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Leadership the Carnegie Way

Have you ever gone someplace thinking you would not need a map (or use GPS via your phone)? Sometimes we overestimate how well we can handle certain situations. Imagine having a map to help you lead other people. Dale Carnegie provided some principles that can help guide people on their journey as a leader. In his book How to Win Friends and Influence People Mr. Carnegie provides principles on how to become friendlier, persuade people to your way of thinking, and becoming a leader. Some of the principles may seem so obvious but taking time to review them will go a long way in keeping people from going off course as a leader. Here are the 9 principles from Dale Carnegie on being a leader:

1. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.

2. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.

3. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.

4. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.

5. Let the other person save face.

6. Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”

7. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.

8. Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.

9. Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.

If you have not read How to Win Friends and Influence People find a copy to read today. If you have read the book but it has been awhile then go back to the book as a refresher. Once you are comfortable with Mr. Carnegie’s concepts then you can share the book with family and friends.

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