- Be great follower. The first thing they teach the new cadets at West Point is to follow directions!
- Set your heart on leading people to greatness, not on your own personal greatness.
- Learn from every situation you are in, good or bad. Then you can repeat success and avoid the mistakes you have made.
- Listen to your trusted advisors. Leadership isn't always being right yourself. It is sorting out the opinions and choosing the right one.
- Lead by example. People will do what you say only if you do first. Teddy Roosevelt was known for leading in battle.
- Take the hardest jobs and give the easier ones to your followers. They will know it - and respect it.
- Stay focused on the future. The endgame is what you are playing for, even as you operate out of the present.
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