it.

Authority = the ability to author.

Responsible = response-able

Leadership is more about influence than about authority.

Fix problems, not blame.

A leader takes less than his share of the credit, more than his share of the blame.

A leader shows his subordinates the same level of respect that he shows his superiors.

A leader stands up for his team.

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