Ten Ways to Bring Out Your Samurai Leadership Skills

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-16-2012

Ten Ways to Bring Out Your Samurai Leadership Skills

1. Take Responsibility
No matter what external factors cause problems, you're ultimately the one in charge of your department. And your career.

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2. Be Proactive
That includes looking for better ways to do things, even when everything's going well.

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3. Reflection Without Judgment
Learning from mistakes is commendable, but don't beat yourself up about them.

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4. Make Long-Term Goals Explicit
Only after mapping goals can you plot a course to achieve them.

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5. Evaluate the Cost
Some goals aren't worth the time and energy meeting them requires.

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6. Keep an Open Mind
Many steps toward success are impossible to predict or plan for in advance.

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7. Every Challenge Is Unique
One-size-fits-all approaches are never the right approach.

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8. Provide Clear Direction, and Walk Away
Giving your IT staff a sense of independence and ownership will fuel their motivation.

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9. Understand Beyond the "What"
Knowing why your colleagues say and do what they do is key to responding effectively.

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10. Dominate Your Fear
Acting out of anxiety leads to ill-conceived actions and reactions.

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