The Founding Fathers on Leadership – First Listen, Then Communicate
- Communicate your message with simplicity, consistently, and clarity.
- Communicate in total, without filters or editing. Provide a forum where people can hear the message together and discuss it together.
- Bring people together from distant regions helps to bridge gaps in communication.
- A primary element in your overall strategy should involve disseminating and receiving timely information.
- Be a frequent reader of the controversial literature of the day.
- You do not need to speak for more than ten minutes at a time, nor to any but the main point.
- Do not act without asking, Take time to verify key information.
- Listen, then speak; follow, then lead.
- When things look darkest, stay optimistic and positive; plan on offensive.
- Create “flying camps” in your organization.
- Work by day, think by night.
- Remember that one inspiring communication can turn the tide.
~ Donald T. Phillips, The Founding Fathers on Leadership