Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership

These leadership commandments were written by Kent M. Keith.

Some really good thoughts to apply to our own leadership styles and attitudes as well as to share with our coaching staffs and players.

  1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
  2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
  3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
  4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
  5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
  6. The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
  7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
  8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
  9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
  10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.

5 comments for “Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership

  1. horacio perez
    January 21, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Great advice! The Lord knew I was needing to read this today.

    • bwiliams@coachingtoolbox.net
      January 23, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Glad we were able to help and thanks for the feedback!

    • Matt Bragg
      May 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      I thought the same thing when I read this! The Lord knows what we need, when we need it!

  2. Brian Walsh
    May 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I saw this a number of years ago but it was credited to Mother Theresa.

    • Brian Walsh
      May 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I have no moderation

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