written by Angie Morgan & Courtney Lynch

We launch into Women’s History Month today. To honor this occasion, we thought we’d print the 10 Leadership Principles we wrote about in Leading from the Front: No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women

  1. Meet and Exceed the Standards You Ask of Others. 
    Be the example for others. Lead from the Front.
  2. Make Timely Decisions – Find the 80% Solution. 
    A good decision today is better than one tomorrow. Don’t let perfectionist goals slow you down.
  3. Seek to Take Responsibility Before You Place Blame. 
    Accountability is inspiring. Don’t shy away from it.
  4. True Leaders Dedicate Themselves to Service – Take Care of Those You Lead.
    Your service-based efforts will transform a group of individuals into a team.
  5. Think Before You Act – Especially Before You Overreact.
    Your emotions can either inspire or alienate. Be intentional with how you seek to influence and inspire.
  6. When Faced With a Crisis – Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.
    When you’re amidst a crisis, don’t panic and freeze. Keep moving, keep talking, and keep working to bring a solution to your challenge.
  7. Courage + Initiative + Perseverance + Integrity = Success.
    Success is never about one thing – these four elements, when combined, make your success meaningful and fulfilling.
  8. Don’t Cry Over Something That Won’t Cry Over You.
    Your emotions have value – don’t waste them on people, situations, and experiences that don’t deserve it.
  9. Say You’re Sorry Only When You’re at Fault. 
    Excessive apologies aren’t necessary and can chip away at the credibility you’re seeking to build. When you say you’re sorry, you’ll want it to carry weight – so don’t apologize when you’re not at fault.
  10. Always Lead As You Are.
    There’s only one you, so lead in a way that is uniquely you. The people around you will appreciate you for it!

These principles are truly timeless. Because we learned them in the Marines, we know that they’re quite relevant to men, too. We’d love to hear which one resonates with you the most and why – send us your thoughts.

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