Fear is not a workplace motivator. Many of us have had the sad occasion at one time or another to work for someone who was just plain mean. So mean that they took out all their insecurities and anger on their employees. If things went wrong for them watch out. If you are a leader with anger issues, get them under control by seeking to determine their root causes. Work to understand the importance of anger management in the workplace and learn to express all your emotions appropriately.

People who work in the field of educational administration are very well connected. The pipeline is fluid especially in the state of California. If you badmouth a current employer or coworker, that information travels fast and may hurt your reputation or limit any chances for promotion. It’s a small world and it’s important to maintain your professionalism and not put your career in jeopardy.  

As a leader, by openly sharing your philosophy that you respect the cultural and individual differences of all people, you set the tone for your organization. “Put your money where your mouth is” by providing leadership to review and monitor policies and programs that reflect issues of growing diversity. Follow through with your beliefs.

We live in a time when new information and knowledge is being exponentially created every second of every day. As a leader staying at the top of the game requires one to stay current and sends a strong message to stakeholders that we value learning and expect it from those in the organization. However, it is important that we get off the computer and actually spend time engaging with people. Some of the best learning comes from asking questions and listening. Take some time to get up from your desk, step away from the computer, and get out there and experience and learn.

Good leaders make decisions that can have an influence on someone’s compensation, opportunity, and success. Keeping the lines clear between boss and employee prevents the perception that decisions are based on some kind of emotional bias and can circumvent conditions where lifelong enemies are created.

Administrators who turn a blind eye when approving suspect employee credit card expenditures risk tainting their own professional reputations.  As a leader, if you turn a blind eye and condemn any small crimes in the workplace, your brand will suffer big time.

NEVER MISS A GOOD CHANCE TO SHUT UP: The most important part of being an effective leader involves the fine art of learning to listen.  If you catch yourself saying "Yes but...." you are not listening.

One of the biggest rookie leadership mistakes is to take over the helm of an organization and not honor existing traditions. Traditions are what build culture and group cohesion. Just think, discarding a long held tradition in your organization is just like taking Christmas away from a five-year-old. Don’t do it! Find out what the traditions are and become part of them. You can always start your new traditions as you honor the past and embrace the future.

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As a leader what happens when you promise something and don’t follow through? People stop trusting you. The size of the promise makes no difference; if you promise that you will call someone at 4 p.m. and don’t make the call until 4:15 you have not kept your word. And your word goes a long way in leadership. If you promise employees that you will look into unsafe work situations and you do not follow through, people will learn not to believe you. Be careful with your word, it’s worth more than you think. Keep your word and you will be respected, trusted, and admired throughout your entire leadership career.

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