Leadership Nuggets

"But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave." Jesus Christ (Matthew 20:26, 27 NLT)

100 Leadership Nuggets


  1. Have personal values. It will guide the difficult decision and choices you have to make
  2. Live your values, people must be able to tell what your values are without you telling them
  3. It’s all about relationships. Nurture value adding relationships, man to man, man and nature
  4.  Be consistent-your integrity depends on this
  5.  Honesty is key; if you get caught in a lie, your integrity and respect is gone
  6. Be self-aware; who are you, your strengths, your weaknesses, your beliefs
  7. Always take the initiative; do not wait for someone to tell you before you do
  8. Be proactive
  9. Be focus on vision, goals, priorities
  10. Perseverance [II Cor. 11:23-28; Heb. 12:1-2] will see you through challenging times and builds character
  11. Surround yourself with an inner circle of the right people
  12. Learn and keep learning for increased knowledge, from every experience
  13. Read, study and learn from the histories of great leaders
  14. Train and keep training to perfect your skills [Prov. 22:29]
  15.  Develop the ability to think out of the box
  16. Be a thinker: think for yourself, new insights, new paradigms, cut through traditional ways of doing things
  17. Be Authentic:  Be you, be (positively) different, do something different that sets you apart as a leader
  18. Love others as you love yourself (Christ loves you and died for you)
  19. Do not be afraid of hard work (Prov. 10:26); go the extra mile, be a self starter and be self motivated
  20. Maximise the talents (that God has given you)
  21. Learn about people’s talents. Whenever you’re with people, watch, listen and learn. Learn what their values are, what they’re most passionate about (what they talk about the most) and what they do constantly.
  22. Keep any knowledge gained in your mental database. Use it when opportunities come.
  23.  Learn about yourself-what works for you and what does not.
  24. Learn from every experience and utilise those lessons. Keep a journal of lessons learnt
  25. Timing is critical, know when the time is perfect
  26. Know people’s pressure points, what is important/valuable to them e.g. values, spirituality, children
  27. When you want to influence people , make their pressure points central to your point
  28. Be disciplined [Prov. 12:1]
  29. Do not take/use an isolated event. Always look at trends
  30. Do not ignore one incidence. Just do not base your decision on it.
  31. Learn about others you relate with: their passions, talents, motivators, dislikes etc. (Awareness)
  32. Let your being-and-doing self be the same; who you are on the outside should reflect who you are inside. Don't be two faced
  33. Let your work ethics reflects your values
  34. Who you are is seen by what you do
  35. Think positively
  36. Look first for the good things in others
  37. Do not focus so much on people’s weak areas; we all have it
  38. Build credibility in your technical area; consistency and quality
  39. Walk the talk. Practise what you preach. Let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ is no. This is the essence of integrity.
  40.  Lead by your character. You can fool others in the short term, but your character will bear you out.
  41. Seek wisdom diligently (wisdom is the principle thing). Wisdom is more valuable than  rubies [Prov. 8:10]
  42. Seek respect through demonstrating humility and integrity
  43. Appreciate, appreciate and appreciate
  44. When giving feedback, do positive ; everyone has strengths; highlight these first
  45. See people as a “10” not a zero
  46. Be humble. Humility is the  essence of a leader.
  47. To accompany your vision (or you purpose), you must be ready to serve others (first)
  48. You need character, built by integrity, values and principles. Character makes a leader. Develop yours
  49. Integrity is the care of a great leader (Proverbs 20:7)
  50. Always seek to bring the best out of people
  51. Demonstrate loyalty and kindness
  52. Use words as a tool. listen to the words people use.
  53. Listen to understand than to respond- Stephen Covey
  54. Respond   with  the  intention to get understanding, than to make people feel stupid.
  55. Use a  few word to get  your message across many word  confuses the  message(ref prov 17:27)
  56. Never respond either verbally or in  writing an  angry  (or any  negative emotion) feeling,
  57. Get  to know people’s  core values,( it drives   what  they do, what is important  to them, how  they think )
  58. Have  and demonstrate compassion for people(million leader mandate)
  59. Have  self control
  60. Control your temper (prov 19:11)
  61. Every time you learn, you take  a closer step towards  excellence/perfection.
  62. Every failure  is an  opportunity to learn.
  63. Every success is a step toward excellence.
  64.  Never  repeat the same mistake twice. Learn
  65. Use ‘we’ when referring to  success and ‘we’ when referring to other ‘s failure
  66. Leadership is about the team, acknowledge success as a group effort, and showing support for other’s  failure.
  67. Character   makes  leader. Develop yours.
  68. Have a servant attitude. Serving others only comes from love not recognition
  69. Serving others only comes from love, not  for recognition.
  70. Judge action  not people.
  71. Do not fight other people ‘s  battle. Be  objective.
  72. As much as  possible  go far a  win-win  in  negotiation, are conflict  management.
  73. Never compromise on  your principles.
  74. Identify high potential and seek opportunities to develop and promote them.
  75. Never  focus  or  join bashing others for their mistakes. It  could happen to you, as we all make mistakes.
  76. If  you treat bad , you will be treated worse
  77. If  you treat kind , you  will get kinder.
  78. Define your  minimum quality as non negotiable, then work flexibly to increase/ improve this.
  79. God must be your key consultant and partner.
  80. Try to avoid the “but “ when positively other’s suggestion. Use “and”  in  addition.
  81. Give feedback to edify. Not  to  payback or hurt.
  82. Do more than  expected.
  83. Please God  and  develop your spiritual maturity.
  84. Lead with  the right motive(integrity); justice, fairness and honesty
  85. Work hard for  your own need and  others. Act 20:33.
  86. Give more  than you  receive.
  87. When dealing with conflict, focus  on where  you are going to and not  what you are going through.(Dr Edwin L. Cole)
  88. Ask question more than  giving  answers.
  89. Do not ignore  any criticism or  feedback. Evaluate them honestly and take an action,  even  if that  action  is “no” action  necessary.
  90. Learn  the  background(language, culture,  tradition) of  your team. Understanding  African  culture is very important, it gives  understanding of their world view.
  91. As a leader, give your view last. Summarising  what you heard from others, if  the  views  are aligned  with yours. Just  re –affirm it.
  92. If  you are  leading in  a different country, than your  nationality, wear  the national team’s  sport shirt. It communicates support and build  loyalty.
  93. In dealing with poor/wear performance, identify the concern, identify the reason, identify what "I" can do to solve the problem
  94. Focusing on  what ‘ I’ can do in  dealing/solving a problem makes  you think creatively out of the box.
  95. Respect and  show  support to your  peers.
  96. Put your self in other person’s shoes  before  you   make a decision that affect them.
  97. Treat  others   how  you want  to be treated.
  98. Strive  to add value  to others.
  99. Be more conscious of  your  'responsibilities' than  'your right' . This  is a key concept of servant leadership.
  100. Servant leadership  means eating humble pie.

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