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President schulz's 16 principles of leadership

1. Be an effective communicator.

2. Give the people who work for you the freedom and flexibility to use their talents without risk.

3. Be able to listen when necessary and speak up when necessary: balance these two important skills.

4. Don't remind everyone of everything you have ever done whenever they bring up an idea: your colleagues will respect you without reading your resume.

5. Never mistake age, gray hair, pedigree, gender, or IQ for a leadership ability.

6. Balance leadership with management. Don't shirk either one.

7. Dress well and maintain an appropriate external appearance: first impressions do matter.

8. Recognize your shortcomings and surround yourself with people who will address those shortcomings (see principle 2).

9. Do what you feel is right all of the time, regardless of circumstance.

10. Don't sit in your office waiting for people to come to you: go see them in their workspace.

11. There are always people who will come up with reasons why you can't do something: ignore them.

12. Always put critical decisions and promises in writing. If you cannot put it in writing, then you have no business making decisions.

13. When giving controversial news, always do it in a way you would feel comfortable with if the roles were reversed.

14. Always treat your boss in the same way you want your employees to treat you.

15. Pick a time/life management system, and use it regularly.

16. It is not how long or how hard you work, but how effectively.

Compiled by Tim Schrag
Collegian senior staff writer