My Inc. post today, “The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity,” begins
The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity
In a leader’s relationships, the 20/80 rule counts, not the 80/20 rule.
LeadershipÂ means people watch you–not to what youÂ wantÂ to say or do, orÂ meanÂ to, but what youÂ actuallyÂ say and do.
Attention toÂ detailÂ counts.
Not sometimes, but always. WhatÂ Vince LombardiÂ said about winningÂ applies to leadership:
Leading is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t lead once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Leading is a habit. Unfortunately, so is failing to lead.
You can learn attention to detail. I would say you have to,Â to lead authentically.
Notice that attention to detail works the opposite of the 80/20 rule. It says to focus on the last few percent, so I call it the 20/80 rule, or the 10/90 rule.
I’m not saying to drop the 80/20 rule. I’m saying it applies in some situations. The 20/80 rule applies in others. Allow me to illustrate…
How to learn attention to detail
It takes seconds to learn but is insidiously difficult for many to practice. You can do the same exercise that heÂ assignsÂ to his Fortune 10 clients. Here’s the whole exercise:
For one week, avoidÂ begin responses with the words “No,” “But,” or “However.”
Read the rest at The 20/80 Rule, Leadership, and Integrity.
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