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  1. My most important learning as a leader was about letting go. If the team is performing well, you are doing exactly what you need to do, even if it is just staying out of the way sometimes! ;)

  2. Art Petty says:

    Monica, that’s a great add! How many leaders continue to hold on in spite of the fact that there job is now to let others grow and learn. This is a huge issue in technical environments where brilliant individual contributors are put in positions of leadership and miss the memo that their technical skills are not the issue any longer. -Art

  3. Great Stuff Art,
    Challenge is, if they told you back then…would you have listened?
    Leaders today need to be taking the “young bucks” under their wing and getting them ready for the challenges ahead. As I meet with young leaders I feel like I need to write a song…” where have all the mentors gone?” because some of what they are saying to me is so basic they obviously never had a mentor. I was blessed to have many.
    This has become such a pervasive issue I started a track on my blog called Mentor Moments for those who need advice and are not receiving it. Perceptions become reality for young soon to be leaders, so I wrote a post titled: You don’t have to be a Prick …http://nosmokeandmirrors.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/mentor-moment-2-you-dont-have-to-be-a-prick-ly-person-to-become-a-leader/.
    I enjoyed your book and highly recommend it as well.
    Mark Allen Roberts

  4. Art Petty says:

    Mark, thanks as always for sharing. I love your “Mentor Moments” track. That sounds like an idea worth emulating! -Art

  5. GREAT post Art! I believe my most valuable learning is how your leadership credibility will cultivate & foster your professional relationships, both up and down the hierarchy.

    You’ll need to either filter down or deflect firedrills & unproductive assignments that come from above – your credibility is what will allow you to deflect the unnecessary firedrills & projects without too much objection from whoever’s making the request. Meanwhile, your team is smart enough to realize that you’re looking out for them by shielding them from unnecessary assignments, strengthening the team bonds as well as your position as their leader.

  6. Art Petty says:

    Steve, it is always great to hear from you! Thanks for the contribution on Credibility. I agree. Credibility is most definitely the leader’s currency! -Art

  7. Thanks for this, Art. I consider it a public service.

  8. Art Petty says:

    Wally, thanks for serving as such a great mentor to many via your writing! -Art

  9. Congratulations! This post was selected as one of the five best independent business blog posts of the week in my Three Star Leadership Midweek Review of the Business Blogs.

    http://blog.threestarleadership.com/2009/07/29/72909-midweek-look-at-the-independent-business-blogs.aspx

    Wally Bock

  10. Art, this is exceptional. Glad I found your blog – Wally to thank for that. Keep up the good work. Bret

  11. Art Petty says:

    Bret, thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind words! Much appreciated. -Art

  12. GREAT post, Art! A must read for all new leaders, and a great reminder to experienced leaders as well.

    One additional area a new leader will want to address is the ENERGY they exude. How they are “being” in their role, whether experienced or not, will impact the people they lead. If they approach people with mistrust and aggressive behavior, they will create a defensive environment. If the are fearful, people may seek to overtake them, etc. Being a leader who is clear on the reason they have two ears and one mouth will be a first step towards gathering valuable information about how to lead their team. Looking for the positive learning opportunities in each challenging situation will also lay the groundwork for dialog, collaboration and creative problem-solving along the way to becoming an outstanding leader.

    Thank you for your post ~ I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    ~Laurie

  13. Art Petty says:

    Laurie, thanks for your enthusiastic response and your great addition to the group’s wisdom. I love when the comments start to add more than the post! Best, Art

  14. Leading is living it from the bottom of your soul – whether it is being a parent or a business person. A big task to live up to but it is something to aspire to constantly.

  15. Art –
    Great idea, using Twitter to collect these words of wisdom.
    I would tell a new leader to read your book, Practical Lessons in Leadership. Then read it again. It’s a must for any new leader.
    I’d also have them answer these questions before they accept the postion:
    http://www.greatleadershipbydan.com/2009/07/three-questions-for-potential-managers.html
    Dan

  16. Art Petty says:

    Dan, thanks for your kind words on the book! Of course, they would have to subscribe to “Great Leadership” as part of their on-going education and development!

    Sue, very nice philosophical and foundational addition!

    Thanks!

    Art

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