10 Guaranteed Steps to Leadership Excellence


  1. Be strategic. Be Tactical. Be a firefighter.
  2. Push for productivity. For excellence. Pull. Pull with PURPOSE.
  3. Set pace. Drive. Pause. Stop. Change. BALANCE.
  4. Build Relationships. CARE. Keep adequate distance.
  5. Learn. Coach. Nurture. Correct.
  6. Hire. Upgrade. Right-size. Fire. (sigh)
  7. Lead. Manage. Own. Delegate. Follow. Release.
  8. Show Strength. Be Resilient. Be Tough. Be Fair. Be compassionate. Admit weakness.
  9. Cheer. Rally. Celebrate. Recognize. Recover.  Regroup. INSPIRE.
  10. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. BE ON.


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  1. #10 is…exhausting.


  2. first of all, i loved this film and the story of this passionate man on the wire.
    secondly, i would say, ‘be. fully.’


  3. Not me 🙂 I hate to be strategic. Be Tactical. Be a firefighter. I am how I am 🙂
    Thanks and Love, nia


  4. Great list – I would add, ‘be yourself’ and ‘laugh’ – take your work seriously, take yourself lightly. The list is so intense – and there has to be some place in the day to modulate the stress. Either that, or everyone dies younger than they should.


  5. So, that’s all it takes?


  6. WMS! WMS!!


  7. Be on fire!


  8. Interesting advice stack, David. I wonder if Philippe Petit would recognize it. Is the list associated with him? He is completely disciplined when planning to do the impossible. Yet he is first of all I think a visionary who may use methods that would surprise us. What do you think, David?


  9. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    Where does stubbornness fit in?


  10. Reblogged this on Movers, Shakers, Leadership Makers.


  11. Reblogged this on Sell, Lead, Succeed! and commented:
    David Kanigan is one of my favourite bloggers out there. Check out these fantastic steps to leadership excellence!


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