I started my own meme on my blogs yesterday with the above topic; well, in general the above topic. I tend to write fairly long posts, but I decided to try something a little different in writing a post that should only take the average reader 2 minutes at best. I've tackled blogging and finances in two other blogs and now I'm tackling leadership. Can I do a leadership post for a 2-minute read? Let's find out.

General William E. Ward
via Flickr

1. Leaders don't have to know it all; they need to know how to find out what they don't know.

2. Leaders don't have to do it all. Learn how to delegate and ask questions of others.

3. Leaders don't have to put in long hours just to show how committed they are. Learn how to relax from time to time and don't burn yourself out.

4. Leaders are human, which means sometimes they make mistakes. Always try to do your best but realize you're not infallible, and realize that for those working for you as well.

5. Leaders share; don't hog all the credit when you don't deserve it, and sometimes when you do try to figure out how to share the glory.

6. Leaders need time to think. Thinking is what most leaders are supposed to do, and you can't think of you don't take time to do it.

7. Leaders need to learn when to say yes and when to say no. You can't okay everything because some things aren't good, but you can't automatically say no to everything because you don't agree or don't understand it.

8. Leaders need to learn how to listen. Listening is not only the best skill a leader can have, but it's their most valuable skill as well.

9. Leaders need to know how to evaluate talent. Everyone isn't great but everyone isn't bad either. Every one has unique skills, speeds at which they can work and speeds at which they learn. Figure everyone out and you can merge them into a well oiled team.

10. Leaders need to be fair. All anyone wants is to be treated fairly, and if those who work for you see that they'll go to the ends of the earth for you.

Now, go out there and lead!