The Most Important Leadership Principles

Always be positive, especially during times of crisis or adversity. It is the number one most admired character trait of a leader in civilian, military, and business. It is easily the most important leadership principle.

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” Winston Churchill

To stay positive and inspire others to perform to the best of their abilities, even when failure might be the only foreseeable outcome, separates true leaders from wannabes.

Rex Murphy: Speaking my mind, no matter the issue

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The first speech I gave outside Newfoundland was about Joey Smallwood. I gave it 50 years ago, and my reward was a broadcast address by Smallwood to all of Newfoundland telling me not to come home.

Since then, I’ve given a lot of talks — perhaps more than a thousand. Since my teens, I have been blathering; and, according to one book reviewer, show no sign of abating. She wrote, and I treasure it, “When Rex Murphy dies, they’ll have to kill his mouth with a stick.”

I’ve given talks to farmers, academics, A&W hamburger-restaurant franchisees (a nicer group of people I have not met), and civil servants at both the provincial and federal level. I spoke once about 15 or so years ago to the Canadian Federation of Municipalities (along with Jack Layton, as it happened) at a meeting in Alberta. We both had fun on the platform. Jack’s…

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Don’t Become Discouraged

”History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.“
B. C. Forbes

Procrastination

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” Simone de Beauvoir

Decisions

Everyone has choices they can make even when hope of success is only a distant dream.

You can give up and go down in defeat, you can give in and let someone or something dominate you, or you can focus on winning and use all your resources, your brain, your physical abilities, and give it all you have.

You might not always stand on the winner’s podium, but you will never have to say “I should have tried harder,” or, “ if I had put in a little more effort I would have won.”

Two Forms of Economic Strategy

1) A small group of extremely powerful people controlling the financial health of the nation.

2) A majority of citizens controlling the plight of political parties by elections and ethical conduct boards.