10 Things Which Will Disqualify You From Leadership

Whenever I talk with young leaders we often discuss what a leader is and what a leader is not.  Many times they focus on skills and the ability to complete a task or assignment.  While those things are important I remind them of something more important.  Something which is enduring.  I remind young leaders of the following:

  1. Loyalty alone does not make you a leader.  But disloyalty disqualifies you from being one.
  2. Honesty alone does not make you a leader.  But dishonesty disqualifies you from being one.
  3. Integrity alone does not make you a leader.  But a lack of integrity disqualifies you from being one.
  4. People skills alone does not make you a leader.  But a lack of people skills disqualifies you from being one.
  5. Generosity alone does not make you a leader.  But selfishness will eventually disqualify you from being one.
  6. Self-control alone does not make you a leader.  But anger will eventually disqualify you from being one.
  7. Being under authority alone does not make you a leader.  But rebellion disqualifies you from being one.
  8. Trustworthiness alone does not make you a leader.  But being untrustworthy disqualifies you from being one.
  9. Respect alone does not make you a leader.  But disrespect disqualifies you from being one.
  10. Caring for others alone does not make you a leader.  But not caring for others disqualifies you from being one.

What do you tell others leadership is and is not?

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