Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Leadership Principles by an Apprentice Winner

Kelly Perdew is a West Point grad who, while serving in the Army, was a Ranger and an Intelligence Officer. Today, he is an entrepreneur and CEO of Rotohog.com. Probably, you would recognize him mostly for the fact that he was the Season 2 winner of Donald Trump's "Apprentice."

Here are some leadership principles that Kelly adapted from his military background and writes about in his book TAKE COMMAND: 10 Leadership Principles I Learned in the Military and Put to Work for Donald Trump.

Integrity:
Take the harder right over the easier wrong.

Duty:
Do what you’re supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it.

Passion:
Be passionate about what you do, or do what you’re passionate about.

Impeccability:
If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.

Teamwork:
There is no “I” in TEAM.

Selfless Service:
Give back.

Planning:
Fail to plan, plan to fail.

Loyalty:
Up, down, and across your organization.

Perseverance:
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Flexibility:
The person with the most varied responses wins.

One thing you might wish to reflect upon as you look at Kelly's principles is that these are not merely "Leadership" principles. In every organization, success also requires people with a good sense of "Followership." Each of these principles can also be applied in that context.

In other words, the practice of leadership is not reserved to those in leadership positions.

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