Johnnetta Cole's 12 Steps to Effective Leadership
  • Surround yourself with folks who are as good as or better than you can be. If mediocrity is all around you, there is no way to become confident in your abilities.

  • Delegate authority and require results. An inability to do so is a sign of your lack of confidence.

  • Model the behavior that is expected of others. Quite simply, you can't lead where you won't go.

  • Believe in and inspire positive change. Unless you believe change is possible, you cannot be a leader. This, she says, might be at the core of it all.
  • Take work seriously, but not yourself.

  • You must have a passion for work, but know when it's time to move on. Leaders who stay too long cease to be leaders. You've got to leave when people still want you to stay. You must be in tune with the rhythm of your institution.

  • Integrity: you must have it and express it.

  • A good leader has a handle on their assets and inabilities; strengths and weaknesses; and understands the possible contributions of their colleagues. The good leaders build a team that can fill in the holes. It is also just as important to acknowledge the contributions of others (recognition!).

  • Anyone who is a leader didn't get there on their own. Be a mentor! Offer internships, shadowing opportunities and counseling to those on their way up. Leaders are always in the act of making other leaders. It is imperative to help build bridges into communities that you came from and lift others as you climb.

  • Leadership is about service, not being served. Our lives do not belong to us alone, but to those who need us most.

  • Leaders must engage in continuing education. If we cease to ask questions and learn, we are old. Life is a process. We should never feel the "I've arrived."

  • Leaders should never struggle with issues of diversity and inclusion.